The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has temporarily suspended the issuance of new visas to visitors from Pakistan and 11 other countries until further notice, according to the Foreign Office.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office confirmed the news saying that the decision by the UAE authorities is believed to be related to the second wave of COVID-19.
“We have learnt that the UAE has temporarily suspended the issuance of new visit visas until further announcement for 12 countries, including Pakistan,” Pak’s Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said, adding that the government is seeking official confirmation from the UAE authorities in this matter.
However, the suspension would not apply on already issued visas, the Foreign Office said.
The other countries hit by the UAE government’s fresh visa directives include Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya and Afghanistan.
This development comes amid a rising number of cases of coronavirus in the country. For nearly one week, Pakistan has recorded over 2,000 fresh Covid-19 cases.