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Indian man says denied UAE entry ‘over moustache’

Bizarre incident sees man denied entry at airport over facial hair

Indian man says denied UAE entry ‘over moustache’

An Indian national was denied entry into the UAE after refusing an immigration official’s demand to shave off his moustache in a bizarre incident at an airport in the Gulf state, it was reported.

According to local daily Gulf News, Sujeev Kumar flew into Sharjah International Airport from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala on Friday, when an official withheld his passport after objecting to his facial hair.

Kumar claimed that the unnamed officer refused to return his travel document after stamping it. “After stamping my passport, he kept looking at me and the picture in the passport. He asked me how I keep my moustache brushed and laughed,” Kumar told the newspaper.

Kumar claimed that the immigration officer continued to query him on his moustache in an official tone. “He finally told me: ‘If you agree to shave off your moustache, I will let you to go’ and kept my passport with him,” he said. “He kept my passport and told me very seriously again to remove my moustache if I wanted it back and called the next person in line.”

Kumar said that his passport was only returned after asking to speak to the immigration officer’s superior at the airport. He was then permitted to enter the country.

Brigadier Dr Abdullah Bin Sahoo, director general of the Sharjah Department of Naturalisation and Foreign Affairs, told Gulf News that that CCTV images are being studied as part of an investigation into the incident.

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Franco 6 years ago

I moustache you a question. But I'm shaving it for later.

Kumarhaji 6 years ago

This is an individual incident and shouldn't be exaggerated .. that's if it was true in the first place.

ysv 6 years ago

How about beards ? Will beard of different sizes will be questioned and required to be shaven off ?

Juma 6 years ago

The immigration officer has done the right thing as it is a matter of security. A traveler should more or less look the same as his picture in his passport, not an alien from another planet.

Bastaki 6 years ago

This title used by Business.com is wrong and has agenda of misleading the readers!! "Indian man says denied UAE entry ‘over moustache’" After reading the article, you realized that the man was not misleading the denied entring the UAE; so the title should be "An immigration staff give a hard time to a visitor entring the UAE over his size of moustache" So here we avoid criticizing of the whole system and country for one irresponsible employee and stop promoting hate speech on the Internet. Business.com writters need to change their attitude and not use freedom of expression to widen the gap and to recommend racisim.

Deepti 6 years ago

To be honest, it sounds like the immigration guy was pulling his leg and giving him a bit of a scare. May not have been intentionally offensive, but highly inappropriate for a person in his position and that situation. This is just all really amusing though...makes for a very entertaining read (assuming no one was hurt/offended/threatened)!

Deepti 6 years ago

Ha ha, pun of the day :)

tony 6 years ago

You are right. Hmmm...but my passport is valid for 10 years, which means I hope that I don't age in such a "short" time.

Seriously though, some of the people who post comments really lack common sense.

Farid 6 years ago

Tony - Seriously though, some of the people who post comments really lack common sense because even though some passports are valid for 10 years, they always get renewed within a few years as the passport pages are all used up.
The airport officer has done the correct thing, what do you expect him to do when people all the more look like drag queens and clowns in the airport.

F Backer 6 years ago

Juma, the immigration officer has not done the right thing!

Imagine asking to shave beard likewise. Your comment does not make sense!