What do you need to enter the UAE?

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Published: 20.10.2021

Travel documents required to enter the UAE

Passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry into the UAE. In exceptional cases, newly issued fast passes can be used. Citizens of all 28 European Union countries will obtain a UAE visa on arrival at Dubai or Abu Dhabi airport (Valid from 22 March 2014).

If you are not a citizen of a European Union country or a country on the list below you must have a UAE entry visa processed prior to departure from the boarding airport. Your visa can be arranged by a local sponsor, which may be local licensed CKs and hotels. Airlines check at check-in that you have a copy of your entry visa - so be sure to print it before you travel. Sinimar is licensed by the Dubai Immigration Department and provides visas for citizens of most countries in the world with visa requirements.

Upon arrival in the UAE, present a valid passport to the immigration officer and you will receive a free entry day stamp in your passport. The rule is that you can be in the country for 90 days out of 180 days. It is up to you whether you choose to stay in one piece or in parts, but you must not exceed this number or you will face fines or deportation.

Citizens with visa requirements arriving in the Emirates will present a copy of their visa along with your passport. The official will scan the barcode from your visa and register you in the online system. You will not encounter the original visa for the duration of your stay - everything is done entirely electronically.

List of countries that do not require a visa in advance

Visa on arrival - free stay for 30 days
  • Africa - Mauritius
  • Asia - Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, Russia
  • Australia - Australia, New Zealand
  • Europe - Andorra, Ireland, Monaco, San Marino, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Vatican City 
  • North America - Canada, USA
Free movement 90 days out of 180
  • South and Central America - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Uruguay
  • Europe - Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Other - Seychelles, South Korea

Customs and foreign exchange regulations

There is no mandatory currency exchange or proof of sufficient funds for residency in the UAE.

For non-Muslims, there is a limit of 2 litres of alcohol per person. Muslims have a complete ban on importing alcohol.

The import and transfer of drugs, pesticides, weapons or ammunition into the UAE is only possible in registered quantities under a special licence from the country's Ministry of Interior. The import of opium, narcotics, pornographic and erotic material, politically or religiously sensitive material, anti-Muslim literature and Israeli currency is strictly prohibited. The aforementioned is subject to strict censorship, is immediately confiscated under Sharia law and the persons concerned face appropriate sanctions.

In the case of importation of animals, it is necessary to present a veterinary certificate - a certificate of vaccination against rabies.