The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said visa terms of the United Arab Emirates were not complied to by the Nigerians stranded at the airport in Dubai.
The ministry said this in reaction to a viral video on social media showing UAE authorities at the airport refusing Nigerians further passage into the country.
In a statement by the Spokesperson, Franscisca Omayuli, the ministry said the stranded Nigerians were granted family visas but failed to have a family member at the airport when they arrived.
The statement read in part, “The Nigerian Mission in Dubai has clarified that most of the supposedly stranded Nigerians were issued with family visas, only to arrive in Dubai without family member. Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas. However, those persons allowed entry into the country had 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 advised to note and be guided that the government of UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40. except for those applying for family issues.
“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.”