The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has urged the public to disregard reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed a visa ban on Ghana and some 19 other countries.
Several media reports last week indicated that UAE authorities had slapped a ban on Ghana and 19 other African countries desiring to visit Dubai with immediate effect.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insisted that “the said publication assigned no reason for the ban, but social media sources have alleged that it is aimed at keeping away visitors from African countries who usually overstay their visit visas in the UAE.”
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, “It has received no such communication from the authorities in the UAE and as such the story should be disregarded.”
The Ministry, however, stated that the UAE has only reviewed its requirement for tourists and visitors visas and not a ban on Ghana.
“The single-day single-entry visas have been put on hold, a 60-day multiple visa regime is currently in force and travellers to the UAE should secure a round-trip ticket and a hotel booking prior to the visa application,” the Ministry stated.
Below is the full statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry
REPUBLIC OF GHANA MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION
RE: ANNOUNCEMENT OF VISA BAN ON GHANAIANS SEEKING TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
ACCRA, 31 OCTOBER, 2022 – The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has been drawn to news circulating on various media platforms indicating that authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced a visa ban on Ghana and twenty (20) other nationalities seeking to travel to the UAE with immediate effect.
According to the publication, the countries affected by the visa ban include Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Burundi, Republic of Guinea, the Gambia, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast, Congo, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Comoros, and the Dominican Republic.
The said publication assigned no reason for the ban, but social media sources have alleged that it is aimed at keeping away visitors from African countries who usually overstay their visit visas in the UAE.
The Ministry wishes to assure the general public that it has received no such commtmication from the authorities in the UAE and as such, the story should be disregarded.
Meanwhile, information available to the Ministry indicates that the UAE has reviewed the requirements for in tourist and visit visas.
The revision of visa regimes and requirements includes the following:
i. The 30-day single entry visas have been put on hold;
ii. A 60-day multiple visa entry regime is currently in force; and
iii. Travellers to the UAE should secure a round-trip ticket sods hotel booking prior to the visa application While assuring the general public to remain calm, the Ministry wishes to advise travelling Ghanaians to observe the new visa requirements put in place by the UAE.