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Can the US embassy help a broke American citizen overstayed in the Emirates?

U.S. Embassy & Consulate in the United Arab Emirates Emergency Financial Assistance U.S. consuls can assist U.S. citizens abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances. ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

The United Arab Emirates (Dubai) does not care about your religion: it's not even asked on your landing card, because there isn't one! I've visited/passed through a dozen times and never been asked, ...
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UAE now banning VPN access - fines of up to $545,000? Any workarounds?

tl;dr If you are using VPN for anything other than committing a crime, then there's no problem as per the law. Long answer with personal opinions This law which was announced January, 2016 is ...
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Can the US embassy help a broke American citizen overstayed in the Emirates?

Contact the US embassy. Here is a list of what they will do. They will give you a loan to travel home if there is no other source of money, and they will insist of getting repaid.
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Can I play erotic video games (digital version) in the UAE?

The games and films you intend to bring are almost certainly illegal to import or possess in the UAE. Is it unlikely that you will be caught? Yes. Is there "any possibility" that you get ...
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Is the country code for "U.A.E." in a passport "ARE"?

ARE is indeed the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code for United Arab Emirates. These are the codes used for machine readable passports as defined by ICAO. Looking at the wikipedia page showing the ...
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Is it possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in passport?

I've been to China with a UAE stamp in the same passport. No problem was raised. I don't particularly see why there would be a problem? China and the UAE have pretty good relations. So in answer to ...
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In what currency does Emirates charge additional fees?

According to coinmill.com, it's just another symbol for United Arab Emirates Dirham: The United Arab Emirates Dirham is the currency in United Arab Emirates (AE, ARE, UAE). The symbol for AED can ...
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Can I take prescribed psychotropic Controlled drugs to UAE?

Per the Ministry of Health, if you are a resident of the UAE (which you will be since you're working there), you must have a Permit to Import Medicines for Personal Use to import any controlled drugs. ...
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As a Muslim transiting Abu Dhabi on Etihad can I drink alcohol?

As far as UAE is concerned, there is only one issue at hand - since you are not going to consume alcohol inside the UAE but on-board the aircraft; where they do not check your religion. If you appear ...
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Can I take a sex-toy on plane through UAE?

Upon landing at Abu Dhabi; you and your luggage will be subject to an x-ray scan. At this point, any suspicious items will be confiscated. Although you are not importing items into the UAE (as you ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a layover in the United Arab Emirates?

Staying Airside? Don't Need a Transit Visa You don't need a transit visa for UAE, as long as you stay inside the terminal building airside, and for up to 24 hours: TWOV (Transit Without Visa): ...
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In what currency does Emirates charge additional fees?

Dhs is just a common domestic abbreviation for dirhams. AED is the international ISO currency code.
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UAE visa "place of issue" concerns

There is no concern about place of issue for your visa. UAE will be completely uninterested in that. (How would they know you've never been to Mumbai, anyway?).
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Can Mosques in the UAE be Visited by Non-Muslims?

According to the Dubai authorities, the Jumeirah Mosque is "the only mosque in Dubai which is open to the public and dedicated to receiving non-Muslim guests." (At least insofar as going inside is ...
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Can I get a Mexican tourist visa in the UAE as a foreigner?

No you cannot. Most countries expect applicants to apply in countries in which they are nationals or long term residents. Embassy of Mexico in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Welcome to the ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

When I visited Dubai a couple years ago, they never asked about my religious views at all. It's not on any form they give you, it's not on my passport and travel documents, and they never verbally ...
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How can I connect in Dubai if the UAE won't let me transit because of my nationality?

According to a Timatic search using the United Airlines interface, you can transit without a visa. Searching for a Afghan national transiting in the Emirates yields: United Arab Emirates - Transit ...
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Can I get a Mexican tourist visa in the UAE as a foreigner?

No, you cannot. From the Mexican embassy in UAE's web page: The applicant has to be resident in the United Arab Emirates Visiting UAE for tourism would not fulfill the residence requirement.
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Does a 14 day visa for Dubai start on date of issue or date of arrival?

From what I understand, there are two different limits: the duration of validity, which starts on the day of issue, and limits when you can enter the country the duration of stay, which starts on the ...
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Visa on arrival in UAE for Chinese

No, Chinese ordinary passport holders are not eligible for Visa On Arrival (VOA) at UAE airports,a visa is required unless passport issued by China (People’s Republic) “Passport For Public Affairs”...
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UAE visa "place of issue" concerns

While you never went to Mumbai, the agent who issued your visa never left Mumbai (at least not for issuing your visa). In times of telecommunications, it is perfectly possible for the issuing to take ...
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What's the easiest (and ideally safest) way to get from Dubai to Abu Dhabi?

Taxis are that cheap in Dubai, and in general the public transport system is one of the best in the middle east. Your options for Dubai - Abu Dhabi: Public Transport (routes, timetables, etc. ...
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Do all of the Emirates in the UAE have the same visa policy for Indian citizens, or does it vary?

Emirati immigrations is a federal agency, hence visa rules are the same for all Emirates. The visas are issued for all the country under the name of UAE and not for a single Emirate or under its name.
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Dubai (UAE) flights connection without leaving the airport

After some investigation I got the answers. UAE allows transit without visa when the time between connecting flights is less than 24 hours. You can not receive and check-in your luggage yourself in ...
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Does Indian with ECR passport and Dubai employment visa need clearance?

Yes, by law, you do: Bureau of Immigration India ENCR/ECR As per the Emigration Act, 1983, Emigration Check Required (ECR) categories of Indian passport holders, require to obtain "Emigration ...
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Can I drive a car in the UAE with an IDP issued in India?

Can I use an International Driving Permit issued in India to drive in the UAE? As an Indian national you can drive in UAE with International drivers licence or UAE licence. From the official UAE ...
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Is Emirates' 96-hour visa 4 calendar days or exactly 96 hours from entry to exit?

Having now been through this I can give the following answer to my own question. The visa is to the hour. Having booked through Emirates we used their service to apply for the visa (I think it is ...
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Food souvenir purchasable in dubai

I found the Deira Spice Souk very interesting. It's an easy metro ride from the airport. I considered picking up some gifts there for family, but ended up not doing so. If you have cooks in your ...
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Why does the airport insist that I show up hours before take-off

There are many airports in UAE But taking Emirates as an example, the rules are: Check-in opens 3 hours before the flight and closes 90 minutes before You should go through security no later than 60 ...
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