The United Kingdom has banned visa applications from Nigeria over the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
The British High Commission made this move after the UK added Nigeria to the red list of countries banned from entering the country.
This list was created over the growing concern about the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
In reaction to the growing concern, the UK suspended processing visitor visa applications from red-listed countries. The country said that the visa applications will be lifted after the travel ban is removed.
According to a statement by the British High Commission, they will support the UK Government’s effort to protect public health.
The statement revealed that the UK Government is protecting its public from variants of concern (VOC).
“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria until travel restrictions are lifted.
“Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term business activities (for example, attending meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6 months), taking part in research or exchange programmes as an academic, medical reason (for example, receiving private medical treatment),” the statement read in parts.
The Commission also stated that applicants of visit visas in red list countries will be paused. This includes Nigeria. This rule also applies to those with a valid visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor.
“You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.
“You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC),” it said.
Source: Daily Post