United Arab Emirates (UAE) has debunked reports of alleged imposition of visa and travel restrictions on Nigerians to the UAE following the Covid-19 pandemic, calling on the public to ignore such reports.
In a statement issued by the UAE embassy in Abuja, the UAE said that at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it 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.
The statement added that 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 showing negative PCR test results within 92 hours of travelling to the UAE. This includes those visiting from Nigeria.
However, travels between the UAE and Nigeria has remained limited due to the closure of Nigerian airspace, and the UAE Embassy in Abuja will continue to work closely with the Nigerian Government to obtain the necessary approvals to facilitate travels between the two countries.
The UAE Embassy therefore called on the public to verify the authenticity of such reports and seek information from official sources.