According to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), several Nigerians who were expelled from Dubai attempted to get around the UAE's new visa requirements.
In response to recent news that some Nigerians were stuck in Dubai and some Nigerians had been turned away from the UAE, she said this on Thursday.
On Wednesday, a viral video purportedly showing Nigerians stuck at the Dubai airport went viral. According to Twitter user @dunchichi, at least 20 Nigerians were stuck at the airport and their passports had been confiscated.
"Warned on the new UAE visa rules for certain age categories. Many now try to circumvent by applying for ‘family visas’. They get the visas and travel alone. Also 6 months genuine bank statement, accommodation, return ticket must be produced. Another set to be sent back now,” she tweeted.
The rules provide that “deportation on the same flight will follow if sponsor (or representative) is not present at the time of passenger’s arrival at the airport”. Also, travelers must provide proof of accommodation address or hotel bookings when they arrive.
The bad behaviours of Nigerians has made the UAE tighten its Visa rules too and profiling of Nigerians has already begun.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.