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Dubai to check passengers for visa eligibility before entry to country

The government of Dubai is set to start examining the eligibility of passengers to enter the country upon reservation in their home countries and before their arrival in the emirate, Khaleej Times has reported. The new ‘Advance Passenger Information’ (API) system is part of a federal project to be implemented across the UAE in the near future, said Col. Khalid Nasser Al Razouqi, assistant director general for e-Services Sector at the Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. “The system, already implemented in many countries, is meant to save time, effort and money, enhance passenger flow and comfort, and curb violators early enough before their arrival to the country,” said Al Razouqi.