The Federal Government has advised Nigerians travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to be guided by the new visa regime in the country.

According to the statement, it was important for Nigerian travellers to UAE to have first-hand knowledge of the new visa regime.

This was in response to a viral video depicting Nigerians being denied entry by officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The statement read: “The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to a video on the social media, showing purportedly stranded Nigerians, who arrived at the Airport in Dubai, UAE on 29th August 2022, but were denied entry into the country, despite having valid visas.

“The Nigerian Mission in Dubai has clarified that most of the supposedly stranded Nigerians were issued with family visas, only to arrive Dubai alone without any family member.

“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas.

“However, those persons allowed entry into the country have their family members in the UAE. While those who claimed their family members were on another flight, were told to wait at the airport, pending their arrival.

“The general public is invited to note and be guided that the Government of the UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas.”

The government further noted that it was essential for visa applicants to specify their visa preferences without any obscurity.

The government also called on Nigerians to respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid unwarranted treatments.


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