UAE and Nigeria Mend Ties: Visa Restrictions Lifted and Flight Services Restored

Bamigboye Akinola Author and Columnist
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UAE and Nigeria Mend Ties: Visa Restrictions Lifted and Flight Services Restored

In a significant diplomatic breakthrough, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to revoke the visa restrictions it had imposed on Nigerian passengers approximately a year ago. This move comes after a successful agreement was reached between the UAE and Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, who is currently on a diplomatic visit to the Middle Eastern nation.


  1. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) revokes visa restrictions on Nigerian passengers following a diplomatic agreement.
  2. Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline to recommence flight operations between the UAE and Nigeria.
  3. The Nigerian government is not required to make any immediate payments as part of the deal.
  4. The agreement paves the way for billions of US dollars in investments into Nigeria and a forthcoming foreign exchange liquidity initiative.

The visa restrictions had been a point of contention between the two countries, especially since the UAE had imposed these requirements on Nigeria, along with 19 other African nations, in October of the previous year. The sudden imposition, which came without a clear justification, strained relations and impacted the movement of people between the two nations.

In addition to the lifting of visa restrictions, there’s more good news for travelers and businesses alike. Two of the major airlines, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline, will soon be resuming their flight operations to and from Nigeria. This announcement was made by Ajuri Ngelale, the spokesperson for Nigeria’s president, through an email statement on Monday. The restoration of flight services is expected to boost trade, tourism, and interpersonal connections between the two countries once again.

It’s noteworthy to mention that this restoration of flight activity does not come with any immediate financial obligations on the part of the Nigerian government. This is particularly significant given the backdrop of the previous year when Emirates had canceled its flights to Nigeria. The cancellation was primarily due to challenges faced in remitting payments from Nigeria and issues faced by Etihad at the onset of a global outbreak.

President Bola Tinubu, who assumed office on May 29, has been proactive in his approach to bolster Nigeria’s economic and diplomatic standing on the global stage. Since taking office, he has initiated several measures aimed at attracting foreign investment into the country. Some of these reforms include the termination of costly gasoline subsidies, which had been a drain on the nation’s resources. Additionally, he has been instrumental in easing the foreign-exchange rules that had previously led to a dollar shortage, hampering trade and investment.

But the agreement with the UAE isn’t just about flights and visas. In a move that promises to significantly boost Nigeria’s economy, both nations have agreed upon a framework that is expected to usher in investments worth billions of US dollars into Nigeria. These investments will span across multiple sectors, promising job creation, technological advancement, and overall economic growth. Furthermore, in the coming weeks, both countries are set to unveil a foreign exchange liquidity initiative. While details remain under wraps, this initiative is anticipated to further stabilize and strengthen the economic ties between the UAE and Nigeria.

In conclusion, the recent agreement between the UAE and Nigeria marks a new chapter in their bilateral relations. Not only does it promise enhanced connectivity and people-to-people ties, but it also sets the stage for robust economic cooperation. Under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, Nigeria seems poised to leverage its diplomatic ties for the betterment of its economy and its people.