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At the Dubai International Airport.

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Confirmed return ticket must for UAE visit visa, tourist visa holders

 

DUBAI – Visit visa and tourist visa holders must have a confirmed return ticket in order to enter the UAE, airlines have confirmed.

This came after hundreds of visitors were left stranded at the Dubai airport last week for not having enough supporting documents for their trip.

The Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai said that 678 Pakistanis holding visit visas were barred from entering the UAE since Tuesday. On Thursday, more than 140 Indian visit visa holders were also asked to return home.

According to airlines, the new travel rules will be strictly enforced on those landing in Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Air India, in a circular, reminded passengers about the rules.

“We have been informed by the authority concerned in Dubai that passengers with visit and tourism visas arriving in the emirate without a return ticket will not be permitted entry,” according to Air India.

“It is a must for all passengers travelling from India to Dubai on a visit or tourist visa to hold a valid return ticket.

“In absence of the same, we would be constrained to offload the passenger at the check-in point or boarding point in India or refuse entry in Dubai by deporting the passenger at their own cost and expense,” added the circular.

Pakistan International Airlines announced on its website that visit visa holders to the UAE “must have at least Dh2,000 as show-money, return ticket and hotel booking/residential address, otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the UAE.”

Dubai Airports has said that airlines will bear the cost of repatriating tourists without a confirmed return ticket. ICA/Expat Media

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