If you are planning to travel to the UAE or have already booked your tickets, there is some urgent news you need to check. UAE has now banned entry for Indians whose passport doesn't mention the last name or a surname.
Before you board your flight, you will have to update your passport with a second name or a surname at the earliest.
Visa type: The rule applies to passengers with a visit visa, visa on arrival, employment and temporary visas.
As informed, passengers with a single name on their passports traveling on tourist, visit or any other type of visa shall not be allowed to travel to/ from UAE. This new naming policy does not apply to people who have valid residence permit or work visa. (2/2)— Air India (@airindiain) November 22, 2022
The rule change came on November 21 and various Indian airlines including Air India, IndiGo, and others were informed of the same.
Already several people with just their mononym on their passports are fervently reaching out to airlines about their issue. Some of them have already booked their flights, hotels, and everything else in advance.
Dear Mr. Gautam, as per the instructions from the UAE Authorities, passengers with a single name on their passports travelling on tourist, visit or any other type of visa shall not be allowed to travel to/from UAE. 1/2— Air India (@airindiain) November 23, 2022
Dubai is a popular destination for several Indian nationals and the rule change coming ahead of holiday season can derail plans for several people.