United Arab Emirates Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import:
1. 400 cigarettes and cigars up to a value of AED 3,000.- and 2 kilograms of tobacco (except snuffing or chewing tobacco);
2. Perfumes or gifts for personal use, up to a value of AED 3,000.-;
3. Alcoholic beverages, in:
a. Abu Dhabi and Fujairah: 4 liters of any kind of alcohol, (non-muslim passengers only);
b. Dubai: 24 cans of beer or 4 liters of any other kind of alcohol;
c. Sharjah: 2 liters of alcohol and one case of beer;
4. Medicines with a doctor's prescription for personal use.
- Prohibited :
1. Electronic cigarettes in checked baggage.
2. All fresh foods such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products, fish, seafood, meat and food stuffs from Japan with validity period of less than 2 weeks. Foodstuffs, other than fresh foods, with validity exceeding 2 weeks is permitted, when accompanied by a Radiation Clearance Certificate issued by the Japanese Health Authorities.
3. Abu Dhabi and Fujairah: Fruits and vegetables from cholera infected areas, cultivated pearls.
4. Dubai and Sharjah: uncooked edible seafood, fruits and vegetables from cholera infected areas.

Import of live and dead birds (and derived products) is prohibited from all Asian countries, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Netherlands, Russian Fed., Syria, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and countries that may be affected by Avian Flu. For more import bans of live birds and poultry products, contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change & Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/ .

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

A permit from local authorities is required for firearms.

Export regulations::

Free export, proof of origin / purchase is required for large amounts of cash, gold and jewellery.

Pets::

Cats, dogs and birds (incl. falcons) can be imported only as manifested cargo through approved ports and must be accompanied by:
1. import permit issued by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (UAE MOCCAE, see link below); and
2. veterinarian good health certificate issued by the competent authorities of the exporting country; and
3. original vaccination card or pet passport which includes microchip ID number, details of the pet and the required vaccinations.
4. original certificate for Rabies Serum Neutralization test (RSNT) conducted within the 90 days prior to travel attesting a minimum titer of 0.5IU/ml or above. This certificate is not required for pets coming from certain countries, see UAE MOCCAE website, link below). Additional restrictions may apply for transportation of certain breeds of cats and dogs.
Service dogs accompanying the passenger are permitted in the cabin or as checked baggage if holding an import permit. Carrier must be notified at least 48 hours prior to travel.
EXPORT: Pets can be exported as checked baggage or manifested cargo if holding official export certificate from UAE MOCCAE.
TRANSIT: Transit Permit is not required if health certificate, export permit from origin and import permit from destination countries is held by the passenger -
Contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate Change and Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/

Import of live and dead birds (and derived products) is prohibited from all Asian countries, Egypt, Germany, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Netherlands, Russian Fed., Syria, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and countries that may be affected by Avian Flu. For more import bans of live birds and poultry products, contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change & Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/ .

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage must be cleared at the first point of entry.

Exempt:
- transiting within 24 hours and not going through customs. Baggage can be stored before customs clearance for max. 24 hours if passenger wants to leave transit area and if the baggage is interlined to the final destination. At Dubai airport baggage can also be stored by the handling agent (DNATA) for more than 24 hours. Fee AED 10.- per piece of baggage.
- Dubai airport also provides a service to passengers continuing their journey within 24 hours and holding separate tickets to final destination. This service provides baggage transfer on passenger's behalf, so passenger does not need to clear passport/customs control. Fee AED 300.- per passenger.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (United Arab Em. Dirham-AED) and foreign currencies: allowed, however, currency exceeding AED 100,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (United Arab Em. Dirham-AED) and foreign currencies: no restrictions.




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