Visa and other formalities for your stay in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

The formalities of travelling to Dubai and the Emirates are relatively simple for French nationals. It is not necessary to apply for a tourist visa for Dubai as a simple stamp will be placed in your passport upon arrival. No formalities are required and it’s free!

However, you must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival in the UAE.

The formalities for Dubai and the Emirates are the same for our French-speaking friends in Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.

Before departure, it is preferable to ensure that the existing rules for entry into the Emirates have not changed. We advise you to scan or photocopy all your important documents (passport, credit card, insurance, airline tickets, etc.) and keep them separate from the originals.


What is the time difference between France and the Emirates? The time difference between the Emirates and France is 2 hours in the summertime and 3 hours in the wintertime.
Send mail from the Emirates to Europe On average, it takes six to ten days for your postcards to arrive at their destination.
Using your phone in Dubai and the Emirates If you wish to use your phone during your stopover in Dubai, we advise you buy a local SIM card upon arrival at the airport. The two main telephone operators are Etisalat and Du. However, we recommend that you use your hotel's WiFi to contact your family and friends.
WiFi and internet in Dubai and the Emirates WiFi is very popular in Dubai and you will have no problem gaining free access in shopping malls or restaurants, as well as in your hotel.
Power sockets and adapters in Dubai and the Emirates The wall sockets are English in Dubai and the Emirates. We, therefore, recommend that you take an adapter with you. The voltage and frequency are the same as in France (220-240 V / 50 Hz alternating current).

Currency and exchange rates in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

The local currency is the Dirham of the United Arab Emirates (AED). You can find the current exchange rate in euros (EUR) on this site.

Vaccines in Dubai and the Emirates

No vaccination is required for your trip to the Emirates but it is recommended you be up-to-date with your DTP (diphtheria – tetanus – poliomyelitis) as well as MMR (rubella – mumps – measles) for children.

However, for travelers from a country where yellow fever is endemic, the Emirates authorities may require this vaccine.