Dubai visa and travel medical insurance guide
January 03, 2019
Dubai is brimming with beautiful resorts located on golden-sand beaches. While in Dubai, you can visit the world’s tallest building: The Burj Khalifa or dine next to one of the largest aquariums. There’s a lot to get excited about when organizing your visit. To fully enjoy your adventure, make sure you give yourself peace of mind and organize your travel insurance policy as soon as possible, so you can kick back, relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that you have got all your bases covered.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa Information for Dubai
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Dubai?
U.S. Citizens traveling to Dubai do not need a Visa. However, your U.S. passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival.
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your travels, you should check for any health risks, required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in Dubai. It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to Dubai?
There are no obligatory vaccinations for travelling to Dubai, but we would highly recommend that you get protected against Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, and rabies as well as getting your routine vaccinations updated. The standard vaccines are:
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Book an appointment with your local practitioner or find your local Passport health clinic. You should book an appointment, at the latest, four to six weeks before your trip, giving enough time for the vaccinations to take effect.
Emergency Contact Information in Dubai
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services while they’re on vacation, but unfortunately, accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
Police emergency number: 999
Fire brigade emergency number: 997
Ambulance emergency number: 999
Dubai Local Laws and Customs
• It is illegal to drink alcohol in the street or in a public area
• The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years old
• It is a criminal offence to drink (even the smallest amount) and then drive
• Public displays of affection such as kissing and hugging is seen as an offence against public decency. However, holding hands for married couples is accepted.
• Offensive language and aggressive behaviour such as hand gestures are taken very seriously and could result in imprisonment.
• People of Muslim faith will pray five times a day – the mosques will call people to pray, which you will most likely hear being played through a speaker system.
• Ramadan is a Muslim festival involving fasting every day from dawn to sunset. During this period, consuming drink or food, smoking, playing loud music and dancing is restricted and can result in law enforced punishment – some hotels will serve food during the day and alcohol will only be served after sunset.
Safety and Security
• Don’t take lifts from strangers, only use licensed taxis or official types of public transport.
• Females should be careful walking or travelling alone, particularly at night.
• Drink spiking can happen, don’t accept drinks from individuals you don’t know.
U.S. Embassy in Dubai
Consulate General of the United States
Corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa
Bin Zayed Rd
Telephone: +971 4 309 4000
Useful Tips for Dubai
Official Languages: Arabic
Arabic is the official language in Dubai, however, English is also widely spoken.
Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham
Before your trip make sure to exchange enough United Arab Emirates Dirham for your spending requirements and to get the best exchange rates.
Plug Sockets: Types C, D and G
Dubai uses Types C, D and G plug sockets. The standard voltage and frequency is 220V and 50 Hz. We would recommend that you buy a plug adapter if you don’t have one already.
You can determine if you need a converter or a transformer by looking at the appliance rating plate. A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240 V’ on the appliance body. In this case, you wouldn’t need a converter or transformer.
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