Dubai’s immigration authorities have discontinued the three-month visit visa for Pakistanis and Filipinos for the next three months.
“We have been directed to refuse applications for the three-month visa starting June 1,” he said; adding, however, that those travellers who had submitted their application before June 1 would still be processed.
He added that this is not the first time the Emirati government has banned such visas. In the past, similar restrictions have been placed on travel to the country, particularly during Ramazan, he said.
A Dubai-based travel agency was quoted as saying that that they are considering processing applications through other emirates in the UAE, but that would incur extra costs and entail more restrictions.