Diplomatic Row: UAE suspends visa approval for Nigerians, rejects applications

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) immigration authorities have announced a ban on visa applications from Nigerians.

In a notice issued on Friday to its trade partners in Nigeria, including travel agents, the Dubai authorities said that “all submitted applications will be rejected and fees non-refundable”. 

The UAE government said rejection notices would be sent in batches to applicants. It added that the rejections “are general for Nigerians and Approvals are on hold at the Moment”.

The latest decision made by the UAE immigration authorities is for all Nigerians seeking to travel to the UAE. Its Government said the suspension would hold pending the resolution of issues between it and the Nigerian government. “Kindly advise your clients to resubmit applications when the issue is resolved between both governments”, the notice read. 

The development comes over a month after the UAE stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40, affecting Nigerians as well as other countries. However, it was gathered that Air Peace is still flying to Dubai with those who already have a valid visa.

Speaking on the development, the Federal Government said Nigerians need to respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid “unwarranted treatment”.

For several months in 2021, Nigeria and UAE battled several diplomatic rows in aviation.

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