The British High Commission has started issuing visitor’s visas to citizens of countries previously on the United Kingdom red list, including Nigeria.
The UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced this in a statement on Wednesday, December 15. The statement reads:
“From 4:00 am on 15th December, all countries currently on the red list will be removed. In line with the lifting of red list restrictions, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will lift the pause on processing visitor visas in all countries previously on the red list.”
The UK government had on December 6 in a statement, announced the suspension of visitor visa applications from all red list countries.
It had said,
“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.”
It had added:
“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 reasons (for example, receiving private medical treatment).”