Pakistan Consul General in Dubai Ahmed Amjad Ali talks to stranded Pakistani passengers at Dubai airport.
PHOTO BY PAKISTAN CONSULATE DUBAI
DUBAI – Hundreds of people stuck at the Dubai airport have been warned against traveling to Dubai on visit visa or tourist visa just to look for jobs.
The warning from Indian and Pakistani consulates in the UAE came after hundreds of Indians and Pakistanis carrying tourists visas or visit visas to the UAE were denied entry to Dubai.
Authorities said the travelers, mostly blue-collar workers, failed to meet entry requirements, including a return ticket, a hotel booking or a relative’s reference, and pocket money of at least Dh2,000.
Last week, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai reiterated stricter requirements for travelers from five countries, including Pakistan and India.
On Tuesday, the Pakistan Consulate General said Pakistani travelers heading to Dubai on visit visa or tourist visa will be screened twice: at check-in counters in Pakistan and immigration counters in Dubai.
“If officials suspect that a passenger on tourist visa is flying to Dubai to [look for a job], he will not be allowed to fly,” a consulate official said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate in Dubai urged travelers to “respect immigration rules” and get the “right visa” if they are coming for a purpose other than tourism.
“Nobody should travel from India to the UAE on a visit or tourist visa looking for a job,” the mission reiterated.
Since Tuesday last week, a total of 1,374 Pakistani passengers were denied entry in Dubai. The stranded passengers have since been repatriated.
Around 300 Indian passengers were also stopped at the airport, with 80 allowed entry later and the rest sent back to India on repatriation flights. ICA/Expat Media
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