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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

There are currently warnings against unnecessary tourist trips to the United Arab Emirates.

Epidemiological situation

The United Arab Emirates continues to be affected by COVID-19. The number of new infections is more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why the United Arab Emirates are classified as a risk area.

Up-to-date and detailed figures are available from the National Disaster Management Agency, the United Arab Emirates Statistics Office and the World Health Organization (WHO).

entry

The flight connections as well as entry and test regulations can change quickly for the United Arab Emirates due to the current corona pandemic.

Foreign travelers intending to stay in the United Arab Emirates for a short period of time (e.g. tourists or business people) can enter as long as they meet the general entry requirements. You must be able to prove that you have travel health insurance abroad.

If you live in an emirate other than Dubai, it is strongly recommended that you check your personal data on the portal of the Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship (citizen phone: +971 6005 22222) before starting your journey.

All travelers wishing to enter Dubai (including "Residents"), Must prove a negative PCR test from all departure locations upon check-in. The swab must not be older than 72 hours before departure. Children under the age of 12, disabled people and UAE nationals are exempt from the test requirement. For passengers departing from certain countries, another PCR test will be carried out upon arrival at Dubai Airport.

Travelers flying to Abu Dhabi from Germany must present a negative PCR test upon check-in at the foreign departure airport. The swab may have been taken no more than 96 hours before departure (shorter periods may apply to other departure locations). The test result must be printed out in English or Arabic. Children under the age of twelve and people with disabilities are exempt from the test requirement.

Upon entry at the airport Abu Dhabi a further PCR test is mandatory. Children under the age of twelve and people with disabilities are exempt from the test requirement. Then travelers have to go to home or hotel quarantine. It is five days for Emirati nationals and persons with a long-term residence permit in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (“Residents”) who have been fully vaccinated in the UAE, and ten days for all other persons. People are considered fully vaccinated from the 28th day after the last vaccination dose. Vaccinations abroad are not recognized. During the quarantine, a GPS tracking bracelet must be worn, which is put on the travelers at the airport. People under 18 and over 69 years of age are exempt from the obligation to wear a bracelet. With a ten-day quarantine, a new PCR test takes place on the eighth day, with a five-day quarantine on the fourth day. Exempt from the quarantine obligation are travelers with direct flights from certain countries on the “Green List” who can prove a stay of at least ten days in these countries immediately before departure. On the sixth and twelfth day, you will have to undergo a paid PCR test again. The test on the twelfth day does not apply to Emirati nationals or persons with a long-term residence permit in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi who have been fully vaccinated in the UAE.

Transit and onward travel

The airports are open to international air traffic via the United Arab Emirates (airport transit).

Travel connections

The airports are open to international air traffic. International connections can change quickly.

Restrictions in the country

Travel within the country is subject to restrictions.

The freedom of movement for travel from the emirate of Dubai to the emirate of Abu Dhabi is restricted for an indefinite period. This applies regardless of the place of residence or nationality of the traveler.

Exceptions exist for people who can prove a PCR test carried out in the UAE, the result of which is not older than 48 hours. All travelers must also do another PCR test in Abu Dhabi on the fourth and eighth day after entering Abu Dhabi. Alternatively, a DPI test can be presented at the control point, the result of which must not be older than 24 hours; In addition, a PCR test must be carried out on the third and on the seventh day in Abu Dhabi.

All tests must be verified in the AlHosn app. People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates and who can also prove a corresponding icon in their AlHosn app are exempt from the obligation to test.

International travelers who travel on to Abu Dhabi after arriving from Dubai or other emirates must put themselves into a 10-day domestic or hotel quarantine in Abu Dhabi. The days that the traveler has already stayed in another emirate before entering the emirate of Abu Dhabi are counted towards the 10-day period.

There are no restrictions for travelers from Abu Dhabi to Dubai or between Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Shopping malls, shops, restaurants and some leisure facilities are open under strict conditions. Public gatherings remain prohibited until further notice. Private meetings are only permitted in the smallest of groups. The authorities urge the population to download the local COVID-19 tracing apps (for Dubai Covid19 - DXB Smart App, for all other Emirates Alhosn UAE).

Hygiene rules

The Emirati security authorities call for strict observance of social distance and compliance with hygiene rules. It is compulsory to wear mouth and nose protection in public.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • Find out about detailed measures and additional information from the government of the UAE and the relevant authorities.
  • Please inform yourself in good time before your flight with your airline about the current COVID-19 test requirements for travel from the UAE to other countries or for transit travel via the airports of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, please contact the UAE health authorities immediately by telephone (emergency telephone +971 800 11111) or the Dubai Health Authority (emergency telephone +971 800 342).
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department of your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information can be found in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

The terrorist organization IS has been threatening attacks in countries allied with the USA since 2014. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are an active member of the anti-IS coalition.

