UAE denies restricting travels from Nigeria

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) did not restrict Nigerians from visiting the country, the UAE embassy in Abuja said in a statement released on Thursday.

There had been reports on social media that the Arab nation had halted among other things, Visa renewal for Nigerians in UAE, Permanent resident returning approval for Nigerians and tourist visas.

But in a statement released on Thursday, the UAE embassy in Abuja described the reports as false.

The state stressed that Nigeria is among the countries that it allowed entry after easing restrictions to fight COVID-19.

It also noted that though travel between the UAE and Nigeria has remained limited owing to the closure of Nigeria’s airspace,  the UAE Embassy in Abuja continues to work closely with the Nigerian Government to obtain the necessary approvals to facilitate travel between the two countries”.

The statement reads in part: “In response to recent press and social media reports regarding purported travel restrictions between the UAE and Nigeria, and in an affirmation of the growing bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, the UAE Embassy in Abuja denies the accuracy of the information contained in these reports.

“At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE took a number of precautionary measures to combat the virus’ spread, including the temporary suspension on issuing UAE visas for all nationalities as of March 17, 2020.

“After entering the recovery phase of the pandemic, the UAE eased some measures on July 7, permitting visitors from various countries to adhere to the necessary precautionary measures, including by showing negative PCR test results within 92 hours of travelling to the UAE. This includes those visiting from Nigeria.”

It said travel between the UAE and Nigeria has remained limited owing to the closure of Nigeria’s airspace, adding: “the UAE Embassy in Abuja continues to work closely with the Nigerian Government to obtain the necessary approvals to facilitate travel between the two countries”.




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