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United Arab Emirates Passport & Visa Requirements
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Entry requirements for Americans
United States citizens require a visa, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. A further 30-day extension is possible at a fee of AED 600.
Entry requirements for UK nationals
Passports endorsed British Citizen, British Overseas Territories Citizen or British Subject (which also contain a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom) will be granted a 30-day visit visa on arrival in the UAE. All other British passports must hold a visa, as well as tickets and documents for next destination, and have a sponsor in the UAE to cover their stay. 30-day visa extensions are available at a cost of AED 600.
Entry requirements for Canada
Canadians require a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates; visas can be obtained on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days.
Entry requirements for Australians
Australian nationals may stay in the UAE for up to 30 days with a visit visa, which can be obtained on arrival. An extension of a further 30 days is possible at a fee of AED 600.
Entry requirements for South Africans
South Africans need a pre-arranged visa to enter the Arab Emirates. Visas can be issued on arrival if you carry proof of pre-arrangement.
Entry requirements for New Zealanders
New Zealand nationals require a visa, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. A further 30-day extension is possible at a cost of AED 600.
Entry requirements for Irish nationals
Irish nationals can obtain the required visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. An extension of another 30 days is possible for a fee of AED 600.
All visitors to the United Arab Emirates must hold a passport that is valid for three months from the date of entry, or six months if visiting for longer than 90 days. All passport photographs are to be recent colour photographs. Visitors must hold documents and confirmed tickets for their next destination and have a sponsor in the UAE to cover their stay. Holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamps, need to obtain a clearance issued by the C.I.D. (Crime Investigation Department) before arrival. It should also be noted that UAE citizenship is only ever granted to persons whose father is from the UAE. The only way a person becomes a UAE citizen is through paternity. (The UAE does not recognise dual nationality and all UAE citizens are required to enter and exit the country using UAE passports.) This means that regardless of how long a person has lived in the UAE, they will never be granted the same status as a citizen of the UAE and residence permits either by way of property ownership or employment remain the only option for a long-term residence in the country. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.
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