Entry Requirements

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In this page: Passport and Visa Requirements | Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs | Health Precautions | Safety Conditions


Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Information on visas and immigration on the official portal of UAE Government
Information on visas and entry formalities on the website of the tourist office of Dubai
List of diplomatic representations
For Further Information
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs

Taxation On Persons
400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 500g of tobacco
4 litres of alcohol or 48 cans of beer (of max. 355 ml each). Please note that the entry of alcoholic beverages is entirely prohibited in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Within reasonable limits
Foreign Currency
Obligatory Declaration of Foreign Currency
Necessary declaration starting from equivalent of AED 40,000 in cash, foreign currencies or traveller's cheques.
Local Currency
Obligatory Declaration of Local Currency
AED 40,000
How to Refund Consumption Tax
There is no tax on consumption in United Arab Emirates except for some luxury products.
Other Requirements

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
It is recommended that everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel and present, if necessary, evidence of COVID-19 vaccination at the border. The updated information on all health entry requirements as well as on routine and recommended vaccines for the United Arab Emirates are provided on the dedicated pages on TravelHealthPro and CDC websites.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged 9 months or over coming from high-risk countries. The following vaccines are recommended: tetanus, diphtheria, rabies, typhoid fever, chickenpox, measles, hepatitis A and B, influenza and poliomyelitis. Malaria is almost non-existent, except for some stagnant water oases, and it is not common to take prophylactic measures against malaria among expatriates. Presentation of a medical certificate demonstrating that one is not HIV-positive is required for obtaining a residence visa.
For Further Information
WHO information on the UAE
Emirati Ministry of Health and Prevention

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Safety Conditions

The United Arab Emirates is a very safe country.
Terrorist Risk
The American State Department warns against a generally high level of terrorist threat in the region and advise foreigners to keep a low profile.
Risk of Natural Disaster
There is a low risk level posed by natural disasters in the Emirates. The most concerning climatic and meteorological phenomena are droughts and summer storms with floods.
Traveling Women Conditions
It is advisable to respect the local dress code and to dress modestly, opting for large and covering garments.
For Further Information
Travel advice for the UAE by the UK government
Travel advice for the UAE by the U.S. Department of State

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Latest Update: June 2023