UAE has temporarily halted issuance of visitor visas to Pakistan and 11 other countries.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office has confirmed the development.
It said the decision is “believed to be related to the second wave of Covid-19”.
The suspension, however, does not apply on already issued visas.
Besides Pakistan, the decision applies to Turkey, Iran, Syria, Kenya and Afghanistan among others.
The step comes amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country.
The number of infections has been steadily rising in Pakistan since late last month.
Authorities declared the country is witnessing the second wave of Covid-19.