The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has instructed its trade partners to suspend all visa applications from Nigerians intending to visit Dubai.
This is coming amid recent allegations of increased fraudulent and criminal activities allegedly committed by some Nigerians who visit the UAE.
“All Dubai applications submitted are now rejected,” read a notice by the UAE authorities to travel agents in Nigeria.
Authorities also noted that rejection notices would be communicated to those affected in batches.
“Kindly advise your clients to resubmit applications when the issue is resolved between both governments”, the notice adds.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has advised Nigerians to respect the rules of foreign countries.
“The general public is invited to note and be guided that the Government of the UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas,” the ministry of foreign affairs had said.
“It is, therefore, instructive for prospective visa applicants to indicate clearly their visa preferences without any ambiguity and also respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid unwarranted treatment,” the statement added.