Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa said the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, even as the Gulf state allows Israelis into the country visa-free following the normalization deal between the two countries.

Confusion over the unexplained UAE visa ban targeting 11 Muslim-majority nations, in addition to Kenya, swirled after a leaked document from Dubai’s state-owned airport free zone surfaced this week, declaring restrictions against a range of nationalities.

Emirati authorities have not acknowledged the suspension that comes as the UAE welcomes Israeli tourists for the first time in history, the coronavirus pandemic surges across the region and those searching for work in the federation of seven sheikhdoms increasingly overstay their tourist visas amid a cascade of business shutdowns and lay-offs.

Citing an order from the country’s immigration authorities, the note to companies operating in Dubai’s airport free zone announced a pause in issuing all new employment, long and short-term visit visas “until further notice” from countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Tunisia, without offering a reason. Those already holding visas would not be affected, it said.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that Israel and the UAE have agreed on a plan that will allow Israelis to travel to the Gulf nation even before a mutual visa-waiver program comes into effect.

Read the full article at Times of Israel

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK

Related Articles:

133 empty seats at Passover

133 empty places set at a Passover table outside Downing Street.This Passover we join with Jews in Israel and around the world in declaring, “Let thy people go”Jewish people around the...

Liz Truss: ‘I would like to see more support for Israel’ from the Foreign Office

Former Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, has said there is “a tendency to not support Israel as much as I would like in the Foreign Office,” and revealed that she had to...

Dividing the land of Israel is ungodly, why did the UK almost allow it?

This week, the United Nations Security Council voted on whether the 'State of Palestine' should be made a full member at the United Nations. This recognition would have given legitimacy...

99% interceptions; 100% support | Britain defends Israel from Iran attack

On Saturday night, early hours of Sunday morning in Israel, Iran launched a direct attack against the State of Israel for the first time in the Islamic republic's history. The tyrants of...

Prophetic Eclipse? God’s views on the sun, moon, and Israel

Eclipses are one of the wonders of the natural world. These astronomical phenomena excite our senses and captivate our imaginations, so it is understandable that news of the total solar...

16 Month Scripture Calendar