Check if you have a travel ban
Dubai Police has an online free-of-charge service, that enables residents in the UAE to check if they have a travel ban due to financial cases in the emirate of Dubai only. To use the service you need to enter your Emirates ID card number.
To avail the service visit the Dubai Police website or download the Dubai Police app available on iTunes and Google Play. For further enquiries, call Dubai Police on 901.
The Judicial Department in Abu Dhabi has an online service called 'Estafser', which enables the residents of Abu Dhabi to check whether they are requested by the Public Prosecution for any claims against them. To use the service, requester must enter his/her unified number.
Before planning your travel, it is also advisable to check and/or solve any issues that might stop you at the airport immigration counters. If necessary, you may seek the assistance of a lawyer, or contact the nearest immigration/police office in your area for an advice.
Check the validity and type of passport
Check that your passport is valid and is machine-readable or is an ePassport as some countries call it. Many countries do not accept travellers that do not have a machine-readable passport or ePassport.
UAE nationals can check the validity of their passports through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in the respective emirate. Meanwhile, expatriate residents in UAE may contact their embassies and consulates in the UAE for passport’s validity, issuance and renewal.
Travellers can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, or through call centre on (80044444) for any enquiries related to travelling abroad.
Check travel advisories
Volatile socio-political situations around the world have made leisure travel difficult to certain countries. Refer to travel warnings published on the website of the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to check which the list of countries to where it is not safe to travel.
Learn about local laws
Learn about the laws and the customs of the destination country before you travel. Remember that ignorance of the law is not an excuse and that you would be liable to legal action if you commit an offence.
Burqa, hijab, niqab and other kinds of veils, gears, outfits which could be attributed to religious or cultural beliefs, values or customs are banned in varying degrees in many countries.
Countries that ban veils are France, Belgium and The Netherlands. It is also banned in Thiessen Canton of Switzerland, Barcelona in Spain, the Hesse State in Germany and several Italian cities. The Danish courts also banned the veil. People violating the laws would be subjected to fine.
Updated on 20 Dec 2020