Besides getting the UAE to visit visa and the return flight ticket when traveling to Dubai, you also have to adhere to the rules and regulations put in place by the airline you would like to board the fly you to Dubai and Dubai immigration authority.
The airline is responsible for flying its passengers, and the check-in officer must ensure the passenger meets the requirements to enter the destination country.
Airlines flying to Dubai are required to ensure the passenger can enter. The airline will bear repatriation costs and other possible penalties if the passenger is disallowed.
It is the main reason why airlines flying to Dubai have to conduct the OK to board with every passenger before the traveling date. Hence, you or your family must visit the airline and do the OK to board with the airline at least 24-48 before your flight.
Not all passengers traveling to Dubai are required to undergo the OK to board process but rather passengers from some countries.
If you are an Indian, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan citizen, you must undergo the OK to board process and get approval to fly to Dubai.
For Indian citizens, passengers flying on Indigo Airlines, Air India, Air India Express, and Etihad with an ECR (Emigration Check Required) passport or with a print-out of the Labor & Work e-visa, it is mandatory they undergo the OK to board process.
Indigo Airlines, in the last update, which came into effect on February 1, 2018, categorized passengers who ought to undergo the OK to board verification process and those who don’t have for passengers traveling to UAE Dubai and Sharjah) and Doha.
The below category of passengers boarding Indigo Airlines are not required to undergo the OK to board process;
If you hold an Indian passport, you are exempted from the OK to board verification process except if you hold a passport with ECR status and traveling on Tourist Visa/paper visa.
All Etihad passengers are required to undergo the OK to board verification process 7 days before their flight date. You must also check the COVID-19 requirements depending on your destination and verify your flight. The whole process is done online through the Etihad website. You will submit the prompts, and after verification, you will download your boarding pass.
Spic jet airline in 2019 announced travelers doesn't need to use a print-out of a Tourist e-Visa under the OK to board process.
You know how to undergo the OK to board verification process if you are an Indian citizen traveling from Delhi. You will get approved to board fly Dubai plane if you have a paper visa or an electronic visa and meet the below conditions:
It is mandatory you first get the OK to board approval from fly Dubai before boarding the flight for Pakistan citizens traveling from Faisalabad, Karachi, Multan, Quetta, or Sialkot.
For Pakistan citizens from other parts, the type of visa you have will determine if you have to undergo the OK to board process.
If you have an employment visa, you must get protection from the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BE & OE) in Pakistan to get the OK to board approval. Without the protection, you will be allowed to board the flight.
If you are traveling from Pakistan, you need to get the protection, have all required traveling documents such as a return ticket and enough money to cover your expenses and get the OK to board approval before your flight date.
You must arrive at the airport with the OK to board to be allowed to check in and board the Fly Dubai flight.
Also, if you are not allowed to board to flight because you don't have the required travel documents by the Immigration authorities, Fly Dubai does not beat the losses incurred or issue a refund.
If you are traveling from Iraqi to Dubai, you will only be required to have the OK to board approval from fly Dubai when traveling to Baghdad, Najaf, or Basra. The type of visa you have also determine if you need to get the OK to board verification:
If you want to get the OK to board approval, contact the Arabiers team in Dubai, and they will help you get it without having to visit or contact the airline office.