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What are the new Covid travel rules and why has Nigeria been added to red list?
Testing rules for travellers to the UK will revert largely to where they were months ago, the health secretary has said.
Airlines, holiday firms and cruise and ferry lines are aghast at the latest government U-turn, just a week after the red list was revived and testing rules toughened.
Sajid Javid has also extended the red list, requiring travellers returning from Nigeria who arrive after 4am on Monday 6 December to go into hotel quarantine at a cost of thousands of pounds.
These are the key questions and answers.
What has changed?
The government has added extra Covid-19 checks for everyone aged 12 and over travelling to the UK from any foreign country except Ireland and Ethiopia. This is in addition to the PCR test on arrivals that was introduced on 30 November.
The move applies for travellers arriving from 4am on Tuesday 7 December. It will add cost and complexity to Christmas and New Year plans for millions of travellers – and increase uncertainty for anyone thinking of going away.
Arrivals from Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, will need to enter “managed isolation”, as hotel quarantine is known, for 11 nights. They join travellers from 10 southern African countries.
The changes are in response to concerns about the spread of the omicron variant of coronavirus. It follows 21 cases of omicron reported in England that were linked to travel from Nigeria.
Mr Javid tweeted: “In light of the most recent data we are taking further action to slow the incursion of the omicron variant.
“From 4am Monday, only UK and Irish citizens and residents travelling from Nigeria will be allowed entry and must isolate in a managed quarantine facility.
“And, from 4am Tuesday, anyone travelling to the UK from countries not on the red list will be required to take a pre-departure test, regardless of their vaccination status.”
The health secretary added: “Vaccines remain our first line of defence – the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.
“Please get vaccinated or #GetBoosted as soon as you can.”
What tests will I now need?
From 4am on Tuesday fully vaccinated arrivals must take a pre-departure test, which can be lateral flow/rapid antigen or PCR, in addition to the post-arrival PCR.
As PCR tests are slower and more expensive, most travellers will settle for a quick, cheap lateral flow. Self-administered tests taken from the UK, but NHS tests cannot be used.
Professionally administered tests are more likely to give an accurate result.
Britain's biggest holiday company, Tui, is telling customers: “We would like to reassure customers that their holiday is still due to operate as planned, and our destination teams are confirming testing availability for customers in resort.
“Customers in resort should contact their TUI representative for their nearest testing clinic.”
How far in advance must I take the pre-departure test?
Different government publications give different versions of how far in advance the test must be taken. The press release about the new rules says the test should be taken “no earlier than 48 hours before departure”. The health secretary gave the same timescale.
But the official statement of the rules is: “From 4am 7 December, you can take the test any time in the two days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.” It can be taken on either of the two days before departure to the UK, or on the day of travel.
For a Wednesday flight from the US to the UK, arriving the following morning, you could test on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. So for a 9pm flight on Wednesday, you could in theory take the test at 9am on Monday – 60 hours before departure.
The government insists both versions mean the same thing. It adds: “The window between infection and infectiousness may be shorter for the omicron variant, which increases the efficacy of pre-departure testing as it is more likely to identify positive cases before travel.
“Given the reduced incubation period of the omicron variant, passengers are advised to take the pre-departure test as close as possible to their scheduled departure to the UK.
What if I am on a very short journey, such as a day trip to Lapland?
You can test before departure to the overseas country.
How much is this going to cost?
Pre-departure tests will depend on prevailing prices in the location – typically €25-€30 (£21-£25) in Europe.
A negative certificate will need to be presented to the airline, shipping firm or train operator before departure. In addition, each traveller aged five or over (from aged 11 in Scotland) must book a post-arrival PCR test, typically costing £40-£70.
What are the rules for unvaccinated travellers?
The rules remain almost the same: a pre-departure test two days ahead (down from three days), PCR tests booked for days two and eight and self-isolation for 10 days – reduced to five in England if you take a “test to release” halfway through.
Haven’t we been here before?
