Vastavam web: The 300 passengers who had been stranded at Dubai International Airport (DXB) on Wednesday afternoon have been allowed to enter the country, authorities announced on Thursday. A special team – comprising officers of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), the airport’s passport department, and the Roads and Transport Authority – has been formed to bring the stranded travellers to their residences late on Wednesday.
The passengers were left stranded at DXB’s arrival terminals because of a policy update. According to the new rule, in-bound passengers arriving at DXB and holding residence visas issued in other emirates must have pre-travel approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).Neeraj Agarwal, Consul for Press, information, and culture at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, confirmed that nearly 290 flydubai Indian passengers were transported to the safety of their homes on Wednesday night.
“Flydubai arranged seven buses to transport passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. We have also come to learn that passengers from DXB Terminal 3, Emirates Airlines passengers, were also transported to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain,” said Agarwal. Dubai residence visa-holders are still required to have approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to return to the UAE.