Immigration authorities in the United Arab Emirates have enforced a visa ban on Nigerians and are currently refusing visa applications.
This message was included in a notification sent on Friday, October 21, to the UAE’s business partners in Nigeria, including travel agents.
The United Arab Emirates immigration officials stated that all applications are halted until problems between the UAE government and the Nigerian government are resolved, yet no explanation for the visa restriction was provided.
The notice read:
“All Dubai applications submitted are now rejected. It is general for Nigerians and approvals are on hold at the moment.
Kindly advise your clients to resubmit C2=A0 applications when the issue is resolved between both governments.”
A source from the travel agency Wakanow reportedly verified the information to Punch. The source reported;
“It is true, it was issued yesterday. The Dubai immigration did not state when the ban would be lifted but for now, everything is on hold.”
However, an Air Peace customer service agent claimed that the airline continues to transport passengers to Dubai who already possess a valid visa. The official further stated that any modifications to the flight schedule for Nigerians would be properly announced.