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World UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states

13:41  25 november  2020
13:41  25 november  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Visa requirements for Emirati citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ).

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE . Some of the other nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival while others need to apply for a visa in advance. Visa -free entry. Citizens of GCC countries do not require a visa or permit or to be sponsored by a national or resident in the UAE .

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park.

a man standing next to a body of water: The UAE temporarily stopped issuing new visas to Afghans, Pakistanis and citizens of several other countries over security concerns [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters] © The UAE temporarily stopped issuing new visas to Afghans, Pakistanis and citizens of several other c... The UAE temporarily stopped issuing new visas to Afghans, Pakistanis and citizens of several other countries over security concerns [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters]

The document, which was sent to companies operating in the park and was seen by the Reuters news agency, cited an immigration circular that came into effect on November 18.

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The UAE Government issues several types of visas and entry permits based on the purpose of your visit. Learn below about business visa , tourist visa , transit visa , student visa , retirement visa , eVisa for GCC residents and patient and his/her companion’s entry permits.

Some sovereign states refuse entry to all citizens of certain states . These restrictions differ from travel visa requirements, which require travelers to obtain permission to enter a country in advance of their travel.

It said applications for new employment and visit visas were suspended until further notice for nationals outside the UAE from countries including Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen.

The visa ban also applies to citizens of Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Tunisia, the document said.

It was not clear if there were any exceptions to the ban.

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship had no immediate comment.

Security concerns

A source briefed on the matter said the UAE had temporarily stopped issuing new visas to Afghans, Pakistanis, and citizens of several other countries over security concerns.

The source did not say what those concerns were but said the visa ban was expected to last for a short period.

Last week, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its citizens and those of some other countries.

Islamabad said it was seeking information from the UAE on the reason for the suspension but that it thought it was related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pakistani ministry and the source said those holding valid visas were not affected by the new restrictions and could enter the UAE.

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