Thursday, October 15, 2020

Over 50 Indians stranded at Dubai airport

Dubai: Over 50 Indians have been stranded at the Dubai International Airport for non-compliance with entry requirements for tourist visa holders, a media report said on Thursday.

According to the Khaleej Times report, the Indian nations have been stranded since 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, it was reported that visit visa holders from other countries, including 304 Pakistani nationals were stranded at the airport, also for non-compliance with entry regulations.

Many of the Indian passengers arrived on GoAir flights from Kannur, Kerala, and Mumbai, according to travel agencts.

Neeraj Agarwal, Consul - Press, Information, and Culture at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, said that there were 57 stranded nationals in total.

"The consulate was notified of their status through our helpline. Our sources say 14 were allowed entry into Dubai. However, the remaining have been stuck there since last night," he said.

Consulate staff have come forward to extend their support to the stranded passengers, and will provide them with food, water and other amenities if required, said the official.

"We fully respect the local immigration laws and these rules have been in place for a long time. However, the passengers should've ideally been given notification before boarding the flights. To my knowledge, these rules were not strictly enforced.

"If there is a certain policy change, passengers should have ideally been given a two-day notification," the Khaleej Times quoted Agarwal as saying.

15/10/20 IANS/Daijiworld

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