ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has toughened its visa policy for Pakistanis, particularly for those holding official and diplomatic passports.
Now, official passport holders are required to wait for a longer time to get visas, contrary to the norms that accord priority to such passport holders. This startling revelation was made in a written reply of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs submitted to the Senate in response to a question of a senator.
The reason Pakistan’s passport is green
According to it, UAE authorities have adopted a stringent policy for granting visas to the holders of official passports from Pakistan.
“Pakistani passport holders – both diplomatic and official – have been facing a stringent clearance regime for the past three years before visas are issued,” stated the written reply.
Media reports regarding issuance of multiple and unauthorised passports to applicants on the basis of forged documents noticed by local authorities may have influenced the UAE …