Entry requirements

British citizens do not require a visa before their arrival in the UAE. British citizens will be given a 30 day visa on arrival. This visa can be extended for a further 30 days in the Emirate in which you arrived. You should visit the appropriate immigration office and pay an extension fee. Once the second 30 day period has expired, you will need to leave the country. If you do not pay the 30 day extension fee you will be liable to a fine. In Abu Dhabi, if you are over 40 and intend to apply for an extension you will be required to purchase local health insurance for the extra month before the visa extension will be granted. If you wish to stay in the UAE for longer than 60 days, you can apply for the appropriate visa at the nearest UAE Consulate before travelling.

British nationals do not need to be out of the UAE for any period of time before re-entering but Immigration Officials can refuse immediate re-entry if they are not satisfied that the person wishing to re-enter is a genuine visitor. You can get further information from the following:
- Dubai: Naturalisation and Residency Department - Dubai or Immigration tel no: +971 4 398 0000.
- Abu Dhabi: UAE Federal E-Government Portal or telephone 600522222.
Please note: the above applies to British Citizens only. If you hold any other type of British nationality such as British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas), you will need to arrange a visa beforeyou arrive in the UAE. Contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in London.

Passport validity
If you are visiting the UAE your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least three months in order to travel in and out of the country.

Travelling with children
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. In the UAE this may be required when obtaining a residence visa. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in London.

Visitors should be aware that if you require medical treatment you will have to cover the cost of any medical fees incurred.
Healthcare facilities in the UAE are generally comparable with those of the UK, but visitors may be prevented from using them without travel insurance or without the means to settle any charges incurred themselves. For more information on carrying UK medicines in the UAE, please see the Local Laws and Customs section of this advice.

You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. For more general information on how to do this see HIV and AIDS. You should seek medical advice before travelling to the UAE and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of NaTHNaC and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
In the event of another worldwide H1N1 pandemic, The Ministry of Health have advised that the UAE has adequate stocks of Tamiflu. Tamiflu can be bought locally at pharmacies.

For further health advice from the NHS:
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