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United Arab Emirates Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs

Import regulations:

Free import:
1. If being 18 years or older: 400 cigarettes up to a value of AED 2,000.- 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. If being 18 years or older: alcoholic beverages for non-muslim passengers only), in:
a. Abu Dhabi: 4 liters of any kind of alcohol or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent);
b. Dubai: 4 liters of any kind of alcohol or 24 cans of beer;
c. Fujairah: 4 liters of any kind of alcohol;
d. Sharjah: 4 liters of wine or spirits or 48 cans of beer;
4. Medicines with a doctor's prescription for personal use with a max. of three months' consumption.
If traveling with narcotics, controlled and semi-controlled medication a pre-approval from the Ministry of Health (MOH) must be obtained prior to arrival. For further details see www.mohap.gov.ae/en/services/Pages/361.aspx
- 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. All animal food that is not included in the food chain from China (People's Rep.) due to an infection with the Hantavirus, until the health situation stabilizes.
4. Abu Dhabi and Fujairah: Fruits and vegetables from cholera infected areas, cultivated pearls.
5. Dubai and Sharjah: uncooked edible seafood, fruits and vegetables from cholera infected areas.
For detailed information contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change & Environment at www.moccae.gov.ae/ .

To prevent the risk of Avian Influenza entering the country, the import of live and dead birds (and derived products) is prohibited from all Asian countries, Albania, Belgium, Czechia, Egypt, Estonia, France, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Syria, Tunisia, and all other countries that may be affected by Avian Influenza.
Exceptions apply for falcons imported from the following countries:
For falcons imported from Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Poland, Romania or the United Kingdom, the following conditions should be applied:
Before arrival: in the exporting country the falcons should be isolated for 21 days prior to export and mentioned that clearly in an annex of veterinary health certificate.
On arrival: the falcons will be physically examined to ensure they are free from any symptoms or diseases. An additional lab test will be conducted for Avian Influenza using PCR. For more information, contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change and Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/ .

For additional measures and information regarding admittance or import bans of live birds and poultry products from any country, also contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change and Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/ .

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

A permit from the Ministry of Interior is required for firearms and ammunition.

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. No more than 2 cats or 2 dogs or combination per year are allowed, with the exception of residence animals.
Passengers traveling on Emirates are allowed to import falcons at Dubai Int'l Airport (DXB) as checked baggage (AVIH);
The minimum age for cats and dogs arriving from low risk countries must be 12 weeks. If arriving from high risk countries it must be 15 weeks.
- 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. authorized 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 and parasites treatment during the 14 days prior to shipment. The vaccination should be done if the pet is older than 12 weeks of age;
4. original certificate, from a laboratory accredited by the competent authorities in the country of export, for Rabies Serum Neutralization test (RSNT) conducted within the 90 days prior to travel attesting a minimum titer of 0.5IU/ml or above.
If pets are vaccinated for the first time, a period not less than 21 days must pass from the vaccination.
If pets have a valid booster vaccination, the test can be done directly.
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.
For further details please refer to U.A.E Ministry of Climate Change and Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/ and search for ''import and export of pets''.

To prevent the risk of Avian Influenza entering the country, the import of live and dead birds (and derived products) is prohibited from all Asian countries, Albania, Belgium, Czechia, Egypt, Estonia, France, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Poland, Romania, Russian Fed., Syria, Tunisia, and all other countries that may be affected by Avian Influenza.
Exceptions apply for falcons imported from the following countries:
For falcons imported from Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Poland, Romania or the United Kingdom, the following conditions should be applied:
Before arrival: in the exporting country the falcons should be isolated for 21 days prior to export and mentioned that clearly in an annex of veterinary health certificate.
On arrival: the falcons will be physically examined to ensure they are free from any symptoms or diseases. An additional lab test will be conducted for Avian Influenza using PCR. For more information, contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change and Environment at http://www.moccae.gov.ae/ .

For additional measures and information regarding admittance or import bans of live birds and poultry products from any country, also contact U.A.E Ministry of Climate change and 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.
- Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) with separate tickets and checked in baggage do not have to clear immigrations and customs if they use the baggage transfer service offered by the airport. Fees apply.


Currency

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: allowed, however, currency exceeding AED 100,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared on departure.


Airport Tax

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

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