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

by Anupriya Mishra
UAE Lifts Visa Ban On Nigerian Citizens; Emirates & Etihad Airways To Resume Flights

The United Arab Emirates sees scores of people travelling to the nation for reasons including everything from leisurely to business-related purposes. And it seems that Nigerian citizens are now also allowed to travel to the UAE. This development comes after there had been a visa ban in place for those travelling from the West African country.

Visa-Ban Lifted On Nigeria By The UAE

Dubai International Airport
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In a recent report by CNN Travel, it was revealed that a year-long ban on visas imposed by the UAE on Nigerian travellers has now been lifted. Yes, this was revealed by the authorities in the West African country on Monday, September 11. It should be noted that the restriction was placed by the UAE in October of 2022 and it has now been lifted after negotiations between the UAE leader, Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the new President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu. According to the statement released by Nigeria’s presidential spokesman, it was also mentioned that the visa ban has been lifted with immediate effect!

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Emirates & Etihad Airways To Resume Flights Immediately

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This agreement also mentioned that both Emirates and Etihad Airways shall also resume their flight schedules to and from Nigeria without any delay. Moreover, the development also comes after flights between the two countries were stopped by Dubai-based Emirates Airlines due to trapped revenues. It’s worth mentioning that the development is a brilliant one at that, as Dubai has been a popular destination for Nigerians for many years. However, visas to West African countries and 19 other African states had been halted for reasons not disclosed.

This visa news comes after, Armenia recently allowed UAE citizens to travel to the nation visa-free for 180 days at a time during a year. Previously, under the visa-free scheme, only those citizens from the UAE who held diplomatic passports were allowed to enter the country.

So, what do you think about the Nigerian visa-related development? Do you think it will help in boosting tourism in the UAE?

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