Due to the second wave of coronavirus UAE suspends issuing of visit visas to 12 countries including Pakistan. The visas that have been already issued will not be suspended. At the moment, it is not confirmed which category of visa will be affected by these actions.
There is a bilateral relationship between UAE and Pakistan because they both are Islamic countries. A large number of people work in the UAE. Many students also go on student visas to UAE for their studies.
Visas categories in UAE
There are a number of basics categories of visas that are issued by the UAE authorities. Such as business, tourist, student and transit visa etc.
A person who has entrepreneurial experiences and professionals is eligible for a business visa.
Tourist visas are for 30 days and 90 days for single and multiple entries. This visa can also be extended for 30 days more, and there is no need to leave the country.
There are two types of transit visas issued by the UAE, one for 48 hours and another for 96 hours. This visa must be approved before entering the UAE. These visas are not extendable.
A student who is above 18 is eligible to get a student visa. Intelligent students can also get a visa for 5 years.
From june to july, when corona patients were increasing in Pakistan, UAE temporarily suspends the passanger services from the Pakistan.
Due to the high risk of the corona, in August Kuwait banned the 31 countries’ commercial flights which also includes Pakistan because there were a lot of COVID-19 patients were in Pakistan.
Now because of the second wave of COVID-19 in Pakistan and other countries, UAE takes this step.
According to an official report, daily 2,000 patients of coronavirus are recording in Pakistan and it is increasing day by day.
Coronavirus is increasing more fastly than in previous weeks. Therefore, the government also asked to follow preventive measures such as wearing masks and social distancing, to control it.
The Prime minister also announced the restrictions on public events such as political rallies etc.
COVID-19 in Pakistan
On February 26, 2020, the first case of coronavirus was reported from Karachi, Pakistan. After the spreading of covid-19 in Pakistan, the government imposed a lockdown in the country. All the institutions, marriage halls, parks, and public gathering places were close by the government. Because of these stringent measures, Pakistan successfully controls the coronavirus.
But now Pakistan is facing a second wave of coronavirus. According to experts people and government in not taking the pandemic seriously.
Health experts say that the second wave of the corona is much serious than the first wave. Because the rallies have continued in Pakistan even in the pandemic time it is one of the causes of spreading the virus more rapidly.
All the institutions, Mosques, parks, etc are open across the country and the people are also not following the restrictions seriously.
Pakistan people think that they have strong immunity therefore they successfully go through the first wave of the virus. Somehow, it is true that strong immunity helps to combat coronavirus but one should follow precautionary measures.
Coronavirus not only disturbs the economy of the countries but it also create a tension for the people who want to visit the other countries. Travelling restrictions and closing of borders is a great tension of people who want to meet their loved ones (spouse and children).