The federal government has sought to explains why its citizens under 40 years are being restricted from entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It also warned Nigerians need to respect the immigration laws of other countries to avoid “unwarranted treatment”.
On Wednesday, a viral video of Nigerians reportedly stranded at the Dubai international airport surfaced on social media, with a Twitter user, @dunchichi, saying at least 20 Nigerians were stuck at the airport and their passports seized.
The development elicited reactions on social media platforms, with Nigerians criticising the treatment of the travellers.
Speaking on the development, the federal ministry of foreign affairs, in a statement by Francisca Omayuli, its spokesperson, said Nigerians who were stranded in Dubai were issued family visas, but arrived the UAE without any family member in the country.
“Consequently, they were denied entry and advised to return to their country and apply for the appropriate visas,” Omayuli said.
“However, those persons allowed entry into the country have their family members in the UAE, while those who claimed their family members were on another flight were told to wait at the airport pending their arrival.
“The general public is invited to note and be guided that the Government of the UAE has introduced a new visa regime and has stopped issuing tourist visas to persons under the age of 40 years, except for those applying for family visas.
“It is, therefore, instructive for prospective visa applicants to indicate clearly their visa preferences without any ambiguity and also respect the immigration laws of other countries so as to avoid unwarranted treatments.”