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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

FG announces imminent lift of UAE visa ban on Nigerian travellers

FG announces imminent lift of UAE visa ban on Nigerian trave

The Federal Government has announced that the United Arab Emirates, UAE, will soon lift the visa ban imposed on Nigerian travellers. 

Minister of Aviation Festus Keyamo revealed this development during an interview with the State House media.

Keyamo credited the breakthrough to President Bola Tinubu's diplomatic efforts during his working visit to the UAE in September 2023, where he held discussions with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers," Keyamo stated, highlighting the effective follow-up actions taken by the Nigerian government to ensure the implementation of the agreement.

The lifting of the visa ban is expected to strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and the UAE and facilitate smoother travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE.

“We have done everything. We have resolved everything. Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent.

“They would announce. I want to give it to them to announce the date.”

On December 13, 2021, the UAE imposed travel restrictions on passengers from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases among travellers from these two African nations.

The lifting of the ban is expected to facilitate smoother travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, fostering improved bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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