Updated 22 August 2022
The UAE has now lifted the work visa it had previously placed on Pakistan, along with the nationals of a few other countries. This ban had attracted much attention, especially in Pakistan, due to its sudden implementation. However, as of now Pakistanis can enter the UAE with either work or tourist visas.
Read on to find out more about the UAE’s visa ban on Pakistan.
Pakistan work visa ban background
According to an immigration circular that came into effect on 18 November 2021, UAE had stopped issuing work visas to the citizens of 13 countries, including Pakistan. The restrictions were initially attributed to controlling COVID-19.
Pakistanis are the second largest group of foreign residents living in the UAE. The work visa ban left a vital source of employment and income severed for several Pakistani nationals who depend on the UAE.
Pakistan visa ban lifted
Pakistan was one of the countries that received a visa ban from the UAE. However, Afzaal Mahmood, the ambassador of Pakistan in the UAE stated that the visa ban for Pakistan citizens has been lifted and now Pakistanis can enter the UAE with either work or tourist visas.
For more details about UAE visas, you can check out our article on the new UAE visa rules in 2022 below: