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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. U.S. citizens in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the Embassy in Abu Dhabi. U.S. citizens in Dubai and ...


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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, and neither have I ever heard of anybody being asked. The only country in the region that I'm aware of asking for your religion is Saudi Arabia, where you need ...


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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 mainly targeting criminal activities including cyber crimes and VoIP calls. It also acts as a scarecrow for the general public. For normal people who are seeking ...


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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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Laws apply when you touch the ground of a country. The only way to get around that would be to go into a foreign embassy. There is no difference how long you are there or where you stay. On top of that, places that have a very high traffic of foreigners will alert you if possible if you are trying to do something illegal. So if there are two guys in the UAE ...


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So here is my update on my situation. All in all pretty terrible: BA refused to check my bags in all the way to Hyderabad (India). They have a policy of not checking bags on flights other than their own. They would make an exception only for OneWorld partners. Something about how BA was responsible for luggage even if the other airline lost it. The fact ...


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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 format used for machine readable passports you can see that the ISO 3166-1 codes are used both to identify the issuing country as well as the nationality of the ...


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I suggest: Eurostar from London to Paris (2h30) or to Brussels (2h00) Train to Istanbul (47 to 49h) Train to Tehran (66h) Bus to Bandar-e-Abbas Ferry to Dubaï Train may be faster and more comfortable in Europe. Bus may be faster and more comfortable in Middle-East. Information sites are: Train in Europe: Any HAFAS site (I choose multilingual belgian site)...


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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 your question - yes, it IS possible to travel to China with a UAE stamp in your passport.


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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 be written Dh, and Dhs. The United Arab Emirates Dirham is divided into 100 fils. The exchange rate for the United Arab Emirates Dirham was last updated on March ...


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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 publicly intoxicated, you are breaking the law. That's it. So, as long as you can "hold your liquor", you'll be fine. The problem is that "intoxicated" is ...


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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 never enter the country, but are in transit) nevertheless any goods deemed inappropriate will be seized. You do run the risk of having the item confiscated but ...


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I had the same issue in February, 2013. I was flying from Munich to Dubai on Lufthansa and then flying on Emirates from Dubai to Calicut (Kozikode) India, separate bookings as well. When I landed in Dubai, I figured I would just collect my bags and check in. But since I had no visa, I was not allowed to baggage area. I was instructed to go through transfer ...


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The easiest way is indeed a taxi, and yes, that price sounds about right, although it's a regular metered fare so the exact cost will vary. Not every taxi will be willing to up and off to Abu Dhabi on a lark though, but the airport taxi stand can sort one out if you ask, or you can call and book a cab. As for safe, well... most UAE cabbies drive fairly ...


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Dhs is just a common domestic abbreviation for dirhams. AED is the international ISO currency code.


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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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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): Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. You'll need a visa if you wish to leave the terminal building and effectively enter ...


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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 concerned, I can't speak to the grounds, and you can certainly see mosques from the outside around the city.) They operate a tour most days: The Sheikh ...


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No problem -- the United Arab Emirates (and hence Dubai) does not care about Israeli stamps, it's only Israeli passport holders who may have a tough time. Here's the UAE Embassy to the US with a straightforward answer: Q: I am an American traveling to the UAE, will the UAE allow me entry if I have an Israeli stamp in my passport? A: Yes. And a ...


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I would recommend withdrawing AED from an ATM in Dubai. There is likely an ATM in the airport so you can do this as soon as you land. The ATM will charge you a flat fee for withdrawal, while money changers will charge you a percentage of what you convert.


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I found the following on the UAE embassy site in the United Kingdom: Stop at Transit Any person transiting less than 12 hours can stop at the airport until they make their connection, provided they have a visa and confirmed ticket to their next destination. http://www.uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/uk/Content/591 So it seems that as long as: You ...


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I'm actually about to do the same thing when transferring at London Heathrow. My partner and I have booked a holiday in Barcelona through one online booking site and the return trip home from Heathrow from another online booking site. I assumed that we'd just need to come out through customs, collect our bags, then go back through to get our next flight ...


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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 asked me. So getting through immigration won't be a problem. Also, Dubai is filled with non-Muslim workers, mostly Filipinos, Indians, Brits and Americans. The ...


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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 Visa Visa required. Transiting without a visa is possible for: Holders of confirmed onward tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. ...


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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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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 day of entry, and limits how long you can stay. Confusingly, service visas have the same 14-day duration for both (but other types of visas often have ...


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I had a similar issue but in what seemed to be a simpler situation. I had one ticket but with 3 airlines (from the same Star Alliance). I was flying from San Jose via Chicago and Copenhagen to Vilnius. The first leg was Continental, then SAS, then airBaltic. The clerk at Continental stand said he can't check my luggage in through to Vilnius because they had ...


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I entertained the idea to spend some time in Dubai as well, considering I have to change planes there anyway. I talked to a friend last week who lived for several years in Al Ain, a city in the UAE on the Omanian border. It seems the UAE are okay for travelling by yourself, but a city like Al Ain with a population of over 370,000 and a possible gateway ...


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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”. Answer is from Emirates visa & passport, also E-visas is also an option and can obtain before departure from this website. Visa Exemptions: ...


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