UAE: Unaccompanied Minors Now Need Parental Authorisation When Entering UAE – LNB News (04/06/2018)
Newspaper: Gulf News, 1 June 2018
From 1 June 2018, those under 18 years will not be allowed to travel to the UAE without an authorisation letter from their parents if they are not travelling with their parents.
The authorisation form must be completed by the parents with relevant details of the child’s address overseas and in the UAE and information about who will receive the child in the UAE. Even in cases where the minor is travelling with another family member, an authorisation letter from the parents, or guardians will still be required, Air India has said. Airline staff are able to escort minors through immigration, provided that the form has been completed and the process of handing them over to the authorised person has been duly followed.
It has been stated minors could be deported if the immigration authorities in the UAE suspect illegal activity and the information provided is insufficient to address such concerns. In such cases, the normal process and subsequent fines will also apply.