Islamabad: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday briefly suspended the issuance of latest visas to guests from Pakistan and 11 different nations till additional discover, the International Workplace stated.
The choice by the UAE authorities is “believed to be related to the second wave of COVID-19,” International Workplace spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated in a press release.
“We have learnt that the UAE has temporarily suspended the issuance of new visit visas until further announcement for 12 countries, including Pakistan,” he stated, including that the federal government is searching for official affirmation from the UAE authorities on this matter.
Nonetheless, the suspension wouldn’t apply on already issued visas, the International Workplace stated.
It was not instantly clear what number of classes of visas could be affected by the suspension. The UAE has varied visa classes, together with enterprise, vacationer, transit and pupil.
The opposite nations hit by the UAE authorities’s recent visa directives embody Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya and Afghanistan.
In June, when circumstances in Pakistan had been on the rise, UAE airline Emirates had introduced momentary suspension of passenger companies from Pakistan until July 3.
The choice got here after round 30 Pakistanis who arrived in Hong Kong on board an Emirates flight examined optimistic for the virus. The airline resumed its flights in July, the Daybreak Information reported.
In August, Kuwait’s aviation banned industrial flights to Pakistan and 30 different nations considered ‘excessive threat’ as a result of unfold of the coronavirus.
The variety of infections has been rising in Pakistan since late final month and authorities have declared that the nation was witnessing the second wave of COVID-19. The positivity price of the illness has elevated, particularly in main cities together with Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Hyderabad.
On Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had urged the individuals to “act as a nation” as a way to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus, which has up to now contaminated 363,380 individuals and claimed 7,230 lives within the nation.