Yes, from May to September 2021, fully vaccinated travellers to the UK had to take both pre-departure and post-arrival tests. The pre-departure test was scrapped in October, and travellers could opt for a cheaper and faster lateral flow test on arrival.
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said in October: “We are accelerating towards a future where travel continues to reopen safely and remains open for good.”
“With more than 8 in 10 people now fully vaccinated, we are able to take these steps to lower the cost of testing and help the sector to continue in its recovery.”
The rules have reverted to where they were in summer – with the added twist of travellers being obliged to self-isolate until a negative PCR result is received.
Mr Shapps tweeted on Saturday evening: “As the scientists work to understand new omicron variant we need to apply additional caution until the picture is clearer.
“We appreciate this will be difficult for the travel sector as we prioritise public health and protect the progress of our world-leading vaccination and booster programme.”
What happens if I test positive abroad?
You must immediately notify the local health authority and follow their instructions for isolation, which could be at your cost. Some travel insurance policies will cover the costs involved.
Travel firms will generally be flexible about moving bookings for people who test positive ahead of their flight/ferry/train and allow postponement.
What if someone tests positive for omicron on my flight?
You must self-isolate for 10 days.
What is this doing to traveller confidence?
The will to travel is being rapidly eroded. With two very significant changes in the space of a week, many travellers will conclude that the risk of being caught by hotel quarantine or unexpectedly high testing costs render journeys too uncertain.
How has the travel industry responded?
With renewed fury at the government’s latest U-turn on testing.
The chairman and chief executive of British Airways, Sean Doyle, said: “The blanket re-introduction of testing to enter the UK, on top of the current regime of isolation and PCR testing on arrival is completely out of step with the rest of the world, with every other country taking a measured approach based on the science.
“Our customers will now be faced with uncertainty and chaos and yet again this is a devastating blow for everyone who works in the travel industry.”
Martin Chalk, general secretary of the pilots’ union, Balpa, said: “The new costs and stress of travel seem designed to destroy confidence in air travel and the idea of families being confident in booking to reunite over the holidays, many for the first time since Covid, is now a cruel joke.”
Tim Alderslade, CEO of the industry body Airlines UK, said: “It is premature to hit millions of passengers and industry before we see the full data. We don’t have the clinical evidence.
“We know from experience that blanket restrictions do not stop the importation of variants. It’s already here.
“They’ve now changed their travel advice twice within a week and it’s just impossible for anyone to plan.
“These measures must be removed as quickly as possible in line with the speed of the booster programme.”
He added, though, that “The red list extension made complete sense – that’s what it’s there for.”
The veteran tour guide and photographer, Paul Goldstein, said: “This woeful government seem determined to hammer a few nails in the industry’s coffin and starve everyone in Africa.
“The variant is well and truly out of the bag anyway and I struggle to see how this draconian edict could ever be described as ‘learning to live with Covid’.”
Any way out of Nigeria before the deadline?
British Airways has seats on Sunday’s overnight Lagos-London Heathrow service for £1,575. The flight is due in at 4.50am, and there is a chance BA may try to bring it in so that the wheels touch the ground before 4am on Monday.
From the capital, Abuja, there are no direct flights before the deadline. Four seats left on Monday’s daytime flight to Heathrow are available at £730 one way, but the service will arrive too late.
The Independent has been unable to find any connecting flights from Lagos or Abuja on Sunday that arrive before the 4am Monday deadline.
Anyone who arrives from Nigeria before the 4am Monday deadline will be “strongly encouraged to isolate at home, and their household should also self-isolate for 10 days starting with their arrival”.
Are there any ways to get around the red list?
Some travellers will, legally and responsibly, travel from Nigeria to a third country and remain there for 10 full days before continuing to the UK. Egypt is a possibility.
Anyone seeking to “launder” their red list status in this manner must check that the third country will allow them in, and is taking the risk that the chosen location will itself go onto the red list.
Are there enough hotel quarantine rooms?
The government says it has “contracted several new hotels to enter service this week, in response to the likely numbers of UK residents who will want to travel from Nigeria before Christmas”.
