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We didn’t impose travel ban on Nigerians – UAE

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THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Nigeria has reacted to media reports about the purported travel restrictions imposed on Nigerians wishing to travel to the UAE.

  In its response, the UAE Embassy in Abuja refuted the accuracy of the information which was contained in those reports, while also affirming the growing bilateral relations between the 2 friendly countries.

The UAE explained 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 from March 17, 2020.

“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 the showing of negative PCR test results within 92 hours of travelling to the UAE. This includes those visiting from Nigeria,” it said.

However, the mission disclosed that travel between the UAE and Nigeria has remained limited due to the closure of Nigeria’s airspace, noting that the UAE authorities have continued to work closely with the Federal Government to obtain the necessary approvals to facilitate travel between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has explained the delay in the evacuation of Nigerian students from Saudi Arabia.

The students had accused the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian mission in Riyadh and the Consulate General of Nigeria in Jeddah of refusing to facilitate their evacuation to Nigeria since May 15.

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