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Travellers On Dubai Visit Visas Urged To Carry AED3,000 Cash, Return Ticket, And Proof Of Accommodation

Tourism agencies in Dubai have urged travellers on visit visas to carry Dh3,000 cash, a valid return ticket, and proof of accommodation before embarking on their journey to the emirate. This advisory comes as authorities tighten entry guidelines to ensure compliance and prevent overstaying, according to a report by Khaleej Times.

"People travelling to Dubai must have a valid visa with a passport having validity of at least six months. One must carry a confirmed return ticket. These are checks that are being done earlier," said Firoz Maliyakkal, founder and CEO of Tahira Tours and Travels.

He added, "However, now, checks are being done to ensure that you are carrying enough money as proof of funds to sustain your stay in Dubai. The amount is any currency equivalent to Dh3,000 in cash or credit card. One has to provide a valid address proof of accommodation in the UAE; it can be either a relative's or friend’s home or a hotel booking."

Travel agents emphasized that while these rules have been long-standing, the monitoring has intensified for the benefit of travellers. "Airport checks are being conducted to safeguard travellers arriving in Dubai. There have been many cases of overstaying. This step by the authorities will positively impact the tourism sector of the emirate," said Libin Varghese from Rooh Travel and Tourism.

On May 15, Abin S arrived in Dubai on a Spice Jet flight from Cochin International Airport in Kerala. He recounted his experience of being asked to provide the necessary documents and funds. "Upon my arrival at 2.30am, I was asked to show an amount equivalent to Dh3,000, which I had with me. I also had a return ticket. But the crucial part was proof of my accommodation in Dubai," he said.

Abin, who intended to stay with his cousin, faced challenges as his cousin's accommodation was not under his name. "I had to stay in the airport's waiting hall for four days, and finally, on May 19, I returned to my hometown on the same airline," he said.

Another Indian tourist, Abhishek, was denied boarding at Cochin International Airport on May 20 due to insufficient documentation. "The airport staff said that the UAE will not allow anyone to enter the country without showing a valid hotel stay for the duration of their visit visa in the country or Dh5,000 in cash as dirhams," said Bijesh, Abhishek's brother-in-law.

Abhishek had Rs50,000 but was required to present the cash in dirhams. Despite efforts to provide his uncle's Emirates ID and proof of stay, he was not allowed to board his flight. "We went to the Spice Jet office in Dubai and asked them for a refund, but they said there was nothing they could do as the rules were being enforced very strictly," said Bijesh.

Abhishek is now arranging funds and planning to book new tickets to Dubai.


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