The United Arab Emirates has stopped issuing new visas to residents of 13 largely Muslim-majority nations, together with Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, in accordance with a doc issued by a state-owned enterprise park.
A supply briefed on the matter advised Reuters the visas had quickly stopped being issued to Afghans, Pakistanis and residents of a number of different nations over safety issues, however didn’t present particulars of these issues.
The doc, despatched to corporations working within the park and seen by Reuters, cited an immigration round that got here into impact on November 18.
The doc mentioned purposes for brand spanking new employment and go to visas had been suspended for nationals – these outdoors the UAE – of 13 nations that additionally included Somalia, Libya and Yemen till additional discover.
The ban additionally applies to residents of Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey, it says.
It was not clear if there have been any exceptions to the ban.
The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identification and Citizenship had no fast remark when contacted by Reuters.
The round took impact per week after the French Embassy within the UAE urged its residents to keep up vigilance after a bomb assault in Saudi Arabia on diplomats claimed by Islamic State.
The explosion, which occurred throughout a World Struggle One commemoration ceremony in Jeddah, was the primary assault in years the place explosives have been utilized in an try and hit foreigners within the conservative kingdom.
The visa ban additionally comes two months after the Gulf state established formal ties with Israel, a transfer that broke with a long time of Arab coverage and angered some Muslim states and communities. Others welcomed it.
Nonetheless, the supply conversant in the matter mentioned the ban was unrelated to the UAE’s relationship with Israel and was anticipated to final just for a quick interval.
A diplomat commented that the UAE had strained relations with among the states listed, reminiscent of Turkey.
Final week, Pakistan’s overseas ministry mentioned the UAE had stopped processing new visas for its residents and people of another nations, however that these already holding legitimate visas weren’t affected and will nonetheless enter the UAE.