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Dubai orders airlines to pay for repatriation of stranded tourists

 

DUBAI – Dubai Airports has ordered airlines to shoulder the cost of repatriating tourists stranded in the emirate.

Last week, hundreds of passengers from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan were stranded at Dubai airport after failing to meet entry requirements.

Authorities said the passengers, visit visa and tourist holders, did not have a return ticket.

“Passengers with visit and tourist visas arriving (in) Dubai without a return ticket will be not be permitted entry, and it is the sole responsibility of the airline to arrange and cover the cost of a ticket/ flight to return their passenger to the country of origin,” according to a circular from Dubai Airports.

Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul-General of Pakistan in Dubai, said the repatriation of those denied entry to the UAE is ongoing. ICA/Expat Media

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