In a viral social media video, many reacted to several Nigerians left stranded due to new UAE tourist visa rules. The change in policies caused much chaos and stress for many Nigerians denied entry or left stranded.

Changes to the UAE tourist visas state that there will be no more tourist visas issued to ‘persons under 40’. A statement said that ‘the UAE has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, “except for those applying for family visas.”

The viral video showing Nigerians being detained, without passports has caused a stir globally. 

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What we know:

According to some reports, a least 20 Nigerians were being detained at the airport in Dubai.

Visa issues:

The statement insisted that the UAE has ceased issuing tourist visas to those under the age of 40 years, “except for those applying for family visas.”

“The Nigerian Mission in Dubai has clarified that most of the supposedly stranded Nigerians were issued with family visas, only to arrive in Dubai alone without any family member,” the statement said.

“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas,” Omayuli said.

“However, those persons allowed entry into the country have their family members in the UAE, while those who claimed their family members were on another flight were told to wait at the airport pending their arrival.”