On the heels of another video on social media showing Nigerians who arrived in the United Arab Emirates not being allowed into the country, the Nigerian government has advised Nigerians going to the UAE to respect immigration laws of other countries and be honest with visa applications.
“It is therefore instructive for prospective visa applicants to indicate clearly their visa preferences without any ambiguity and also respect the immigration laws of other countries so as to avoid unwarranted treatments,” Francisca Omayuli of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
A 42 seconds video that emerged on Twitter on Wednesday showed some Nigerians in an office, believed to be at the UAE airport. They were protesting the refusal of the airport authorities to allow them into the country.
“We have human rights; if I tell the United Nations about this thing, it doesn’t make sense. I got my visa; I used my money to buy a ticket; I came to visit,” one of them said.
The UAE official was unimpressed and asked them to go outside and be sent back to Nigeria.
According to the Nigerian government’s statement, the Nigerian Mission in Dubai clarified that most of the Nigerians involved were issued family visas, only to arrive Dubai alone without any family member.
“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas.”
However, persons who applied for the same visa and arrived with their families were allowed into the country. While those who claimed their family members were on another flight, were told to wait at the airport, pending their arrival, the government said.
The government of the UAE has also introduced a new visa regime issuing tourist visas to only persons aged 40 years and above except for those applying for family visas.