Dubai Airports has informed airlines that they will have to return tourists who will arrive in the UAE without a confirmed return ticket, according to a circular issued today, 15 October.
This advice comes after a number of passengers from South Asian countries were stranded at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday and Thursday due to their failure to meet entry requirements.
The circular stated: “Passengers with visitor visas and tourist visas who arrive (to) Dubai without a return ticket will not be permitted to enter, and the responsibility for arranging and covering the cost of the ticket / flight to return the traveler to the country of origin rests solely with the airline.”
The majority of the stranded passengers were from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. On Thursday, the diplomatic missions of India and Pakistan announced that more than 300 travelers without confirmed return tickets have returned to their countries of origin.
About 200 passengers from India are stranded at the airport. Niraj Agarwal, Consul for Press, Media and Culture, said: “About 140 to 150 were returned to India on Thursday and about 45 passengers were able to clear immigration procedures and enter the UAE. Most of the passengers arrived on board Air Vistara and GoAir, and a few were on flydubai and Airline. UAE ".
"About 169 people have been brought home since yesterday," said Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai. "We are bringing back people stranded at the airport when there are seats on the plane. This is an ongoing process."