Domestic situation

The domestic political situation is stable. Also because of the area-wide and far-reaching police surveillance of the public space, demonstrations, strikes or similar public protests are not to be expected.

  • Nevertheless, avoid large gatherings of people.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

The UAE is one of the safest countries in the Middle East with an extremely low crime rate. Nevertheless, pickpockets cannot be ruled out, e.g. in large shopping centers or at major events. There have been isolated attacks on women and (female) young people traveling alone.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at airports or on the bus and watch out for your valuables.
  • As a woman or young person traveling alone, take special care when using taxis or when walking after dark.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a mostly dry, hot desert climate, near the coast with high humidity in summer.

In dry river valleys and beds (“wadi”), flash floods are to be expected in isolated cases, especially in the winter months.

  • Always observe prohibitions, information signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Make sure you have adequate sun protection and familiarize yourself with behavioral guidelines in the desert climate.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Direct air and ship traffic with Qatar, which was discontinued in June 2017, is to be gradually resumed.

Buses run between urban centers, otherwise there are taxis and shared taxis. The roads are in very good condition. However, high traffic density and aggressive driving at high speeds lead to an increased risk of accidents.

Drinking and driving is always a criminal offense. There is a de facto zero alcohol limit.

While driving, the driver may only use a mobile phone with a hands-free system. If you do not comply, you will be fined.

Driver's license

The EU driving license is generally recognized for renting a rental car. In practice, however, an international driver's license is often required, depending on the rental company and location. If the EU driving license is accepted, a translation must be submitted. Car rental conditions should be carefully checked.

Special instructions on how to behave

The customs and laws are strongly influenced by Islam and its beliefs and values.

Women are not subject to any particular restrictions or prohibitions. You are allowed to drive a motor vehicle as well as to move around in public, even without a male companion. Regarding clothing, however, caution is advised. Shoulder-free tops and very short skirts or pants do not correspond to local values ​​and can lead to unwanted and unpleasant attention from third parties.

Ramadan

During the fasting month of Ramadan, restrictions in everyday life and increased sensitivity in religious matters as well as in questions of respecting Islamic traditions can be expected. Women should wear long-sleeved clothing that is as discreet as possible, especially during this time, while men should avoid wearing short casual clothing.

LGBTIQ

Criminal law is shaped by Islamic moral concepts. Homosexual relationships are forbidden. You will also be prosecuted if reported. Transsexual people should pay particular attention to the prohibition of "cross-dressing".

Legal specifics

It is strictly forbidden to take photos and film (also with mobile phones or smartphones) from at least the following facilities: military installations, ports, airports, rulers' palaces, public buildings, embassy buildings, industrial plants, oil / gas installations and bridges. The not always clearly visible photography and film bans are consistently punished by the authorities. In the event of violation, there is a risk of seizure of the recording devices, fines and imprisonment as well as expulsion. An exit ban is regularly imposed for the duration of the criminal proceedings.

The dissemination, publication and storage of photos, information, electronic photos, comments, scenes, news etc. without the consent of the persons concerned can mean a violation of their personal rights and be punished with fines of up to AED 500,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.
The use of VPN (Virtual Private Network) software is punishable if the software was used in connection with other legal violations (e.g. using illegal websites or downloading copyrighted content).

Drinking alcohol and being drunk in public is a criminal offense. Alcohol is only offered in licensed shops, hotels, restaurants and bars. There is a total ban on alcohol in the Emirate of Sharjah.

There are draconian penalties for drug possession, even in small quantities, and drug consumption. In the context of criminal proceedings, even the use of soft drugs, which may have been a few days ago, is determined by blood tests and punished. The death penalty can be imposed for drug trafficking.

Open or disputed claims from previous business relationships in the UAE can lead to temporary arrest for the purpose of settling old debts even after a long period of time on entry or in transit.

Criminal law is shaped by Islamic moral concepts. Prostitution is a criminal offense. The exchange of caresses in public and so-called "cross-dressing" are prohibited and can also be punished under criminal law if reported. Because of the prohibition of extra-marital sexual intercourse, the (female) victims of such crimes were also subject to criminal prosecution in individual cases.

Extramarital pregnancies, if they become known to official bodies (e.g. if treatment is required due to complications with the pregnancy or if reported), can also lead to criminal prosecution. Unmarried pregnant women, even if they are about to get married, should be aware of these risks before traveling to the UAE.

