In order to be consented for travel, some airlines necessitate passengers, especially traveling from countries in Asian Subcontinent, to have an ‘Ok to Board’ approval. This is mainly mandatory for travelers visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and whose visa being issued as well as sponsored in the UAE.
Ok to Board – abbreviated as OTB – simply denotes a minor check conducted by your airline service provider to ensure that you carry all travel essentials for your visit to the UAE, such as visa, passport, and return ticket. Al though it has nothing to do with immigration procedures or approval of your visa, failing to procure an OTB may sometimes encumber your travel to the UAE, as some airlines refuse to board passengers who do not have their PNR stamped with OTB message.
What is the main purpose behind the getting of Ok to Board?
Your airline mandates you to update OTB message on PNR primarily to confirm the legitimacy of your visa as well as other relevant travel documents, thereby eliminating the chances of travelers making entry to the country with a forged visa and subsequently getting deported by the UAE immigration.
Once OTB is registered by Lama Tours rep, your airline would electronically update it in your PNR. You can also directly call your respective airline to know about your OTB status. Alternatively, if it is done through Lama Tours, our visa consultants assure to update you about this at least 48 hours before your intended travel.