UAE Travel: Relaxation for Travellers with Single Name on Passports

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As you may be aware, the UAE recently updated its travel naming policy, stating that passengers travelling to and from the Emirate must ensure that their passports include both their primary (first name) and secondary (surname) names.

These new rules sparked considerable debate among travellers, and the UAE has been forced to revise the policy and provide relaxation for travellers who have only a single name on their passports.

Relaxation for Travellers with Single Name

Now, UAE has allowed travellers who already have their visas and have their father/family name on their passports. Furthermore, such visitors will be eligible for a Visa on arrival.

  • Travellers with a single name on passports but have visas issued with more than one i.e., with family name or father’s name and the family name or father’s name is mentioned on the passport shall be allowed to travel.
  • Travellers with a single name on their passport and eligible for Visa on arrival and have the family name or father’s name mentioned on the passport shall be allowed to travel

This means that if your passport only has your single name and your father’s or family name on the last page and your visa to the UAE has already been issued, you can travel. If your visa is not issued by November 21, you will only be able to travel if you are eligible for the Visa-On-Arrival.

Relaxation for Travellers with Single Name

Travellers are also advised not to hesitate to contact the NAIC call centre or the airline for any additional clarification.

UAE Visa On Arrival

As many as 73 countries are eligible for the UAE’s Visa On-Arrival programme, which has three different validity periods: 30 days, 90 days, and 180 days.

Apart from those 73 nationals, Indian citizens will also be able to enter the UAE on a VOA. According to the UAE Government’s official website, Indian citizens with a regular passport and either…

  • a visit visa issued by the USA or
  • a green card issued by the USA or
  • a residence visa issued by the UK or
  • a residence visa issued by the EU

can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 14 days if the visa or green card is valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the UAE.


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