Entry Requirements & Travel Visas

Entry requirements are provided for your convenience. However, unless otherwise stated, it is your responsibility to determine the requirements that apply to you and your trip and to comply with them, including obtaining any necessary visas or other travel documents by the required deadlines and carrying them with you. Especially with COVID-19, requirements are subject to change, so check back for the latest before you depart.

Dubai Entry Requirements

Advice from Friendly Planet

For U.S. passport holders traveling on our Dubai packages, we will obtain your free visa for the UAE upon arrival. Travelers with other passports are responsible for arranging their own visas.

Minors (age 17 or younger) traveling to the UAE with parents or guardians of a different surname must present documentation of relationship such as a birth certificate upon entry.

Please see other entry requirements for the UAE.

Dubai-specific COVID-19 Entry Requirements

  • Proof of travel insurance coverage for your visit that includes COVID-19 treatment. The Travel Protection Plan from Travelex that we offer meets this requirement, and if you purchase it, we will supply a letter confirming your coverage with your final documents.
  • printed negative PCR test with a a valid bar code, taken not more than 72 hours prior to your flight to the UAE. Find a laboratory in your area can comply with the requirements for entry to the UAE and schedule a test no more than 72 hours prior to your flight.

General Requirements & Guidelines

Advice from Friendly Planet

  • We require all travelers on our Small Group Tours, Value Vacations, and Independent Packages departing on or after Nov. 1, 2021, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to departure, except travelers who are too young to be vaccinated. For our Biblical Journeys and Custom Group tours, vaccines are strongly encouraged and may be required by the tour leader.
  • In general, you must have a passport to travel abroad, which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible. Passports contain at least 2 blank pages for each country visited. If your passport does not have this many pages, obtain a new passport as soon as possible.
  • if your passport and visa are not in order, airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding, countries may deny entry, and your trip may be disrupted. Travel insurance may not cover such losses.
  • Any changes in names or passport information should be reported to us immediately. Airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding if the name on your passport does not match your tickets.
  • Minors (age 17 or younger) departing and/or returning to the U.S. without parents or with only one parent may be required by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to present a notarized parental consent letter and/or unabridged birth certificate (more information). Many other countries have similar entry requirements, especially for minors traveling with a parent/guardian with a different surname; check with the consulates of all countries you'll be visiting to learn more.
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