By: Hannah Dadzie
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana has asked the public to disregard reports of visa ban on Ghanaians seeking to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
There had been recent media reports suggesting that authorities in UAE had banned Ghanaian nationals and citizens of 20 other African nations including Togo, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, Burundi, Republic of Guinea and Rwanda from entering the Emirates with immediate effect.
In a statement, the Ministry said the publications assigned no reason for the ban but some media had alleged that it is aimed at keeping away visitors from African countries who usually outstay their visa visits in the UAE.
The Ministry, said it has not received any communications from UAE suggesting that Ghanaians have been banned from entering Dubai or any other part of UAE. It however said the UAE has reviewed its tourist visit visa.
The visit visa is said includes “the 30-day single entry visa put on hold, a 60-day multiple visa entry regime and travelers securing a round trip ticket and a hotel booking prior to the visa application. “
While assuring the public to remain calm, the Ministry advising traveling Ghanaians to observe the new visa requirements put in place by the UAE.