I went home on vacation to India from the UAE. I will return on 17 February. However, my passport will expire on 14 May. Will I be allowed to enter UAE on my return trip? Is there any problem I will face because my passport will not be valid for 6 months beyond my re-entry date into the UAE?

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    As a start, what is your nationality? – Some wandering yeti Feb 12 '17 at 19:57
  • @DavidRicherby OP didn't, the editor did that. I'll roll it back to the original (from memory when it was in the review queue). Why don't you now make your comment an answer. I suspect the 'edit' confused the poster. – Giorgio Feb 13 '17 at 1:20
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    @ David Richerby I believe the question is still valid because sometimes a legal resident is exempt from the requirement. For example USA Permanent Resident returning to the USA can enter the USA with only their Permanent Resident Card. – Augustine of Hippo Feb 13 '17 at 1:38
  • It only needs to be valid on the day you re-enter - see my answer – Crazydre Feb 13 '17 at 7:43
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    @pnuts Kindly delete it. I didn't create it. I believe someone edited the question, I reviewed it and approved. Didn't notice the new tag created. Thanks – Augustine of Hippo Feb 14 '17 at 22:17

I was prohibited from traveling for having my visa expiring within 14 days (the officer's specification) upon arrival from a jaunt to Istanbul. Here are my details, which might not the same as your situation.

  • American with work visa to work in UAE for a government agency.
  • Work visa was going to expire in 14 days, my trip was for 10 days. My employer had not started the procedure to renew it for another three years.
  • This was in 2012 in Abu Dhabi

My guess is that you should be fine, but from years of experience, my advice is to not mess around with the bureaucracy. Get something - anything - from your employment showing proof of employment to accompany you, and, if possible, renew your three year visa early before leaving.

  • Well, under the current rules, OP is 100% fine – Crazydre Feb 13 '17 at 7:42
  • @Crazydre - I agree; it's just always good to get as much documentation and confirmation, in my experience. Rules change there, depending on the person you're dealing with. – Mikey Feb 13 '17 at 8:03

As stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines:

Passports and other documents accepted for entry issued to residents of the United Arab Emirates must be valid on arrival.

So, because you have a UAE residence permit, it's enough if your pasport is valid on the day you re-enter UAE.

Make sure to show your residence permit as well as your passport at check-in. If they try to deny you boarding, ask them to check Timatic, putting the UAE in "alien residency"

  • @pnuts OP went on vacation to their home country, India, strongly implying they live in the UAE. And I don't assume them to be in the UAE illegally. – Crazydre Feb 13 '17 at 8:19
  • @pnuts OP applied the indian-citizens tag, and said they'll "return" to the UAE – Crazydre Feb 13 '17 at 8:26

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