Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for United Arab Emirates

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Visa restrictions
Citizens of Israel are denied entry. Travellers with non-Israeli passports bearing Israeli stamps and/or visas from Israel are allowed entry.

Citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) do not require a visa. A short-stay visa is issued on arrival to residents of GCC member states, regardless of nationality.
Citizens of most developed countries receive a free 30-day visa stamped in their passport upon entry. This visa can be extended up to 90 days after arrival for a fee of Dhs500. The countries are as follows: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (except BN(O) passports), United States and Vatican City.

Several other countries can benefit from free tourist visas for hotels and travel. See UAE Interact for the latest details.

All other nationalities must apply for a visa in advance, which requires a UAE sponsor. Your travel agent can or will usually arrange this for you. The cost of a 2015 visa is 250 dirhams (about $70) plus travel agent fees for 30 days single entry, no extensions are possible. The new tariff and visa regime is designed to discourage tourists from seeking work in the UAE. While the airline-sponsored transit visa is 100 dirhams (about $23) for 96 hours of transit.

Israeli citizens are prohibited from entering the country by the government of the United Arab Emirates. Despite much misinformation on the internet to the contrary, Israeli visa stamps are officially correct. See these links for more information.

If you are entering from a South Asian country, you will need to obtain an “OK to Board” stamp. In most cases, your travel agent will take care of this. If not, once you have received your visa, take your passport and airline ticket to your airline office and get an ‘OK to board’ stamp. Without this, you may not be allowed to enter the UAE.

Passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry.

Customs regulations

Each non-Muslim adult can bring four alcoholic drinks, for example four bottles of wine, four bottles of spirits or four cases of beer (regardless of alcohol content).

The United Arab Emirates has a deplorably strict policy on medicines. Many common drugs, including those containing codeine, diazepam (Valium) or dextromethorphan (Robitussin), are banned unless they have a notarised doctor’s prescription. Visitors who break the rules, even accidentally, will either be jailed or deported. UAEinteract keeps a list of controlled drugs.

Do not even think of bringing narcotics: Possession of even the smallest amounts leads to at least four years in prison. The consumption of khat/qat (a flowering plant containing an alkaloid called cathinone), popular in other neighbouring countries (especially Yemen), is also illegal and can be punished with life imprisonment.