The federal government has urged Nigerians to respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid unwarranted treatment.
The federal ministry of foreign affairs, in a statement by Francisca Omayuli, its spokesperson issued this warning.
The ministry indicated that Nigerians who were stranded in Dubai were issued family visas, but arrived in the UAE without any family members in the country.
“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.
“The general public is invited to note and be guided that the Government of the UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas.
“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.”
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