Two names now required to enter UAE.
The National Advance Information Centre of the United Arab Emirates has issued a new guideline for travellers entering the Gulf country, mandating they have a first name and a surname name on their passports.
Any passport holder with a single-word name — either in the ‘given name’ or ‘surname’ column of their passport — will be considered as an ‘inadmissible passenger’ and will not be granted entry into the country by immigration officers.
The rule, however, is not applicable to UAE resident card holders and employment visa holders.
The Indian low-cost airline, IndiGo, issued a statement saying passengers with a single name on their passports travelling on tourist, visit or any other type of visa shall not be allowed to board any UAE-bound flights.
“As per instructions from the UAE Authorities, effective 21st November 2022, passengers with a single name on their passports travelling on tourist, visit or any other type of visa shall not be allowed to travel to/from UAE,” it said.
Air India issued a similar statement.
In certain regions of the world, it is fairly common for people to have only one name.
While some countries, including Iran and Turkey, imposed surnames on their citizens in the first half of the 20th century, the practice never took hold in Afghanistan.
It is also common to have no surname in Bhutan, Mongolia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and in some parts of India.