Muscat: Minors travelling to UAE via Air India flights will now require an authorisation letter from their parents, according to a circular issued by the airlines.
“General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (Immigration) has notified the implementation of the following procedure effective from June 1, 2018, with regard to travel of children and minors traveling to UAE,” the national carrier of India said in a travel advisory issued on their website.
“All minors (18 years and below) would need to have an authorisation form filled by their parents with relevant details of their address abroad and in the UAE and information about who would be receiving them in the UAE (in case they are not travelling with a parent).
“In case the minor is travelling with another family member, an authorisation letter from the parents or the guardians is still required. “Airlines staff can escort the minors through immigration provided that the above-mentioned form is filled and the process to hand them over to the receiving person is duly followed.
"As a last resort, the the minor would be deported if immigration suspects illegal activity and the information provided is not sufficient to address that. In which case, the normal INAD ( inadmissible passenger) process and subsequent fines would be applied," the advisory read.