More than 1,000 fake passports seized at Dubai airports in 2018

More than 1,000 forged passports were seized in Dubai’s international airports this year, according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDFRA).

Aqil Ahmed Al Najjar, consultant of the Document Examination Centre at GDRFA Dubai, said the authority has been using the latest technology to detect new methods of forgery.

GDFRA Dubai said it had also spotted fake residence cards and licences for other countries.

“Those who came to the country through transit to travel to other countries without carrying a visit visa to their destination or by giving forged identity and residence cards were sent back to the country where they came from,” Al Najjar was quoted as saying by local media.

A total of 1,700 first-level passport control officers are qualified to detect fake passports, Khaleej Times reported.

“The centre receives forged documents of multiple nationalities daily, but most of them are easy to detect,” AL Najjar said.

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