Taking care of paperwork is an unavoidable part of relocating to the UAE, whether you’re moving to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or one of the five other emirates. We’ve gathered information on everything from getting a visa to your Emirates ID card, as well as advice on the UAE’s strict customs regulations.
If you want to visit the emirate you’ll be moving to before your actual relocation, you first need to check if you require a visa to enter the UAE. Citizens of many countries can get a short-term visa on arrival directly at the airport, which requires no previous planning or paperwork on your part. If you are not a citizen of one of these countries, you must apply for a visa before departure and will need someone, such as your future employer, to sponsor your visa application. Multiple-entry visas are available for people doing business with companies in the UAE. Special regulations apply for citizens of the USA and Germany.