No, UAE Did Not Lift The Visa Ban On Nigeria; Nigerian President’s Advisor Clarifies

Hold onto your passports, folks, the visa saga between the UAE and Nigeria takes another unexpected turn!

by Deeplata Garde
No, UAE Did Not Lift The Visa Ban On Nigeria; Nigerian President’s Advisor Clarifies

When Nigerian travellers thought they could pack their bags for a sunny getaway in the UAE, a twist in the tale leaves them scratching their heads. A document shared on social media sparked hopes of a lifted visa ban from Nigeria, only to be dashed hours later by the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, Bayo Onanuga.

A Rollercoaster of Rumours & The Tweet That Started It All

In a whirlwind of excitement, Onanuga took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to announce the apparent lifting of visa restrictions for Nigerians. Cheers rang out nationwide as travellers eagerly anticipated their next adventure in the UAE.

Reality Check On Visa Ban On Nigeria By UAE

But alas, the joy was short-lived. Onanuga quickly pumped the brakes on the celebration, clarifying that the UAE was yet to lift the visa ban. Cue collective sighs of disappointment from Nigerian jet-setters hoping to jet off to Dubai’s dazzling skyline.

This visa saga is just the latest twist in a diplomatic tango between the UAE and Nigeria. The ban, which initially affected citizens from approximately 20 African nations, including Nigeria, has been a source of tension and controversy since its imposition in October 2022.

Also Read: UAE Lifts Visa Ban On Nigerian Citizens; Emirates & Etihad Airways To Resume Flights

The Waiting Game Continues

As Nigerian travellers anxiously await further developments, the UAE and Nigeria remain at a standstill, locked in a diplomatic stalemate over flight allocations and travel restrictions. With hopes dashed and dreams of desert escapades put on hold, it’s back to the drawing board for those yearning for a taste of UAE hospitality.

The rollercoaster ride of visa uncertainties serves as a reminder of the ever-changing landscape of international travel. In a world where borders can open and close at the drop of a hat, it pays to stay informed and expect the unexpected.

While the road to visa-free travel may be fraught with twists and turns, one thing remains certain, the spirit of adventure knows no bounds. So, until the day comes when Nigerian travellers can once again roam the streets of Dubai with ease, let’s keep our passports close and our dreams of desert sunsets alive.

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