UAE travel advice

Explore our complete guide to UAE with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for the UAE.

UAE travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to the UAE with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

UAE - quick facts
Flight time 7 hours
Time difference UK +4 hours
Language(s) Arabic, English
Currency United Arab Emirates Dirham
Electricity G plug (230V)
Driving side Right
Visa Yes

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✝ = Typical flight time from the UK and visa requirements for UK travellers.

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UAE weather

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UAE travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting the UAE from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around the UAE.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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UAE travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to the UAE with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in the UAE, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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UAE covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in the UAE with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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UAE FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to the UAE including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to the UAE due to Covid-19?

UAE is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for the UAE.

Check out United Arab Emirates Department of Health for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from the UAE?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from the UAE. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the flight time to the UAE from the UK?

The flight time to the UAE from the UK is typically 7 hours.

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What is the time difference between the UAE and the UK?

The time difference between the UAE and the UK is UK time+4 hours.

What is the main language spoken in the UAE?

The main languages spoken in the UAE are Arabic and English.

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What is the currency in the UAE?

The currency in the UAE is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED).

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Which plugs are used in the UAE?

UAE uses electrical plug type G (230 Volts) - the same as the UK.

Which side of the road do they drive on in the UAE?

They drive on the right side of the road in the UAE.

Find out more about driving in UAE with International Drivers Association*.

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Do you need a visa for the UAE?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter the UAE.

Check UAE visa requirements for all passport holders with VisaHQ* and iVisa.com*.

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