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Updated January 2023

During the raging coronavirus pandemic back in 2020, the United Arab Emirates imposed a ban on visas from citizens of select countries. This ban has attracted much attention, especially in the Gulf region, due to its sudden application. However, a lot of things change since then. The UAE has opened its door to most countries worldwide. However, UAE has set another visa ban on some African countries lately.

Read on to find out more about the latest update on UAE’s visa ban.

UAE visa ban

According to reports from the African news portal, the United Arab Emirates has prohibited citizens of almost 20 African nations from entering Dubai, the country’s capital.

The following countries will be affected by the recent decision introduced by authorities in UAE:

  1. Uganda
  2. Sierra Leone
  3. Ghana, Sudan
  4. Cameroon
  5. Nigeria
  6. Burundi
  7. Liberia
  8. Republic of Guinea
  9. Togo
  10. Gambia
  11. Democratic Republic of Congo
  12. Senegal
  13. Benin
  14. Congo
  15. Ivory Coast
  16. Rwanda
  17. Guinea Bissau
  18. Burkina Faso
  19. Comoros
  20. Dominican Republic.

Any applications for 30-day visas from the countries mentioned above will be sent back or cancelled until further notice.


UAE work visa ban on Pakistan

Recently, news had started circulating on social media that the UAE has stopped issuing work visas to Pakistani passport holders coming from the cities of Dera Ghazi Khan, Kasur, Kohat, Quetta, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sheikhupura and Sukkur.

However, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Office has shut down the rumours, confirming that no such work visa ban is in place. Consulate General of the UAE Karachi Bakheet Ateeq Al Remeithi has also denied such reports, calling them “fake news”.

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