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UAE bars entry of people with single name in passports

Rule not applicable to UAE resident card holders & employment visa holders

New Delhi: Individuals having only single name as surname or given name in their passports will not be allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with new guidelines coming into force.

"Any passport holder with a single name (word) either in surname or given name will not be accepted by UAE immigration and the passenger will be considered as INAD," according to a circular issued by Air India and Air India Express, mentioning about the latest UAE guidelines. INAD refers to Inadmissible Deportee.

According to the circular, dated November 21, such passengers will not be issued a visa and in case, the visa was issued previously, then he or she will be considered as INAD by the immigration authorities.

The guidelines have come into force.

The rule only applies to people holding visiting visas, visas on arrival, and temporary visas. Indian citizens with UAE resident cards and employment visas are exempted from the rule. The UAE is a constitutional federation of seven emirates, including Dubai. Abu Dhabi city is the capital of the UAE.

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