A new travel advisory has been issued for passengers bound for the United Arab Emirates, as the United Arab Emirates has restricted the entry of travelers with only one name on their passport.
According to the new notice, UAE immigration officials have established a new condition for incoming passengers. Under the new condition, passengers with only one name on their passport will not be cleared at UAE airports.
It has been declared obligatory for passport holders to mention the first and last names of gentlemen, including father or husband. UAE authorities have also ordered airlines to issue tickets to travelers with their full names.
A private airline, SereneAir, issued a public notice stating: “The Government of the United Arab Emirates has revised naming guidelines to allow entry into the Emirates. As per the updated guidelines, any passport holder with only one name, surname or first name, will not be accepted by UAE Immigration and the passenger will be considered an inadmissible passenger. The revised policy is effective from November 21, 2022.”
Additionally, another private airline, airblue, announced: “In accordance with the latest notification from the UAE NAIC, customers traveling on visit visas must have valid return tickets. Customers traveling on visit visas and having a return ticket from any other airline will need to obtain prior authorization at the time of check-in with the NAIC.
“As API clearance takes time, all guests with return tickets from other airlines are requested to present themselves for check-in 4 hours prior to departure to avoid any inconvenience. However, guests with a round-trip airblue ticket on a PNR may receive advance approval.All travel is subject to API approval,” the airline concluded.