The reason Nigerian visitors to Dubai are turned away despite having valid visas has been revealed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM.
Several Nigerians who recently travelled to Dubai were detained at the airport and had their passports taken, as you may recall. After their passports were taken without cause, few were seen demanding answers.
‘‘What the Dubai authorities have done is this, they have made the visa processes more stringent. If you are below 30, there is no visa for you; it is so difficult. They make it so stringent that you won’t be able to fulfil it; it does not matter who you are.
‘‘Secondly, if you are going to Dubai now, you have to provide a six-month bank statement, you have your ticket, and you must show proof of accommodation where you are going to stay. If you lie about where you are going to stay, they are going to know, so they are going to turn you back,” Dabiri-Erewa stated while featuring on a programme on Arise Tv.
She advised Nigerians to stop giving the country a bad name.