The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has again suspended travelers from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia from entering the country.
The nation reports that its National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the decision on Friday. This development takes effect on Saturday, December 25.
The development has created chaos for both inbound and outbound passengers, including Nigerians wishing to come home for the Yuletide. Some have arranged last-minute flight changes to other European, African, and US carriers.
The new travel rule implies that Nigerians can not use the other available Abu Dhabi-based airline, Etihad, which had seen an unprecedented rise in passenger traffic as an alternative to Emirates.
Emirates stopped flight services to Nigeria because of the recently resolved spat between Nigeria-UAE.