UAE travel alert: New procedures for visitors from 5 countries to Dubai

Entry rules for visitors tightened after several passengers from India and Pakistan stranded in Dubai airport are flown back.

Dubai: On Thursday Airlines and travel agents said that they have been asked to follow the new procedures for visit or tourist visa holders when they flying into Dubai. The new procedures are required for passengers from five countries. The strict guidelines came after several hundreds of the passengers struck at Dubai Intl. Airport since Tuesday who were then flown back to their own countries.

The travel agency and airlines said that as per the latest instructions from the official authorities, visit and tourist visa holders from below countries must hold a valid round trip (return) air ticket for entry into Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

  1. Pakistan
  2. India
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Nepal
  5. Bangladesh

Travellers who are not complying with the these regulations will be sent back to the same destination from where they came. The expenses for this return trip will be the responsibility of concerned airlines who bought them to Dubai, the airlines were informed. Following this announcement, Indian airlines such as IndiGo and Air India Express issued travel updates for Indian passengers travelling to Dubai on tourist/ visit visas or planning to obtain “visa on arrival”.

While Air India Express stated that all tourist/visit visa holders to Dubai must hold a valid return ticket to be accepted for travel, IndiGo said such passengers will be denied entry and shall be deported at their own cost and expenses in the absence of a valid return ticket. Travel agents said they have also been informed by that these passengers should have a minimum of Dh2,000 with them. However, the airlines had not made any announcement about this till the time of publishing this report.

Hundreds of Indians, Pakistanis deported

Meanwhile, Indian and Pakistani missions in Dubai confirmed to newspapers that hundreds of passengers from their countries, who were denied entry for non-compliance of regulations for visit/tourist visa holders, were flown back home while a few dozens were cleared for entry.

“Out of 561 stranded Pakistani passengers, the consulate managed the entry of 23 passengers into the UAE. Of the remaining, 86 have been sent back and 152 are still at the airport. Their repatriation is being arranged on various flights by tonight,” a spokesperson from the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai told Gulf News.

“We are with them at the airport and food is being provided. Our Consul General had meetings with UAE Foreign Office and DG Immigration as well,” he added.

Of around 200 Indian passengers who were stranded at the airport, 120 were flown back home, according to Neeraj Agarwal, consul for Press, Information and Culture at the Indian Consulate in Dubai. “Over 30 were cleared for entry. The rest will be sent back tonight,” he added.

Airline sources had earlier said that there were hundreds of passengers of different nationalities, mainly from the labour-sending Asian and African countries, who were denied entry.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, which had confirmed travellers from Pakistan getting denied entry at Dubai International Airport due to non-compliance with entry requirements for tourist visas, had also clarified that these travelers did not have a valid hotel reservation or a relative’s reference, nor did they have a return ticket booking, as required by the UAE immigration rules. GDRFA also said that the vast majority of passengers that are compliant with the visa rules and arrive at Dubai International Airport face no delays upon entry.

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