Dubai airports have told airlines that they will have to repatriate tourists arriving to the UAE without a confirmed return ticket and pay for the cost, according to a circular issued on October 15th.

The notice comes after several passengers from Pakistan countries were stranded at Dubai International Airport recently because they did not meet the entry requirements.

The circular, a copy of which was seen by the local news agency, states: “Passengers on visitor and tourist visas who enter Dubai without a return ticket will not be allowed entry and it is the sole responsibility of the airline to arrange and do so to cover the cost of a ticket / flight to bring the passenger back to the country of origin.”

The majority of the stranded passengers currently were from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. On Thursday, diplomatic missions from India and Pakistan announced that over 300 passengers had returned to their home countries without confirmed return flight tickets.

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