But travellers will not be allowed to travel to the UK from a red list country without a “Managed Quarantine Service” booking. So they may need to remain in Nigeria until a hotel quarantine room becomes available.
When will the rules change again?
On 27 November, the prime minister said a review will be conducted and announced on Saturday 18 December. It will now happen on Monday 20 December.
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Is there public holiday on "June 12"?: Nigeria FG declare 'Monday 14th June 2021 public holiday'
Federal Goment don declare Monday 14th June 2021 a public holiday across Nigeria.
Di public holiday na to mark dis year Democracy Day celebration wey be on Saturday 12 June.
Nigeria Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola make dis declaration on behalf of di Federal Goment.
E follow advice all citizens to support di present administration for dia effort to secure United and prosperous Nation.
Dis time around June 12 fall on a weekend, so goment choose di first working day afta di observance as public holiday.
On June 12, Nigeria Police boss say make police officers across di kontri remain firm wit any group wey wish to take advantage of di event to threaten di internal security order.
IGP Alkali Baba marching land ahead of di "June 12" protest some pipo and groups dey plan to hold on dat day.
Why June 12 be Democracy Day in Nigeria
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on June 6, 2018 announce say June 12 na di new day di kontri go dey celebrate Democracy.
"For di eye of Nigerians, sometin wey goment also believe, 12 June 1993, dey more special for Democracy for Nigeria pass May 29, or even October 1."
Na wetin Buhari tok wen e change date for Nigerians to observe Democracy day from May 29 to June 12.
Originally na on dis day na im dem cancel di 1993 Nigeria general election wey dem believe say MKO Abiola win.
Buhari also cari award give di late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale [MKO] Abiola as di Grand Commander of di Federal Republic.
Buhari goment also award Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, wey be Abiola running mate, Grand Commander of di Niger (GCON).
Chief Gani Fawehinmi also collect GCON award, sake of say im be human rights fighter wey drag wit authorities to make June 12 possible afta dem bin don cancel di election for 1993.
So since afta dat declaration in 2018 di west African kontri dey get holdiday to mark dia Democracy Day.
Nigeria (Lagos) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations
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Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
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School holidays : Http://education.gov.ng/
Schooling is mandatory till age 14, but a number of children do not attend school
Teaching language: English, Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo
schools close on Saturday & Sunday
school uniforms required
Dates confirmed till Aug 2022; Further dates are projected dates based on previous year policies
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Christmas Day - Saturday December 25, 2021
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Years Day on Christmas Day
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Holidays and Closures
The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos observe both U.S. and Nigerian holidays and will be closed on those dates. The visa application services call center also observes U.S. and Nigerian holidays and will also be closed on those dates.
Embassy/Consulate General Dates of Closure
The Embassy and the Consulate General will be closed on the dates shown below.
|January 1||Friday||New Year's Day||US & Nigeria|
|January 18||Monday||Martin Luther King Day||US|
|February 15||Monday||Presidents’ Day||US|
|April 2||Friday||Good Friday||Nigeria|
|April 5||Monday||Easter Monday||Nigeria|
|May 1||Saturday||Workers Day**||Nigeria|
|May 31||Monday||U.S. Memorial Day||US|
|June 12||Saturday||Democracy Day**||Nigeria|
|July 5||Monday||Independence Day||US|
|September 6||Monday||Labor Day||US|
|October 1||Friday||Independence Day||Nigeria|
|October 11||Monday||Columbus Day||US|
|November 11||Thursday||Veterans Day||Nigeria|
|December 24||Friday||Christmas Holiday**||US & Nigeria|
|December 27||Monday||Boxing Day**||Nigeria|
**STC-These dates are subject to change.
Nigeria announces another public holiday
The Nigerian Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, a public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Maulud, to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, announced the holiday on Friday.
Aregbesola enjoined all Nigerians to “imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad,” according to the statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore,
Aregbesola said imbibing the spirit of love would guarantee peace and security in the country.
“Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.
“As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa.
“While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urges all Nigerians and the youth, in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity”.
