Indians traveling to the United Arab Emirates must have their full names on their passports to be allowed to enter the Gulf nation, under new rules that came into force on Monday. This means that the first and last name must be clearly declared.
A circular sent by IndiGo to travel agents on Monday reads: “In accordance with the instructions of the authorities of the United Arab Emirates, as of November 21, 2022, passengers with only one name on their passport traveling on a tourist, visit or any other visa visa type will not be permitted to travel to/from the United Arab Emirates.
Passengers traveling to the UAE on residency or work visas are exempt from the rule, however. “However, passengers with only one name on the passports and in possession of a residence permit or work visa will be allowed to travel provided that the same name is updated in the columns “First name” and “ Name “”, adds the press release from Indigo Airlines. .
Other airline services such as Air India Express and SpiceJet have reportedly advised UAE travelers to ensure their passports contain both their primary (first name) and secondary (surname/surname) names.
According to a report by the Dubai-based company Khaleej timesseveral Indian citizens without their surnames on passports are being banned from flying out of the country, after several airlines implemented the new instructions.
Although the new rules take effect immediately, travel agents are asking people to wait for further information before applying for a visa or making changes to their existing documents.
“We are still awaiting information from the embassy on this subject. So currently we advise people to wait 48 hours before applying for a visa,” said a representative from Rayna Tours and Travels. Khaleej times. “As we are still awaiting details, we are asking people to wait before making any changes to their documentation,” he added.