UAE suspends issuance of visas to Pakistani citizens

By: INP      Published: 04:29 PM, 16 Mar, 2020
UAE suspends issuance of visas to Pakistani citizens

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended the issuance of visas to Pakistani citizens for an indefinite period.

Islamabad embassy of the UAE, in a statement on Monday announced the suspension of issuance of visa till the next orders. The embassy will issue visas only to those holding diplomatic passports, the diplomatic mission said.

The mission will not issue visas on general Pakistani passports, the statement added.

It is to be mentioned here that the UAE on Saturday suspended the issuance of all entry visas from March 17 (Tuesday) except for those holding diplomatic passports.

The decision does not apply to persons who have already got visas before the effective date, the statement said.

The Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship of the UAE has said that the move was taken as a precautionary measure being initiated by the country to contain the spread of novel coronavirus and is in response to the World Health Organisation declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic, which makes travel at this point dangerous.

The authority added that the decision will be effective until the countries of departure activate a mechanism for medical screening of passengers as an additional measure.