Thursday, October 15, 2020

Indian, Pakistani airlines fly back stranded Dubai tourists over non-compliance of entry rules

Dubai: Indian and Pakistani airlines have started flying back Dubai tourists who were stranded at the Dubai International Airport after being denied entry for not following immigration requirements.

Airlines and travel agents have also begun to strictly implement the entry requirements for passengers flying on tourist visas to Dubai which include confirmed return ticket, hotel reservation and enough funds to support their stay.

Airline sources said that there were hundreds of passengers of different nationalities, mainly from the labour-sending Asian and African countries, who were denied entry.

On Thursday, the Indian Consulate in Dubai confirmed to Gulf News that more than 100 passengers from India were among the stranded passengers.

“We have come to notice that more than 100 passengers from India were stranded. Some of them were later cleared for entry while some were deported. The remaining people are in the process of being sent back to India. We were told that food was provided by authorities and airlines. Our officials are at the airport to offer further assistance to them,” said Neeraj Agrawal, consul for Press, Information and Culture.

The diplomat said the passengers either did not have enough cash or proof of hotel booking or reference from relatives.

“We appeal to visit visa holders to strictly adhere to the rules. People coming for genuine tourism purpose should follow these requirements. Those coming for other purposes should come only on proper visas.”

15/10/20 Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News

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