The United Arab Emirates Immigration authorities have announced a total visa application ban on Nigerians. They added that all submitted and pending applications had been rejected, with the visa fees non-refundable.
The Dubai authorities made this announcement on Friday, 20th of October 2022, as a notice to its trade partners in Nigeria. Travel agencies were also included in the announcement.
The authorities added that they would send the rejections in batches, and all Approvals are placed on hold at the moment.
Though there was no official reason given for the ban, the Dubai authorities suggested that it had to do with issues between the UAE government and the Nigerian government.
Before this announcement, there had been complaints by Nigerian businessmen with dealings in Dubai about the visa restrictions placed on Nigerians -with many threatening to take their business dealings to China.
Before this outright rejection, Nigerians were not allowed to get tourist visas. A Visa restriction was placed on Nigerians below the age of 40 years. You had to get a family visa before you could visit Dubai, and your family must be present, or you would be breaking immigration laws.
This development was at the centre of a social media uproar about the unfair treatment of some Nigerians in Dubai. The issue of unfair treatment by Dubai authorizes on Nigerians was addressed publicly by the chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Mrs Abike Dabiri, and Francisca Omayuli, a spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The directive to Nigerian travel agents further advised that their clients resubmit applications when the issue is resolved between both governments.
It is, however, essential to note that Nigerians already with a valid Dubai Visa can still travel to Dubai. This is true at this time of writing, the situation may change in the future, so it is essential to do your research.
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