The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia stated that Air Peace passengers’ visas were canceled due to non-compliance with the country’s entry requirements.
The embassy emphasized that incorrect information was submitted, leading to the discovery that the obtained visa category did not apply to the passengers.
This clarification comes after 264 passengers arrived in Jeddah but had their visas canceled, with 87 allowed to stay and 177 flown back to Nigeria by Air Peace.
The embassy pointed out the importance of adhering to Saudi Arabia’s rules and regulations for all visitors, extending the procedure to citizens of other countries as well.
The embassy statement read: “.“The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Abuja would like to make a clarification about the media reports and Social Media releases concerning the deportation of Nigerian citizens at the point of entry into the Kingdom.
“The passengers whom were denied entry, and subsequently deported to their initial destinations, didn’t fulfill the entry conditions and requirements in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the Kingdom, as they submitted incorrect information to obtain a category of visa that doesn’t apply to them, which was discovered upon their arrival.
“The Royal Embassy would like to stress the importance of following the procedures and laws enacted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all visitors.
“Furthermore, all passengers should review all the documents to determine their conformity with the conditions prior departing from their countries to the Kingdom.”