Over 300 Pakistanis & 50 Indians on tourist visas stranded at Dubai airport

The Pakistan Consulate in Dubai said 304 passengers landed in Dubai on Tuesday on flights operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and flydubai.

Over 300 Pakistanis holding visit visas were left stranded at Dubai International Airport (DXB) on Wednesday.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai confirmed that the travelers were denied entry at DXB over non-compliance with entry requirements for tourist visa-holders. It clarified that the passengers from Pakistan did not have a valid hotel reservation or a relative's reference, nor did they have a return ticket booking, as required by the UAE's immigration rules.

Shahid Mughal, regional manager for the UAE at PIA, said the travelers were mainly blue-collar workers. "Passengers who have (the required) funds would be able to enter the country or their PROs can arrange their entry. The rest of the passengers will be flown back to Pakistan," he added.

Neeraj Agarwal, Consul - Press, Information, and Culture at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, said at least 57 Indian passengers had been stranded at the airport since Wednesday night.

Amal Dev, one such stranded passenger who arrived on the GoAir flight from Kannur International Airport at 9 pm, said: "This is my third visit to Dubai. I just completed a merchant navy course and my cousin found me a job in a yacht as a cadet in Dubai. I was hoping to get here and shift to an employment visa."

Dev added: "Immigration authorities asked me if I had Dh2,000 and a hotel reservation with me, to which I replied no.

Source: Khaleej Times

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