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UAE refutes reports of travel ban on Nigerians

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) has refuted reports of alleged imposition of visa and travel restrictions on Nigerians to the UAE following the Covid-19 pandemic

In a press statement issued on Thursday 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 traveling 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 to seek information from the official sources.

Read the full statement below

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