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Air India Express announced on Monday that passengers to and from the UAE are required to have their primary (first name) and secondary (surname) names on their passports.
Several Indian nationals with only their first names on passports have been barred from flying out of the country’s airports after airlines reportedly implemented the new rule.
Fardan Haneef, a representative for Deira Travels, said that Air India Express was one of many airlines that had issued the notice.
“We have also received a notice from IndiGo airline that people without surnames were not allowed to travel,” he said.
“Today morning, we received a call from a lady who was prevented from travelling due to the same issue,” Haneef added.
The circular further indicates that the regulation will apply to people traveling on a tourist or visit visa but would not apply to those traveling on a residence or employment visa.
According to a Rayna Tours & Travels contact center operator, the rule change primarily applies to individuals going to the UAE on visit visas from India.
The official also stated that they advise consumers to wait before taking any further action.
According to travel agents, the new rule applies to all airlines, including international ones. BKM/ Expat Media
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