Check the validity and type of passport
Check that your passport is valid and is machine-readable or is an ePassport as some countries call it. Many countries do not accept travellers that do not have a machine-readable passport or ePassport.
UAE nationals can check the validity of their passports through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in the respective emirate. Meanwhile, expatriate residents in UAE may contact their embassies and consulates in the UAE for passport’s validity, issuance and renewal.
Travellers can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, or through call centre on (80044444) for any enquiries related to travelling abroad.
Check visa requirements
Citizens and residents wishing to travel abroad are advised to contact the foreign mission of the destination country in the UAE to check about visa regulations, application procedures and related information.
Many countries have outsourced the task of accepting visa applications to a private company called VFS Global.
Visa for UAE citizens
UAE citizens can travel to several countries either visa-free or by getting a visa on arrival.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has an online search facility through which Emiratis can check whether they are exempt from applying for visa or they need a visa prior to their travel or they can get it upon arrival.
Check travel advisories
Volatile socio-political situations around the world have made leisure travel difficult to certain countries. Refer to travel warnings published on the website of the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to check which the list of countries to where it is not safe to travel.
Learn about local laws
Learn about the laws and the customs of the destination country before you travel. Remember that ignorance of the law is not an excuse and that you would be liable to legal action if you commit an offence.
Burqa, hijab, niqab and other kinds of veils, gears, outfits which could be attributed to religious or cultural beliefs, values or customs are banned in varying degrees in many countries.
Countries that ban veils are France, Belgium and The Netherlands. It is also banned in Thiessen Canton of Switzerland, Barcelona in Spain, the Hesse State in Germany and several Italian cities. The Danish courts also banned the veil. People violating the laws would be subjected to fine.
Refer to the list of taboos and prohibitions in foreign countries.
The UAE is considering a proposal under which expatriate residents need to pay traffic fines before they travel out of the UAE or they may be stopped at the immigration counters.
Updated on 14 Dec 2017