Presidency Dismisses Rumors, Says UAE Yet to Lift Visa Ban on Nigerians

Victor Eke
Victor Eke March 5, 2024
Updated 2024/03/05 at 7:57 PM
UAE Nigeria Visa Ban

UAE Nigeria Visa Ban

The Presidency revealed on Tuesday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has not yet lifted the visa ban on Nigerian travelers. This announcement came after earlier reports circulated online suggesting that the ban had been lifted.

Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, clarified the situation via his social media account. He stated, “UAE has not resumed visa issuance to Nigerians. The document in circulation is not authorised either by the Nigerian government or the UAE.”

The visa restriction, initially imposed in October 2022, affected citizens from about 20 African nations, including Nigeria. Alongside Nigeria, countries such as Uganda, Ghana, and Sierra Leone were also subject to the ban. The UAE authorities instructed trade partners and travel agents to reject visa applications from these countries.

Since the imposition of the ban, Nigeria and the UAE have been engaged in a diplomatic dispute, primarily concerning flight allocations and travel restrictions.

The now-debunked notice claimed that discussions between President Bola Tinubu and his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayad Al Nahyan, led to the suspension being lifted. However, Onanuga stressed that the document was not authorized by either the Nigerian or UAE government.

Onanuga further emphasized, “The UAE has not resumed visa issuance to Nigerians. The document in circulation is not authorized either by the Nigerian government or the UAE.”

The notice falsely stated that visa services for Nigerians would resume on March 4, 2024, and introduced a purportedly innovative document verification process to facilitate visa applications.

Despite these developments, the visa ban remains in place, and Nigerian travelers are still unable to obtain visas for travel to the UAE.

 

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