PRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja
NIGERIANS INTENDING TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
ADVISED TO BE GUIDED BY NEW VISA REGIME
‘The attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria has been drawn to a video on the
social media, showing purportedly 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 visas. 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
‘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.
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 so as to avoid unwarranted treatments.
Francisca K. Omayuli (Mrs)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs