All visitors except AGCC nationals (Bahrain, Kuwait,
Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia) require a visa sponsored
by a local entity such as a hotel or tour company.
Whne travelling, please submit a copy of your passport
to the local Hotel or Travel Agent, who will apply
for a visa on your behalf.
You must have a copy of your visa in your possetion
before boarding the aircraft to visit Dubai. The Hotel
or Agent should fax you a copy of you Visa. If you
do not have the original, the Actual Copy will await
you at the Visa Counter at the Dubai Airport. Show
your passport, and you will be given a copy of the
Visa, whereupon you may pass through Passport Control.
There are two types: transit visas for 14 days and
visit visas for 30 days (renewable). Airlines may
require confirmation that the sponsor is holding a
valid visa for incoming visitors.
British citizens with the right of abode in the UK
and expatriate residents of the AGCC of certain nationalities
and professions may qualify for automatic 30 day visit
visas on arrival, but current regulations should be
checked before travelling.
German and US citizens may obtain visas from the
UAE Embassies in their respective countries.
Visas are easily obtainable for other visitors except
Israelis and travellers whose passports bear Israeli
No health certificates are required for entry to
Dubai, but it is always wise to check before departure,
as health restrictions may vary, depending upon the
situation at the time.
Duty-free allowances: Cigarettes -- 2,000; cigars
-- 400; tobacco -- 2kg; alcohol (non-Muslim adults
only) -- 2 litres of spirits and 2 litres of wine;
perfume -- a reasonable amount.
No customs duty is levied on personal effects entering
Dubai. Dubai Duty Free has a sales outlet in the Arrivals
Hall (but alcohol may only be purchased on departure).