According to a circular issued on October 15, Dubai Airport authorities have instructed airlines that they would have to repatriate tourists who arrived in UAE without any confirmed return ticket.
The advisory comes after several passengers from the South Asian countries get deserted at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday and Thursday because they failed to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for the entry.
What is in the circular?
Further, the circular added that Passengers on the visit or tourist visas arriving in Dubai without a return ticket will not be permitted for the entry, and it is the only responsibility of the airline to arrange and cover the cost of the ticket of the passengers to return to their origin country.
The majority of abandoned passengers were from countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. On Thursday, diplomatic missions of India and Pakistan announced that over 300 passengers without confirmed return tickets had returned to their home countries.
Indian Consulate in Dubai ensures the return of the passengers
About 200 passengers from India were stranded at the Dubai airport. Neeraj Agarwal, Consulate General of India, said that about 140 to 150 passengers were sent back to India on Thursday and luckily 45 passengers were able to clear immigration and enter UAE. Most passengers arrived on Air Vistara and GoAir flights and few passengers arrived on flydubai and Emirates airlines.
He further said that the Consulate staff members came forward to help and support the stranded passengers. They provided them food, water, and other essential things required. One can check the status of stranded passengers through the Consulate helpline.
This is an ongoing process: Consulate General of Pakistan
Many passengers who were stranded were Pakistanis. Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai, said that approximately 169 people has been repatriated to Pakistan yesterday. They are sending back the stranded passengers at the airport as and when the seats are available on the aircraft. And this is an ongoing process.