Pakistan flights: Passengers with single name on passport not allowed to enter UAE, says airline

Pakistan-UAE is one of the busiest air routes as South Asian nationals account for the second largest expatriate community in the UAE – totalling around 1.6 million



Photo: AFP file
Photo: AFP file
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Waheed Abbas

Published: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11:08 AM

Last updated: Thu 1 Dec 2022, 8:30 AM

Passengers flying from Pakistan to the UAE with a single name on their passports will not be allowed to enter the UAE.

“The UAE government has revised the naming guidelines for allowing entry in the Emirates. As per the guideline update, passengers holding passports with [only] a single name and no other name, including father name/family name will not be accepted,” Pakistan’s Serene Air said.

The South Asian carrier said travellers with a single name, either in the ‘first name’ or the ‘last name’ category on the passport, will not be permitted to enter the UAE.

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Pakistan-UAE is one of the busiest air routes as South Asian nationals account for the second largest expatriate community in the UAE, totalling around 1.6 million.

On Wednesday, the Australian government also issued an advisory for its citizens, asking Australian passport holders to have at least two words in the name fields.

“If you have only one name in your passport, you will be refused entry,” it said in a statement on its website.

Earlier, Indian airlines also told passengers to correct their names on their passports as travellers with single names were not allowed to enter the UAE.

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Avinash Adnani, managing director of Pluto Travels, said passengers from India and Pakistan are not facing much of a problem because citizens of both these countries either have their father's or husband’s name on their passports.

“Indian and Pakistani nationals have either father, husband or family names, too, in the passport. So we don’t’ see much of an issue for them. But some other South Asian nationalities have single names in their passports which could be challenging,” said Adnani.


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