Statements on religious issues that are harmless in Germany can be prosecuted in the UAE as an insult to Islam or the prophet and punishable by fines and possibly even imprisonment. There is also a ban on proselytizing and converting Muslims.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the dirham (AED). Withdrawing cash from ATMs is usually easy with credit cards and often also with bank cards. Payment with credit cards is widespread.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: No
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes*

Comments / minimum remaining validity:

For stays of up to 90 days, travel documents must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. The UAE border authorities do not allow entry without a sufficiently valid passport.

In the past, the border authorities in Dubai occasionally accepted a passport that was valid for three months. However, this does not correspond to the official information from the United Arab Emirates. There is a risk that affected passengers will be sent back to their country of origin (place of departure). Consular help in passport matters from the German representations in the UAE is only possible after entry, i.e. not within the international transit area.

* In the past, when an extended child passport was presented, there were rejections at the border or by the airline.

According to the UAE, entry with a temporary passport is no longer possible.

  • Apply for a regular biometric passport well in advance of the start of your journey (if necessary using the express procedure).

visa

German citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE for tourism, business (without taking up work) or for visiting purposes for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.
You are not allowed to work for paid or unpaid work in the UAE. The authorities can extend the stay beyond 90 days.

If a non-tourist stay in the UAE is sought, the current entry requirements should be obtained from the UAE diplomatic missions in Germany in good time before departure.

If the permitted period of stay is exceeded, depending on the length of the illegal stay, there is a risk of severe fines and expulsion. If the limit is exceeded for a longer period, imprisonment cannot be ruled out

Entry control and collection of biometric data

When entering and leaving the country, passport control is carried out with the help of the biometric iris scan.

At the airports, travelers in transit are also checked for drugs. Possession of even the smallest amounts (less than 0.1 g) in luggage, clothing or on the body can lead to long-term imprisonment, see also “Criminal Law”.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Entry through Qatar

According to the UAE, the usual entry requirements also apply to EU citizens with a Qatari residence permit. However, it cannot be ruled out that individual airline employees or border officials are not informed in detail about this at check-in.

Exit bans

In individual cases it has happened in member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council that resident German nationals were prevented from leaving the country. A frequent reason is disagreement on labor law, which leads the local employer (“sponsor”) to request the competent authorities to impose measures relating to the right to stay (“travel ban”) outside of legal proceedings. Failure to meet financial demands by the employee has also led to the refusal to leave the country in the past. It is therefore recommended that you inform yourself about the applicable legal situation, especially before commencing an employment relationship or starting business activity.

Import regulations

The import of local or foreign currency is possible without restrictions up to an equivalent value of AED 100,000. The export is not restricted. Travelers who have reached the age of 18 can buy up to 4 liters of alcoholic beverages or 2 cartons of beer (24 bottles / cans with a maximum of 355 ml) and up to 400 cigarettes (maximum AED 2,000 value) or other tobacco products with a maximum value of 3,000 Introduce the AED.

The import of weapons, drugs, counterfeit money and pornographic articles is severely punished.
Already revealing covers of magazines can be interpreted as pornography.
Any data carriers that are carried, such as smartphones, tablets or USB sticks, are checked if necessary.
The import and use of e-cigarettes are also prohibited and threatened with confiscation and punishment.

Medication

The import of some common drugs or their ingredients is prohibited without a doctor's prescription. The official website "Controlled Medicines" provides detailed information. For drugs that contain narcotics and psychotropic agents or are subject to special control by the UAE authorities for other reasons, an import permit can be applied for via the website of the UAE Ministry of Health. There are also guidelines for the import of medicines. In case of doubt or problems with the online application, it is recommended to inquire at the UAE diplomatic missions in Germany before traveling to the Emirates.

Information on import regulations and lists of permitted and prohibited goods are available from Dubai Customs Services.

Pets

For information on the import of pets, the UAE diplomatic missions in Germany should be contacted. In principle, proof of a valid rabies vaccination is required and it must be possible to identify the animal using a microchip.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering or transit from a yellow fever area for more than 12 hours, proof of a yellow fever vaccination must be provided for all persons older than nine months.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, rabies and meningococcal disease (ACWY).
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)

This infectious disease has been causing occasional severe respiratory diseases, primarily in countries of the Arabian Peninsula, since 2012. The cause is a coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the biology of which has not been conclusively clarified. Camels appear to be involved in transmission to humans. Transmissions from person to person only occurred when there was very close contact with the sick, see the MERS coronavirus leaflet.

  • Avoid unnecessary contact with camels to prevent disease.

Medical supplies

In some cases, the import of even common drugs or their ingredients is prohibited without a doctor's prescription (see also Chapter Entry and Customs - Medicines). Please note this for first-aid kits and your long-term medication.
Overall, medical care can be described as good. German-speaking doctors are also often to be found. Restrictions in supply can only occur in more rural regions.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical doctors or travel doctors and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. about the