General information for visitors and tourists

United Arab Emirates Travel and visa information

Visa

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Exact Visa regulations do change from time to time. Please check with your embassy before you travel.

For More Information click here: Abu Dhabi Government Website  

Citizens of Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Vatican State can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for a Tourist, Transit or Visit Visa prior to their trip. If you are flying with Etihad Airwaysa visit visa may be arranged for you upon request. If you have booked your trip through a travel agency, in most cases they will be able to arrange this for you.

Five, four and three star hotels can apply for visas on behalf of guests who have booked a stay with them. Please note that not all five, four and three star hotels have this system in place. Make sure you check with your preferred hotel if they offer this service. This service does not currently apply to guests staying in hotel apartments

While the airline, travel agency and hotel can apply for your visa, please make sure you give yourself enough time for it to be approved, and note that they do not take responsibility if the visa is declined. 

Otherwise, you will need to apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy. An eye scan will be required at the airport.

Cruise Visa 
Cruise passengers can apply now for the multiple visa entry for AED 200 (US$ 55) only! 

For more information on visa types or how to get your visa, visit the Abu Dhabi Government website or call its contact centre on +971 2 666 4442 (800-555 from inside the UAE).

Language

Arabic is the official language of the UAE. English is the second language, and you will find that everything you need is almost always in both languages. English is also widely spoken but if you try to learn a few Arabic words and phrases it will be much appreciated.

Money

The currency of the UAE is the dirham, which is pegged to the United States dollar at the rate of Dh3.67 to $1. Currency exchanges can be found at the airport and in most shopping malls and will generally offer a better rate of exchange than banks, especially for larger amounts. Please note that shopkeepers and taxi drivers may have problems giving change for any bank note above Dh100. Be aware that the smallest note dispensed from an ATM is Dh100. Tipping in the UAE is optional but appreciated. You will find a service charge already added to your bill in hotels and hotel restaurants, but this often is not given to the restaurant staff. For taxis and restaurant staff, around 10 per cent is sufficient but no offence will be taken if you do not tip.

1521809720418753.png Telephone, Electricity

The international code for the UAE is +971, followed by the number, but dropping the first digit.

Etisalat is the preferred telecommunications supplier for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 and Etisalat sales outlets can be found at the malls and ADNEC.

Etisalat are offering a special deal on SIM cards for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, and additional credit can be purchased for your stay. You will need to show your passport when purchasing.

Most hotels offer free Internet for guests, as do shopping malls.

The UAE operates a 220-240 volt electrical system with three flat pin plugs inherited from Britain.

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