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558 Pakistanis on visit visa repatriated from UAE

Waheed Abbas/Dubai
Filed on October 17, 2020 | Last updated on October 17, 2020 at 06.02 am
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(Reuters file)

120 more passengers to be repatriated in the next 12 hours .

More than 550 Pakistani passengers in the UAE have been repatriated in the past three days after they were not able to meet the minimum entry criteria set by the authorities for visit visa holders.

According to the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai, a total of 678 Pakistani citizens have been denied entry into the UAE for the non-compliance.

Dubai authorities made it mandatory on Wednesday for all the people holding visitor visa to have Dh2,000 cash, return air ticket and hotel booking to enter the country.

Those tourists who are going to stay with friends and relatives are required to provide accurate residential address and other relevant information about their hosts.

More than 100 Indian nationals had also been repatriated by Thursday for non-compliance reasons.  

"As of Friday, a total 678 Pakistani nationals on visit/tourist visa who reached Dubai by PIA, Air Blue, Fly Dubai and Emirates flights were denied entry into UAE for not complying with the entry conditions. Out of the total, 558 Pakistani passengers have already been sent back while remaining 120 passengers will be sent back through various flights during next 12 hours," the Consulate said in a statement on Friday.

"Pakistani nationals are requested to fulfil minimum entry requirements as well as they should have the visa for Dubai if they want to land at Dubai airport," it said.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has also asked UAE-bound passengers holding visit visas to carry a minimum amount of Dh2,000 along with a confirmed return ticket and hotel booking.

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