In-bound passengers arriving at Dubai International (DXB) and holding residence visas issued in other Emirates must need a pre-travel approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the country, a Dubai Airports spokesperson told Khaleej Times on Wednesday.
"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," the 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.
Dubai Airports issued this statement in response to a query from Khaleej Times about the status of several stranded passengers in the arrivals terminal of DXB on Wednesday afternoon. Sources at the Consulate General of India in Dubai and the travel sector said at least 280 passengers from various destinations were left stranded at the airport due to this new policy update.