UAE prevents citizens of 13 countries from entering its territory
UAE prevents citizens of 13 countries from entering its territory

UAE has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 countries, including Iran, Syria, Somalia and Lebanon, according to Reuters, citing a document issued by the state-owned business park.

 

The document, which was sent to the companies operating in the complex and reviewed by Reuters, was based on an immigration department circular that went into effect on 18 November.

 According to the document, requests for new work and visit visas have been suspended for citizens who are abroad from 13 countries, including Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen, until further notice.

The document says that the visa ban also applies to citizens of Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Tunisia and Turkey. It was not clear if there were exceptions to the ban.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the UAE had temporarily stopped issuing new visas to Afghans, Pakistanis and citizens of several other countries due to "security concerns."

The source did not clarify what these concerns were, but said that the visa ban is expected to last for a limited period.