Select passport-holders arriving in Dubai are required to carry at least AED 2000 and a return flight ticket or they will be denied entry
20 October 2020| Last updated on 28 October 2020
Over 1,200 passengers arriving in Dubai were denied entry by failing to meet these requirements
Travelers from five South Asian countries are reminded to follow the rules when intending to fly to Dubai.
Earlier this October, more than 1,200 Pakistanis and around 200 Indian citizens were held at the airport and were not allowed into the emirate due to non-compliance with the entry requirements.
Out of the 1,225 Pakistani tourist visa-holders who were held at the airport, over 1,000 have already been sent home, confirmed the General Consulate of Pakistan in Dubai.
Tourists and job seekers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are required to follow certain rules to be granted entry into the emirate, including carrying sufficient funds and a valid round-trip ticket.
These guidelines have been in place for years to help safeguard job seekers from being scammed by fake employers and job offers.
Several airline companies, travel agencies, and consulates received official documents from Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) immigration service, notifying them of the issue and the prerequisites.
What are the entry requirements?
To enter Dubai, the requirements are as follows:
- The passenger must carry sufficient funds of at least AED 2,000 or USD 545 with them
- A valid return flight ticket
- Proof of hotel stay in the UAE, or a relative's or sponsor's address details
- Valid UAE visa
- Negative PCR test result, conducted and provided by a recognised medical centre
- Passenger's passport with at least six months' validity from the date of entry into the UAE