FG advises future travelers to be guided by new visa regime – The Sun Nigeria

By Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

The Federal Government has advised Nigerians intending to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be guided by the country’s new visa regime.

The government, in a statement issued Thursday evening by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Francisca Omayuli, said: “The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to a video circulating on social media, showing Nigerians allegedly stranded, who arrived Dubai Airport, United Arab Emirates, on August 29, 2022, but were denied entry into the country, despite having valid visas.

“The Nigerian Mission in Dubai clarified that most of the supposedly stranded Nigerians have been issued family visas, to arrive in Dubai alone without any family members. As a result, they were refused entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas. However, those allowed to enter the country have family members in the UAE. While those who claimed their family members were on another flight, they were told to wait at the airport, awaiting their arrival.

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

The government has further stated that it is instructive for prospective visa applicants to clearly state their visa preferences without any ambiguity.

The government has also called on Nigerians to abide by the immigration laws of other countries to avoid unfair treatment.

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