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11. Posted by Nathi777 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Good afternoon can somebody explain to me why people are being denied boarding by Qatar airways and Emirates while traveling to Dublin from south Africa despite its visa free destination

12. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1784 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Ireland's foreign affairs website says:

"You may also be requested by airline staff at check-in to provide additional documentation to support your case, including but not limited to:

Return airline ticket
Proof of accommodation. This can be a letter of invitation if the traveller is staying with friends or family. The letter need to state the contact details of both the traveller and the host. If the traveller is staying at a hotel, a paid and confirmed hotel booking for the entire stay in Ireland needs to be presented.
Bank statements showing you have sufficient funds for the duration of the stay.
Full valid passport must be valid for 6 months after the planned date of return. Must have 2 blank pages. Temporary passports or other types of travel documents are not acceptable.
Medical/Travel insurance".

Perhaps the travellers weren't able to satisfy the airline staff that they met these criteria?

Text quoted from here .

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Nov-2019, 14:05 GMT by AndyF ]

13. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>why people are being denied boarding by Qatar airways and Emirates while traveling to Dublin from south Africa

Without knowing all the details of the individuals concerned it is impossible to say why they were denied boarding.

As well as the points made in the post above, there is a further possibility. The Republic of Ireland and the UK operate a Common Travel Area, with no fixed border controls between the Republic and Northern Ireland or between Ireland and the UK. Ireland is a visa-free country for SA citizens but the UK is not: SA citizens must get a UK visa.

If the airline staff knew that the people concerned intended to visit the UK, or suspected they intended to do so, they could well deny boarding. The Irish authorities can deny entry to SA citizens intending to enter the UK who do not have the appropriate visa and, in those circumstances, the carrier airline risks being fined.

14. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1784 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Leics I did wonder about that one. It seems odd to me that visa rules aren't kept uniform across the CTA.

15. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1028 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Seems odd to me too.

The UK visa requirement for SA citizens has been in place for years so I wonder if Irish border officers have decided/been asked to tighten up and perhaps inbound airlines have tightened up their procedures in consequence.

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