Travellerâ€™s details, at the time of booking their ticket with Emirates airline, will be passed on to the passport control officers
Dubai: In a bid to expedite passenger movement through Dubai airport, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has announced plans to do away with the passport control counters from the departures wing of Terminal 3.
If this plan is implemented, passengers will no longer have to queue at passport control counters. Instead, the travellerâ€™s details, at the time of booking their ticket with Emirates airline, will be passed on to the passport control officers. Once the ticket is booked, passengers will simply be able to walk through to the departure gates after checking in.
â€œThe plan is still under study and has to be approved before implementation,â€ a GDRFA official said, â€œIf it is, all that is going to change is removal of the passport control counters. All other procedures will remain the same.â€
However, immigration officers will still be present at the terminal and will receive travellerâ€™s information, and they are authorised to stop any traveller whose details reveal a criminal case against him or any other reason that bars them from leaving the country.
A number of International airports have adopted a similar approach in their departures wing, including San Francisco International Airport.
Major General Mohanmmad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of the GDRFA, said on Tuesday that this step will enhance the GDRFAâ€™s services at the airport.
â€œWe want our clients to enjoy fast and hassle-free travel,â€ he said.
Dubai airport is one of the busiest in the world, he said. â€œIt requires efficiency on the GDRFAâ€™s part to handle the large number of passengers using the airport,â€ said Maj Gen Al Merri. :More than 71 million passengers used the airport in 2014. We are expecting 78 million travellers to use Dubai Airport this year.