18 Nov 2020
United Arab Emirates suspended the issuance of latest visas to tourists from Pakistan and 11 countries till additional discover. Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday confirmed the information saying that the choice by the UAE authorities is “believed to be associated to the second wave of COVID-19”, The Express Tribune reported. “We have learned that the UAE has temporarily suspended the issuance of new visit visas until further announcement for 12 countries, including Pakistan,” the nation’s Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated.
However, the suspension would not apply on already issued visas, the Foreign Office said.
It was not immediately clear how many categories of visas would be affected by the suspension. The UAE has various visa categories, including business, tourist, transit and student.
The other countries hit by the UAE government’s fresh visa directives include Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya and Afghanistan.