The Federal Government of Nigeria has confirmed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will resume the issuance of visas to intending travellers from Thursday, October 8, 2020.
This confirmation was made by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, through a tweet, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, via his official twitter handle.
The minister revealed that intending applicants are expected to have a return ticket, hotel booking, negative PCR result, and health insurance that is similar to that being required for Schengen visa.
“UAE confirmed that they will begin issuance of Visas from 8th of October, 2020. Travellers to have a return ticket, hotel booking, negative PCR result, and Health insurance (similar to Schengen requirement). Health insurance can be paid through travel agents/airline,” Sirika tweeted.
Nairametrics had earlier reported that the United Arab Emirates had written the Nigerian government to inform it that it has agreed to issue visas to Nigerians after the initial suspension. This prompted the Federal Government to lift the ban earlier placed on Emirates Airline from flying in and out of Nigeria.
However, the Aviation Minister in his earlier statement, noted that the resumption of flight operations by the Emirates Airline in Nigeria depends on the commencement of visa issuance by the UAE to Nigerians.
It can be recalled that the UAE in an earlier statement while acknowledging suspension of visa services to Nigerians, said travels between Nigeria and UAE were temporarily limited due to the closure of the Nigerian airspace, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and also precautionary measure on their part to combat the spread of the virus.
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UAE confirmed that they will begin issuance of Visas from 8th of October, 2020. Travelers to have a return ticket, hotel booking, negative PCR result & a Health insurance (similar to Schengen requirement). Health insurance can be paid through travel agents/airline. ????????
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) October 6, 2020