Emirates had added the OK TO Board provision as a condition for entering UAE for passengers coming from certain countries. This additional check was introduced in order to prevent illegal travel to UAE using forged documents. As UAE is one of the most cherished travel destinatin for people of Indian subcontinent, there is a great desire to visit Dubai and other Emirates, even if it means using wrong and crooked means to gain entry.
Who have to go through this process?
There are three categories of people who have to take this permission before boarding the Emirates flight:
a) Citizens of India and Pakistan departing from their country of citizenship.
b) Citizens of Sri Lanka or Bangladesh who are travelling from India to Pakistan. It shall be noted that all citizens of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are not subjected to this rule. Only those who are travelling from India or Pakistan have to perform this additional Emirates check in step.
c) Indian citizens whose passports are stamped with Emigration Check Required stamp and are travelling as seamen or ship crew to certain countries. These countries are Indonesia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.
Passengers are required to fill this Ok-to-Board form for this purpose.