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UAE Now Requires Airlines to Verify Passengers Visas Before Arrival

The new rules largely affect East African citizens, who often travel to Dubai seeking employment on visitor visas.

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UAE Now Requires Airlines to Verify Passengers Visas Before Arrival

The UAE has introduced measures to prevent visitors from working without proper documentation. Airlines are now required to verify passengers' details before boarding, with strict penalties for non-compliance. Passengers must show proof of AED 3,000 (USD 833) for a one-month visa or AED 5,000 (USD 1,361) for a three-month visa, along with hotel reservations and return tickets. Airlines face fines of AED 5,000 (USD 1,361) per passenger for violations.

The new rules particularly impact travellers from East African countries, many of whom travel to Dubai seeking employment on visiting visas. Dubai remains a favoured destination for job seekers due to its low incidence of labour disputes and attractive wages. However, airport officials are now rigorously checking the purpose of visits, accommodation, and financial means. Travellers unable to provide satisfactory answers are denied entry.

Dubai has emphasised that working on tourist or visiting visas is illegal, and travel and recruitment agencies are prohibited from offering employment to these visa holders. Those with employment visas must complete all required procedures upon entry. Tourists must provide proof of hotel bookings, return tickets, and sufficient funds for their stay. Visitors staying with friends or relatives may be asked for the host’s visa and passport copies, as well as their address, phone number and accommodation details.

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