He also urged Nigerians to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.
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Annual Leave and Holidays
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Paid Vacation / Annual Leave
A worker is entitled to annual leave of at least six working days with full salary. The annual leave is increased to at least twelve working days for young workers (under sixteen) including apprentices. A worker must have worked for at least twelve months in order to qualify for annual leave.
Annual leave must be taken at the end of the year in which it is earned however it can be deferred by mutual agreement provided that the holiday earning period must not exceed twenty-four months and the earned and deferred leave must be taken within 24 months.
It is unlawful for an employer to pay basic wage in compensation of un-availed annual leaves except in case of termination of the employment contract. During annual leave, workers are entitled to basic salary which is exclusive of overtime pay and other allowances.
In case of termination of the employment contract, if the worker has worked for more than six months but less than twelve months, the employer must pay an amount pro rata to the minimum statutory annual leave entitlement accrued during the period of employment. Worker is also granted pro rata payment for accrued annual leave if he/she has worked for at least six months since the last full year in which he/she earned annual leave entitlement.
Source: §18 of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004)
Pay on Public Holidays
Public holidays are paid rest days of religious or memorial nature. The minimum number of paid public holidays is eleven – these are based on the decision of the President. The worker is entitled to the wages that would have been earned for working on that day.
Employees are entitled to public holiday benefits for the following days: New Year's Day (1st January), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Workers' Day (1st May), National Day (1st October), Christmas Day (25th December), Id el Fitr, Id el Kabir, Id el Maulud. Date of holidays of Muslim festivals are subject to sighting of moon and thus are liable to change.
Public Holidays are declared as work free days. If a public holiday falls on weekly rest day, workers are not entitled to another rest day. If the day declared as public holiday is not the actual day of the religious festival, the worker is allowed to take a day off on actual day to perform the religious festival.
Source: Public Holidays Act, 1979
Weekly Rest Days
In Nigeria, workers are granted one weekly rest day of not less than twenty-four hours after six continuous working days. Weekly rest days are paid days and employees must not work on weekly rest days. If an employee has to work on weekly rest days, additional day off or monetary compensation is provided.
A worker, involved in six hours or more of daily work, must be provided one or more suitably spaced rest-intervals of not less than one hour on the aggregate. With the exception in case of unforeseen circumstances that render them necessary; and where it is found unavoidable in view of the nature of the work and the working conditions in general, time-off for a meal at the worksite or in the immediate vicinity may be substituted for the rest interval. Length of rest interval is fixed beforehand and the worker is free to dispose of his time and is not required to remain at the place of work. Depending on the job nature, the worker should be allowed the requisite number of suitably adjusted and spaced breaks in the work.
No clear provision could be located on daily rest periods.
Source: §13(3-7) of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004)
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Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Nigeria. Though, many churches across the country celebrate Thanksgiving Sundays – special what holiday is it in nigeria today when people dress up in their best and most colorful outfits and bring exceptional thanksgiving offerings (money) to church. So, what did I do on November 24? Thanks to my globally-minded friends, I was able to commemorate the US holiday in Nigeria.
I spent the day attending the final sessions of the WIN (Women’s International Networking) conference in Abuja. This was the first time the event was being held in Africa, and it brought together women from around the world to discuss the theme of women “Leading the Way.” (I will share more about the conference in my fourth ICWA newsletter).
In the evening, I participated in a three hour “Sparkle Effect Masterclass,” a workshop designed to help women make their what holiday is it in nigeria today heard through social media platforms. Two Nigerian women facilitated the workshop: the reigning “African Queen of Livestreaming” on the social media platform called Periscope and a Confidence & Peak Performance Coach. The workshop ended with a dinner, which I considered my Thanksgiving dinner. We feasted on delicious Nigerian delicacies, which included fried rice, jollof rice, salad, roasted fish, fried chicken and plantains (as pictured on the right). No Turkey was hurt.
I am thankful for my health, my family, my ICWA community, what holiday is it in nigeria today for new friends and community in Nigeria.