The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has temporarily suspended the issuance of new visas to visitors from Pakistan and 11 other countries until further notice. Pakistan's Foreign Office on Wednesday confirmed the news saying that the decision by the UAE authorities is ‘believed to be related to the second wave of Covid-19’. However, the suspension wouldn't apply on already issued visas. It is not clear how many categories of visas would be affected by the suspension as the UAE has various visa categories, including business, tourist, transit and student. The other countries hit by the UAE government's fresh visa directives include Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya and Afghanistan among others.