UAE Ministry of Interior denies tourist visa ban

A senior UAE Ministry of Interior official has denied reports of a ban on tourist visas for unskilled workers, state news agency WAM reported.

Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation and Residency, and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, said residency departments in the emirates were following standard procedures while processing visit visa applications.

Al Menhali said earlier media reports that visitors from certain labour-intensive Asian countries, such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, would be required to present university degrees along with tourist, visit or conference visa applications, were not correct.

“Any new procedures would be announced to the public and posted on the ministry’s website or released to the media by the Security Information Department,” Al Menhali told WAM.

Al Menhali said the earlier reports came from unofficial sources and were unreliable.