As various industries begin to gradually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, air travel is starting to get back into our lives. Right now, thousands of people are traveling by plane for work, to return home, or even go on vacation. However, the UK government has recently warned its citizens not to visit several Nigerian states. Find out what those states are and why UK citizens are advised against visiting them!
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1. Which states are UK citizens advised against visiting?
Earlier this summer, the official website for the UK government issued an extensive guide to those who intend to visit Nigeria. In this guide, the government not only specified the reasons why UK citizens should abstain from visiting those states, which we will cover later, but also listed the states that possess a lot of risks for the travellers.
The list is divided into two sections. The first section includes states and areas where UK citizens are advised against all but essential travel:
- Bauchi State
- Zamfara State
- Kano State
- Kaduna State
- within 20km of the state border with Kaduna and Zamfara states in Niger State, west of the Kaduna River
- Jigawa State
- Katsina State
- Kogi State
- within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States
- non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State
- Abia State
The second section of the list includes states and areas that UK citizens are advised against visiting for any reasons:
- Borno State
- Yobe State
- Adamawa State
- Gombe State
- riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States
- within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State
2. Why are UK citizens warned against visiting those states?
The list of states UK citizens are advised against visiting is rather extensive, but why exactly has the UK resorted to such drastic measures? Given the current situation with the coronavirus, your first guess is probably that it has something to do with COVID-19, but the official UK government website specifically denies any connection to the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the travel advice. These are the reasons why UK citizens should abstain from visiting the Nigerian states and areas listed above:
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- High risk of terrorist attacks in various Nigerian states
- Government’s intentions to combat terrorists with airstrikes
- High threat of kidnapping
- Zika virus, Ebola virus, and Lassa fever threats
3. What else you should know as a UK citizen travelling to Nigeria
If you decide to go to Nigeria, especially the states where it’s advised to withhold any travel, your visit will be further complicated by the existing COVID-19 restrictions. If you are a UK citizen visiting Nigeria, you will need to complete a 14-day self-isolation at the location of your choice. In case you display the coronavirus symptoms on arrival, you will need to be quarantined at a government-monitored hotel. Upon your arrival back at the UK, you will once again need to self-isolate for 14 days and provide full details of your stay in Nigeria.
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