Fact that UAE refuses to grant visas to residents of certain Pakistani cities?
Is the United Arab Emirates restricting visas to citizens of particular towns in Pakistan?
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a statement in response to recent rumors and reports that claimed Emirates has barred citizens of numerous places in Pakistan from obtaining visas to enter the country.
According to recent news sources, the government of the UAE has ceased providing visit visas to inhabitants of certain areas in Pakistan. These cities include Kohat, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad, Skardu, Larkana, and DG Khan, among others. Even though these rumors were extensively disseminated, travel agencies in the area continued to affirm them despite the lack of any official confirmation.
Some travel agencies believe that visa issuances might be temporarily halted in places whose citizens have been engaged in illicit activities or who have overstayed the terms of their visas.
However, these statements have not been supported by evidence and cannot be confirmed.
A Pakistani official who was stationed in the UAE responded to the accusations by asserting that the reports were unfounded.
An official said that there are no roadblocks for Pakistani citizens who are trying to get visit visas for the United Arab Emirates while speaking to a private channel.
He went on to clarify that applicants may expect to obtain their visas within a fair period, often between ten to fifteen days, assuming they have all of the required documentation in place and are applying for one.
An international travel agency was also able to throw some light on the problem by providing the following explanation: "We were experiencing rejections from the immigration department for Pakistani nationals residing in Pakistan." Due to this reason, we no longer consider it to be the nation of domicile.
This is not the first time that rumors of this kind have surfaced; in fact, claims quite identical to these have been circulating for the last year.
However, Bakheet Ateeq Al-Remeithi, the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates Consulate in Karachi, has earlier denied the validity of these stories.