Is it possible for an Israeli passport holder to transit through Dubai airport? Obviously assuming that the person stays air-side, has a connection on the same ticket, and the next flight leaves within the same day.


Regrettably, the United Arab Emirates refuses to make a clear statement on this, probably out of fear at the Arab backlash at dealing with the Zionist entity and all that.

However, in practice, transiting Dubai (or any other UAE airport) with an Israeli passport seems fine. The CEO of Australian airline Qantas, which has a close partnership with Emirates, has publicly stated:

“Passengers do not need to pass through immigration at Dubai to continue onward to Europe,” he wrote. “Israeli passport holders can transit through Dubai.”

Actually entering the UAE, though, is generally not allowed, certainly not without an advance visa which is rarely granted.

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