“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,” a statement signed by Francisca Omayuli for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Nigerian government has warned Nigerians traveling to the UAE to be honest with their visa applications after another video on social media showed Nigerians who arrived in the UAE but were turned away.
On a 42-second video that surfaced on Twitter on Wednesday, four Nigerians were seen in an office that was likely at the airport in the United Arab Emirates. They were protesting the airport officials’ rejection to let them enter the nation.
“We have human rights; if I tell the United Nations about this thing, it doesn’t make sense. I got my visa; I used my money to buy a ticket; I came to visit,” one of them said.
Unimpressed, the UAE official demanded that they leave and be sent back to Nigeria.
The Nigerian Mission in Dubai stated that most of the Nigerians involved received family visas but arrived in Dubai alone and without any family members, in accordance with the government of Nigeria’s declaration.
“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas.”
People who filed for the same visa and arrived in the nation with their families, however, were permitted entry. According to the administration, people who claimed their relatives were on another flight were instructed to wait at the airport until their arrival.
Additionally, the UAE government has implemented a new visa policy that restricts the issuance of tourist visas to individuals who are 40 years of age or older, with the exception of those who are asking for family visas.
Anita Akide, a widely known as Tacha, a Nigerian reality TV personality, was in Dubai at the time of the event and tweeted about how Nigerians were being treated.
“Dubai is really sending Nigerians back to Nigeria even with their valid visas. And on top of that when you reach Nigeria you’ll be paying an additional fee of N31,000 for whatever reason I don’t even know,” she tweeted.
She also urged Nigerians living overseas to behave properly because the consequences of the conduct of a few affect many.
“Nigerians abroad try dey behave yourselves too. We need to do better. People are seriously suffering because of fights that we did not partake in…” Ms Akide wrote.