The Federal Government (FG) has advised Nigerians traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the country’s new visa policy on the non-issuance of tourist visas to persons under 40 years old except for those applying for family visas. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Francisca Omayuli in response to the viral video which circulated on social media where at least 20 Nigerians were held at the UAE airport and their passports seized.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Federal Government has been drawn to a video on social media, showing purported stranded Nigerians, who arrived 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 visa.
“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 statement also urged potential visa applicants to clearly specify their visa preferences without any ambiguity and to respect the immigration laws of other countries in order to avoid any unwarranted treatment.