The government of the United Arab Emirates will begin visa issuance to Nigerians on Thursday, October 8, 2020.
Sirika had announced on September 30 that the UAE had written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, a development that made the Federal Government lift the ban it had earlier placed on Emirates Airlines.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the minister said the requirements for visa issuance include a return ticket, hotel booking, negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result and health insurance.
According to the minister, this is similar to the requirements for a Schengen visa which allows access to European countries.
“UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria,” the minister had tweeted.
However, he said “UAE confirmed that they will begin issuance of visas from 8th of October, 2020.
“Health insurance can be paid through travel agents/airline”.
The visa concern issuance between Nigeria and UAE had warranted the ban on the operations of Emirates Airlines from operating into Nigeria.
The minister had tweeted, “The PTF (Presidential Task Force) sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.