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UAE Government to announce imminent lifting of visa ban on Nigerians – Keyamo 


The Federal Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon reveal the date for lifting the visa ban that has restricted Nigerian travellers.  

Keyamo made this disclosure during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria. 

The Aviation Minister acknowledged that while President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reached a resolution during President Tinubu’s September 2023 working visit to the UAE, where the cessation of the visa ban on Nigerians was announced, additional processes were required.  

Keyamo said these processes have now been completed, making the announcement of the lifting of the visa ban by the UAE government imminent. 

“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers.  

“We have done everything. We have resolved everything. Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo said. 

Speaking further, the Minister noted that he is privy to the date when the travel restriction on Nigerians to the UAE will be officially lifted. Still, he would wait for the official announcement to be made by the UAE government. 

President Bola Tinubu’s working visit to the United Arab Emirates in the fourth quarter of 2023 aimed to resolve several issues between the two countries, including the visa restrictions for Nigerians and the suspension of Emirates Airlines flights to Nigeria.