Thursday, October 08, 2020

ICA approval: 300 passengers stuck at Dubai airport reach their homes

Dubai: The 300 passengers who had been stranded at Dubai International Airport (DXB) on Wednesday afternoon have been allowed to enter the country, authorities announced on Thursday.

A special team - comprising officers of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the airport's passport department, and the Roads and Transport Authority - has been formed to bring the stranded travellers to their residences late on Wednesday.

The passengers were left stranded at DXB's arrival terminals because of a policy update. According to the new rule, in-bound passengers arriving at DXB and holding residence visas issued in other emirates must have pre-travel approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

In a video posted on the GDRFA's Facebook page, the team was seen assisting residents as they boarded buses. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director-general of the GDRFA in Dubai, thanked the special task force for their swift action in carrying out the evacuation.

08/10/20 Khaleej Times

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