MUSCAT: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has advised expats who are flying back home on special flights to clear their fines before travel.
In the last few weeks, many passengers who were taking the repatriation flights were denied boarding as they failed to clear the fines at the airport.
Speaking to The Arabian Stories, a senior ROP official urged expatriates to clear all the fines before travel. “If it is to do with traffic or visa related fines they (expats) have the option to clear it at the airport before boarding the flight. They must clear all fines before departure,” the official said.
According to an Indian Embassy official, nearly 50 passengers were denied boarding the flight after they failed to clear the fines. With the airport closed in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, India has already repatriated 62,000 stranded citizens in the last four months. “In the last four months we have seen at least 50 passengers denied travel because of not able to pay fines. But these days it has dropped because people are well aware and they plan their travel accordingly,” he said.
In some cases, the official said “it is way beyond our control to help. Some people may have legal or manpower issues that prevent them from travelling.”
“Some people may have to pay fines for overstaying due to expired visa and most of them pay fines at the airport before boarding. If you know your visa has expired, make arrangements to renew so that you need not pay fines,” the ROP official added.