Travel to United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Travel info

UAE Tourist Offices

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Al Salam Street

Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

PO Box: 94000

Tel: 00971 – 2 444 0444

Fax: 00971 – 2 444 0400



Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority in Germany

Goethestr. 27

60313 Frankfurt

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 29 92 53 90

Fax: 0049 – (0) 69 – 29 92 53 911


United Arab Emirates: entry and exit requirements

Formalities, visas

A visa for German citizens is valid for 60 days and is issued free of charge upon entry into the United Arab Emirates. There is an option to extend the visa by 30 days, which costs around 500 DHS. The passport must be valid for at least six months after the intended departure date. Entry with an identity card is not possible. It is recommended that children have their own passport.

Issuing of visas in Germany


Hiroshimastraße 18 – 20

10785 Berlin

Tel.: +49 – (0) 30 – 516516

Fax: +49 – (0) 30 – 51651900


There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that can be imported and exported to the United Arab Emirates.

Import and export of goods

Items for personal use as well as 2,000 cigarettes or 200 cigars or 2 kg of tobacco are allowed into the United Arab Emirates. Adults who do not follow Islam are allowed to import 2 liters of wine and 2 liters of spirits.

The importation of weapons, drugs, counterfeit money and pornographic articles into the United Arab Emirates is severely punished.

Entry with pets

For the owners of dogs and other animals, when traveling abroad, the question arises whether they can even take their animals with them to the chosen travel destination, and if that is possible, then of course the question of the respective applicable conditions arises. Here with us you will find all the important information on this topic, seriously researched at the embassies or the Foreign Office.

An import permit is required to enter the United Arab Emirates. This can be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Dogs and cats must be at least 16 weeks old upon entry.

A health certificate is required for all animals confirming that the animal does not have any contagious diseases. In addition, all animals must be vaccinated against rabies. This rabies vaccination must have taken place at least 30 days prior to entry, but not more than a year ago. In addition, every animal must have an implanted microchip.

Pets on the plane

When transporting pets in airplanes, there is the option of the animal flying together with an accompanying person (owner) or without such a person.

Transporting animals with an accompanying person (keeper)

In this case, proceed as follows: At the airport, the animal is locked in a transport box provided by the keeper beforehand. It must be ensured that the container is large enough for the animal to stand in it and turn around, and that no liquids can run out (urine). This is done using suitable absorbent material, in the simplest case using a sufficient amount of newspaper.

There should also be a water bowl and, depending on the length of the flight, enough food. The transport container is handed over to the staff at the check-in counter. The transport fee depends on the weight of the animal. It is essential to ensure that there is space for the animal on the flight booked, as the number of animals that can be transported is limited.

The animal is located in the machine in an air-conditioned area between the passenger deck and the cargo area. As a rule, no member of the crew takes care of the animal during the flight, not even to give water or food.

However, experience has shown that the stress of checking in and the take-off phase is so stressful for most animals that they sleep for most of the flight. The administration of sedatives before check-in is not only not recommended, as their effects cannot be foreseen under these conditions, but is even prohibited for reasons of security (smuggling). Many airlines also exclude a number of dogs (attack dogs) from transport.

Animal transport without an accompanying person

In this case, a specialist company must be commissioned with the transport, which then takes care of everything else. However, it should be ensured that the animal is picked up at the arrival airport by someone who is familiar to the dog. And of course all import regulations for pets for the country have to be explored beforehand and strictly adhered to.


It has proven to be very helpful if you have accustomed the animal to such a transport container at home a few weeks before the intended flight.

United Arab Emirates: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

In the United Arab Emirates, the following diseases, which are not or not as common in Germany and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Leishmoniosis
  • various intestinal diseases, such as shigella, worm infestation, amoeba, salmonella and lamblia
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • There is no risk of malaria

The following vaccinations are recommended:

  • diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • polio
  • tetanus
  • typhus

There are no vaccination regulations.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory co-payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Phone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

United Arab Emirates: currency, shopping

The national currency of the United Arab Emirates is the UAE Dirham = 100 Fils. .

Conversion rate

The national currency of the United Arab Emirates is the dirham = 100 fils.

The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50
  • 100
  • 200
  • 500 dirhams

Coins are available in the following values:

  • 1 dirham
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50 fils

You can find a currency converter here:

Bank opening times

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday: closed

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.:

12:00 am Sunday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Shop opening times

Many shops in the United Arab Emirates are open until 10:00 p.m., until midnight and sometimes even around the clock. There are also shops that do not take a lunch break. Some shops or souqs only open around 10:00 a.m. The following opening times generally apply in the United Arab Emirates:

Monday: 8:00 a.m./9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m./9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 am/9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am/9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Friday: closed

Saturday: 8:00 am/9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am/9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm: 00 o’clock

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

In the souqs and shopping centers of the United Arab Emirates you can buy almost anything. Beautiful souvenirs are traditional items such as curved daggers, incense burners, coffee pots, silverware, wood carvings and knotted carpets. Scented oils, perfumes, oriental spices and sweets are also nice gifts or memories.

United Arab Emirates: embassies, consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of United Arab Emirates embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of the UAE in Germany

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was opened on April 27, 2004 in the presence of the then Deputy Prime Minister SH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the then Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

The building in Berlin on Hiroshimastraße immediately catches the eye with its great Arabic-Islamic architecture. The building, designed by the architects Tom Krause and Astrid Bohne from Eschweiler near Aachen, looks like a palace from “Thousand and One Nights”.

Embassy in Berlin

Hiroshimastraße 18 – 20

10785 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 51 65 16

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 51 65 19 00

Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates

Lohengrinstrasse 21

81675 Munich

Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 41 97 70

Fax: 0049 – (0) 89 – 41 97 71 77

German representations in the UAE

German Embassy in Abu Dhabi

The Towers at the Trade Center, West Tower, 14th floor

Abu Dhabi

Tel: 0097 – (0) 12 – 64 46 693

Fax: 0097 – (0) 12 – 64 46 942

Email: info @ abu-


German Consulate General in Dubai

Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road

New Sharaf Building


Tel: 00971 – 4 – 397 23 33

Fax: 00971 – 4 – 397 22 25



Austrian representations in the UAE

Austrian Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Al Khazna Tower

POBox 35539

Abu Dhabi

Tel: 00971 – 26 76 66 11

Fax: 00971 – 26 71 55 51



Representations of the UAE in Austria

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Chimanistrasse 36

A-1190, Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 368 14 55


Swiss representations in the UAE

Swiss Embassy in Abu Dhabi

“Dhabi Tower”, 4th floor, Hamdan Street

PO Box 46116

Abu Dhabi

Tel: 00971 – 26 27 46 36

Fax: 00971 – 26 26 96 27



Swiss Consulate in Dubai

Dubai World Trade Center


PO Box 9300

Tel: 00971 – 14 – 329 09 99

Fax: 00971 – 14 – 331 36 79



Representations of the UAE in Switzerland

The embassy in Paris is responsible.

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Paris

Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg 2

75007 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 44 34 02 00

Fax: 0033 – (0) 1 – 47 55 61 04


Consulate of the United Arab Emirates in Geneva

Rue de Moillebeau 56

1209 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 918 00 00

Fax: 0041 – (0) 22 – 734 55 62



Travel to United Arab Emirates