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I have a 5 hour wait for my connecting flight in Abu Dhabi and was wondering whether I require any sort of visa.

I have no intention of leaving the airport and I am a South African citizen. I am flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi and then on to Johannesburg.

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No, you won't need a transit visa, since your layover is under 24 hours.

National South Africa (ZA)
Transit United Arab Emirates (AE)
Destination South Africa (ZA)

TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours.

Source: TIMATIC

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