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You're not welcome! UAE bars entry for those with single name: Air India

Single named passengers will not be allowed entry into the UAE with immediate effect under the new guidelines

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BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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and AI Express in a joint advisory have notified that the single name passengers will not be allowed entry into the with immediate effect under the new guidelines issued by the Emirate.

“As per National Advance Information Center, UAE, the following guideline has been implemented with immediate effect for travel to . Any passport holder with a single name (word) either in surname or given name will not be accepted by immigration and the passenger will be considered as INAD,” and AI Express said in its "Name as appearing on the passport for travel to UAE" circular, on November 21.

INAD that means 'inadmissible passenger', is an aviation term used for people who are not allowed entry in the country they want to travel to. Those passengers identified as INAD are taken back to their country by the airline, the cirular said.

The circular gives an example of INAD passenger and non-INAD passengers.

Air India

1. A passenger with only 'Praveen' as his given name and no surname. 'Praveen' as his surname and no given name, will be considered and INAD passenger and thus wont be allowed entry in UAE, and if they have been issued prior to that, then they will become "INAD by immigration"

2. A passenger with Praveen Kumar as surname and no given name and Praveen as given name and Kumar as surname, or Praveen Kumar as surname and no given name, will be given .

The new rules are applicable on passengers with visit / visa on arrival / employment and temporary visas. This shall not apply to existing UAE Resident card holders.

According to the Migrant Stock 2020 released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Indian expatriate community of approx. 3.5 millions is the largest ethnic community in UAE.

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First Published: Wed, November 23 2022. 20:59 IST