The United Arab Emirates has excluded Nigeria from a list of countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for visa-on-arrival into the Middle East country.
According to reports, Etihad Airways released a list of countries whose travellers landing at Abu Dhabi airport could receive visas from its immigration desks.However, Nigeria was not included.
There are about seventy countries whose citizens are eligible for visa-on-arrival in the UAE including the United States, China, Maldives, France, and Russia.
African countries like Seychelles and Mauritius are included with the exception of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, visitors who had been in Nigeria or South Africa in the preceding 14 days before travel would not be allowed to enter the UAE.
In June, the UAE had suspended flights to and from Lagos and Abuja. Emirati authorities also prohibited their nationals from visiting Nigeria and some other countries as the country controls exposure to COVID-19.
Since late last year, Nigeria and the UAE have been in a diplomatic spat over fraudulent activities by Nigerian nationals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This has resulted in several flight restrictions, visa bans, and the exclusion of Nigerians from visiting Dubai.