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UAE Bans Travelers From 20 African Countries
The Middle Eastern country announced the development earlier this month.
The United Arab Emirates Authorities recently announced a visa ban on 20 African countries. The specific visa category banned is the 30-day visa, and the authorities stressed this in a public notice.
"This is to inform you that we will not be posting 30 days visa applications for these nationalities effective today, October 18, 2022," the notice reported. According to the the BBC, the list of banned countries includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.
A notice sent out by UAE authorities stated that trade partners and travel agents ordered all applications from the 20 banned African countries to be rejected.
"All Dubai applications submitted are now rejected. It is general for Nigerians, and approvals are on hold at the moment. Kindly advise your clients to resubmit C2=A0 applications when the issue is resolved between both governments," the notice read.
Although reports have been swirling online about the UAE's visa ban on the 20 African countries, Uganda's Ambassador to the UAE, H.E Kibedi Zaake recently appeared on national television to refute the claims and alluded to the idea that the UAE'S visa system was being reassessed.
"It is not true that UAE has halted the issuance of visit visas to Uganda. I don't know the source of this misinformation, but it's not true," said Kibedi. "The UAE visa system is just being revamped and now, it takes up to five days to get the visa and not two days like before."
He also warned people against taking social media news outbreaks seriously.
"Ugandans have not been banned from getting visas to UAE. We should avoid following social media. What I am telling you are facts."
The UAE's relationship with many African countries has been loaded with controversy in the recent past. Last year reports surfaced stating that Middle Eastern immigration authorities banned Nigerians from applying for visas and work permits. In December 2021, Emirates Airlines also announced that eight African countries were barred from traveling through Dubai until further notice due to the spread of Covid 19.
Although Dubai has been an attractive vacation destination for many Africans, the history between several African countries and the UAE has been shaky at best. Earlier this year, a viral video leaked online that showed hundreds of Nigerians stranded at the Dubai International Airport. At the time, there were reports that the Nigerian government did not do much to advocate for its citizens. Although the UAE has not given an exact reason for the recent ban, their recent statement seems to allude to the idea that there is a rift between the Nigerian government and the government of the UAE.
Here are some social media reactions to the ban
\u201cIt\u2019s funny how UAE has restricted Nigerians through Visa Ban. UAE that was a complete desert some years ago. Same Nigerians built their economy through tourism and real estate yet treated like people without Value and worth. Who are we to Blame? Government or it\u2019s citizens= Both!\u201d— The_RealVictor (@The_RealVictor) 1666787587
\u201cThis UAE travel ban on some African countries including Ghana is harsh. So if I am a business man and can show travel history of frequent traveling to the UAE still you won\u2019t look at my visa application? Why must countries suffer for something done by few of their citizens?\u201d— Benedict Owusu (@Benedict Owusu) 1666677433
\u201cHa! The UAE Bans 20 African countries including Nigeria and many others \ud83d\ude02\ud83e\udd23\ud83d\ude02 I wonder why maybe they shouldn\u2019t be so proud of the hush puppies of the world hey\u201d— AR15 (@AR15) 1666778645
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