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For the purpose of the 14 day visa on arrival, the UAE does not distinguish between visa types. Any nonimmigrant visa is accepted. But both the visa and your passport must have at least 6 months validity. However, you cannot use the I-797. The US visa must be already stamped in your passport. When you arrive in Dubai, go first to the Marhaba counter to ...


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The fact that you were allowed to keep your scissors in NZ doesn't really mean anything, I bet plenty of people get to keep their scissors in Dubai too. You were just unlucky to meet the wrong security guy. And yes, the airport staff can essentially confiscate any item they consider dangerous, unless it's valuable enough to argue about or you really need it ...


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The confiscation was within the rules (as security staff anywhere have immense flexibility, which they can exercise when they perceive a possible need). This is what you'd hope and expect for people required to make potential life and death decisions on the spot. The confiscation was sensible - you would not expect it with certainty, but should in no way be ...


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TSA rules are only for the USA. DXB will have an entirely different screening authority and it will ultimately be at their discretion. It will always vary slightly port to port, within Australia different ports normally have different private security contractors so it will be up to the company that holds the contract for that port or screening lane. ...


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(Not so much worried about the scissors but the ability to have confidence in knowing what can be taken in carry-on bag; you read and follow the rules and then get ripped off at the officers' discretion anyway). Unfortunately this is a basic fact of flying these days. While there are rules and regulations, security officers have wide leeway and discretion. ...


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I have just received a response from the airport which pretty much answers the question: Please note that there are many restrictions on items that can be carried in hand baggage which vary according to the countries of travel. Further to this, a Security officer on duty may confiscate any item, if deemed dangerous, irrespective of any standard rule....


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Individual countries have their own rules, and while some items are unambiguously permitted or forbidden everywhere, quite a few are in a greyish area which varies from country to country (and then there are the items which are in the very grey area where no-one is really sure and it will depend on who you stumble upon). In the case of Dubai, TSA rules ...


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This Passenger Customs Guide https://www.dubaicustoms.gov.ae/en/eServices/ServicesForTravellers/Documents/TravelersGuide09En.pdf states: “... the following items are exempted from customs duties and shall be allowed entry: a. Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3000. b. A total number of 400 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 500 grams of tobacco (minced or ...


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You can buy it, and there is a duty free shop (with alcohol) just before the exit of the airport at baggage claim hall), after immigration, just to confirm that you can buy it. My commentary: I do not think it is the best gift (especially if bought in a duty-free). It is nearly as just giving money. Nothing personalized or something you think. Also it is ...


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Have you committed a crime? Is the "cheque returned police case" a crime? If so, the answer is yes even if minor. If no, and you haven't committed any other crimes, the answer is no. Lying will just make you less trustworthy and open a way to refusal. US immigration authorities can obtain this information, so they will know.


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