A confirmed return ticket is mandatory for visit and tourist visa holders to enter the UAE, leading airlines and travel agents have said.
The rules are being strictly enforced and a large group of passengers from India and Pakistan were left stranded at Dubai International Airport recently for not having confirmed return tickets.
According to the Consulate-General of Pakistan in Dubai, a total of 678 Pakistani citizens have been denied entry into the UAE for the non-compliance.
Over 140 Indian passengers were also asked to return to their home countries on Thursday.
India’s national carrier Air India and Indigo airlines have issued notices to passengers and travel agents stating the rules.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) updated its website saying: “Visitors travelling to the UAE on a visit visa must have at least Dh2,000 as show-money, return ticket and hotel booking/residential address, otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the UAE.”
Meanwhile, Dubai Airports told airlines that they would have to cough up the cost of repatriating tourists who would arrive in the UAE without a confirmed return ticket, according to a circular issued on Thursday.