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UAE Halts New Visas To Citizens Of 13 States

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the great countries that attracts visitors from across the globe. With its iconic skyline of high rises and world-famous beach resorts, the United Arab Emirates has become a favorite for family holidays and city breaks. Several UAE destinations provide culture fans with lots of things to do. If you are planning to visit the UAE, you have to know that the UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 states, comprising Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Somalia, as per the document issued by a state-owned business park.

On 18 November, the document, which was sent to companies performing in the park and was attended by the Reuters news agency, cited an entrance announcement that came into impact. A source advised on the subject told Reuters the visas had momentarily ceased being assigned to Afghans, Pakistanis, and citizens of many other countries over security matters; however, they did not offer details of those concerns. The applications for new employment and visit visas were refused for inhabitants outside the UAE of the 13 states as well as countries.

The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of 13 countries that also comprised Somalia, Yemen, and Libya until further notice. This prohibition also applies to Algeria, Kenya, Lebanon, Turkey, and Tunisia. However, it was not clear if there were any exceptions to the ban. When contacted by Reuters, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship had no instant comment.

After the French Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) forced its citizens to sustain attention after a bomb attack in Saudi Arabia on negotiators commanded by the Islamic State, this circular took effect. The explosion, which happened throughout a World War One commemoration ceremony in Jeddah, was the first attack in years where explosives were applied to hit overseas in the conservative kingdom.

This visa refusal also comes two months after the Gulf state set up legal relations with Israel, a move that occurred with decades of Arab policy and provoked some states and communities. But others welcomed it. Yet, the source familiar with the matter said the ban was unrelated to the UAE’s relationships with Israel and was expected to last only for a brief period.

A negotiator stated that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had difficult relationships with some of the states listed, like Turkey. A few days ago, Pakistani’s foreign ministry said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has halted processing new visas for its residents and those of some other countries; however, those already holding valid visas were not concerned yet to entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Meantime, the Times of Israel reported that Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi have agreed on a plan that will help all Israelis to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) within days, even though the visa-waiver process has not yet come into impact. 

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