Dubai Airport: ICA Approval Mandatory For Non-Dubai Residents


Dubai Airports on Wednesday said that all in-bound passengers arriving at Dubai International (DXB) and holding residence visas issued in other Emirates are required to take a pre-travel approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the country.

“According to new travel requirements, holders of residence visas issued in other Emirates need approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to return to the country,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson¬†said.

However, Dubai residence visa holders are still required to have an approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to return to the UAE.

Neeraj Agarwal, Consul – press, information, and culture at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, said approximately 280 passengers are stranded at DXB Terminal 1 and 2.


“A majority of the 280 passengers are Indians. Unconfirmed sources have also said a similar number of passengers are stranded at Terminal 3 as well. We believe these passengers, with residence visas of other Emirates, have landed in Dubai,” said Agarwal.

“We have also received confirmation that the passengers will be released from the airports today,” he added.

The Consulate also updated the revised travel regulations on its Twitter page, “Consulate has come to know about the latest guidelines to enter UAE from Dubai airport. All in bound passengers are required to take note of these changes/requirements to avoid any inconvenience”

Airport officials have also confirmed that ‘some passengers’ are experiencing a delay in the arrival process at DXB. The official said: “Dubai Airports can confirm that some passengers are experiencing a delay in the arrival process at DXB this afternoon due to an update in travel regulations in line with the directives of UAE authorities.”

“Dubai Airports is working with government authorities and other service partners to ensure the comfort of our passengers and resolve the situation as soon as possible,” the spokesperson added.

(Source: Khaleej Times)

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