Dubai: Airways and journey brokers on Thursday mentioned they’ve been requested to implement new procedures for go to/ vacationer visa holders flying into Dubai from 5 international locations, after a whole bunch of passengers stranded at Dubai Worldwide Airport since Tuesday have been flown again to their international locations.
They mentioned as per the most recent directions from the authorities, go to and vacationer visa holders from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh should maintain a legitimate spherical journey ticket for entry into Dubai Worldwide Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum Worldwide Airport (DWC).
Travellers not complying with the laws shall be despatched again to the identical vacation spot the place they got here from on the bills of the airways involved, the airways have been knowledgeable. Following this, Indian airways corresponding to Air India Specific and IndiGo issued journey updates for Indian passengers travelling to Dubai on vacationer/ go to visas or planning to acquire “visa on arrival” right here.
Whereas Air India Specific acknowledged that every one vacationer/go to visa holders to Dubai should maintain a legitimate return ticket to be accepted for journey, IndiGo mentioned such passengers shall be denied entry and shall be deported at their very own value and bills within the absence of a legitimate return ticket. Journey brokers mentioned they’ve additionally been knowledgeable by that these passengers ought to have a minimal of Dh2,000 with them. Nevertheless, the airways had not made any announcement about this until the time of publishing this report.
A whole bunch of Indians, Pakistanis deported
In the meantime, Indian and Pakistani missions in Dubai confirmed to Gulf Information that a whole bunch of passengers from their international locations, who have been denied entry for non-compliance of laws for go to/vacationer visa holders, have been flown again dwelling whereas a couple of dozens have been 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 despatched again and 152 are nonetheless on the airport. Their repatriation is being organized on numerous flights by tonight,” a spokesperson from the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai instructed Gulf Information.
“We’re with them on the airport and meals is being offered. Our Consul Normal had conferences with UAE International Workplace and DG Immigration as nicely,” he added.
Of round 200 Indian passengers who have been stranded on the airport, 120 have been flown again dwelling, in response to Neeraj Agrawal, consul for Press, Info and Tradition on the Indian Consulate in Dubai. “Over 30 have been cleared for entry. The remainder shall be despatched again tonight,” he added.
Airline sources had earlier mentioned that there have been a whole bunch of passengers of various nationalities, primarily from the labour-sending Asian and African international locations, who have been denied entry.
The Normal Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, which had confirmed travellers from Pakistan getting denied entry at Dubai Worldwide Airport as a consequence of non-compliance with entry necessities for vacationer visas, had additionally clarified that these vacationers didn’t have a legitimate lodge reservation or a relative’s reference, nor did they’ve a return ticket reserving, as required by the UAE immigration guidelines. GDRFA additionally mentioned that the overwhelming majority of passengers which can be compliant with the visa guidelines and arrive at Dubai Worldwide Airport face no delays upon entry.