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Visa ban on Nigerian travellers eased by UAE

UAE lifts visa ban on Nigeria

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Negotiations Between Leaders Lead to Visa Ban Removal and Flight Resumption:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially lifted a year-long visa ban that was imposed on Nigerian travellers, according to authorities in Nigeria. This significant development comes after negotiations between Nigeria’s new President, Bola Tinubu, and UAE leader, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Restrictions Imposed Last October:

The visa restrictions were initially imposed by the UAE in October of the previous year, leading to disruptions in travel plans and bilateral relations between the two nations. The ban had created challenges for Nigerian citizens wishing to visit the UAE for various purposes.

Historic Agreement Reached:

In a historic meeting held earlier on Monday in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan concluded what has been described by the Nigerian government as a “historic agreement.” This agreement resulted in the immediate removal of the visa ban placed on Nigerian travelers, marking a significant diplomatic breakthrough.

Resumption of Flights:

In addition to the visa ban removal, the agreement paves the way for the immediate resumption of flights between Nigeria and the UAE. Both Etihad Airlines and Emirates Airlines are set to promptly resume their flight schedules to and from Nigeria without any further delay. This resumption of flights is expected to bring relief to travelers and facilitate improved connectivity between the two nations.

Background on Flight Suspensions:

The suspension of flights between the UAE and Nigeria was initiated last year when Dubai’s Emirates airline temporarily halted its operations in Nigeria. The suspension was reportedly due to issues related to trapped revenues, which had a significant impact on travel options for individuals traveling between the two countries.

Overall, the lifting of the visa ban and the resumption of flights signal a positive turn in diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the UAE, and it is expected to facilitate increased travel and business opportunities for both nations.

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