Are unmarried women allowed to enter the UAE?

Page update - Sep 17, 2022

The Question:

Are unmarried young women allowed to enter the UAE?

The Answer:

Yes, usually without problems.

But they may not let you in under certain circumstances. Read this page until the end for details.

In what cases can they not let you in?

The UAE migration service has the right to refuse a visa on arrival or entry to anyone and without explanation. Such rules apply in all countries where you can get a visa on arrival. This is absolutely normal.

Naturally, cases of refusal of entry are rare, better to say they are solitary.

In practice, migration officials refuse only if there are serious reasons to suspect that a person is trying to enter the UAE on a tourist visa, not for vacation, but for the purpose of illegal labor activities.

And of course, single young women are the first to fall under suspicion. After all, 90% of the population of the Arab Emirates are guest workers from Pakistan, Iran, Malaysia and India. And they are mostly males. There are 2.6 times more males than females in the UAE, and most males are aged 20-40. We talked about all this in detail in the review "Population of the UAE".

Now think about which establishments are in huge demand in this situation? What female profession is ultra-demanding? That is the profession that the authorities of the United Arab Emirates are trying to fight against. That's why single women are under suspicion.

Risk factors

There will definitely be no problems if you have with you:

- A return airline ticket;

- A proof of your hotel reservation, and not the cheapest;

- Travel medical insurance.

With this set you will definitely not fall under suspicion. Another risk factor is your age. Women after 30 are not so suspicious for the immigration service. If you want to get more guarantees, you can take your marriage certificate (if married) and birth certificates of children (if you have children).

If you fly on a package tour, you are guaranteed to have everything you need on hand.

If you fly on your own, see below a table of risk and approval factors:

Risk Factor Approval Factor Document Evidence
Age under 30 Age 30 and over
No return ticket There is return ticket Ticket printout or electron
Low-cost airline Expensive airline e.g. Emirates or Etihad Ticket printout or electron
No hotel or cheap hotel booked Mid-range or better hotel booked Proof of booking
No insurance There is insurance Printout or electron insurance
Single Married Married certificate or stamp in your passport
No kids There are kids Birth certificate(s)
No proof of financial solvency Got proof of financial solvency Bank statement

And the main factor is your psycho-emotional state and manner of communication.

If you behave calmly and confidently, if you surely speak and answer questions of the migration control officers, then the chances of passing the control increase dramatically.

If you are nervous, can't say anything clearly, and even more so if you behave aggressively, then the chances of passing the check are sharply reduced.

And the chances fall sharply if you smell of alcohol. In general, to be in a state of intoxication at UAE airports is illegal, even if you just fly in transit. And to cross the border even more so. We wrote about this in detail in the review "Alcohol in the UAE".

Find your flight

If you will be denied entry, will you get your money back?

No, no one will refund any money. The authorities of the country have the right to refuse anyone and do not owe anyone anything. It is almost unreal to get money from the insurance. This situation is not an insurance case.

Don't forget that you'll have to return home somehow, and you'll have to buy a new ticket for that.

Where did the rumor come from?

It's not even a rumor. It's just that women were once not allowed into the UAE alone.

Since the founding of the UAE state in 1971, the country has been ruled by the permanent President and Emir of Abu Dhabi, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Zayed was a very religious man, even now the Quran is constantly recited over his grave in the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. During his reign, there were many restrictions: women were not allowed into the country alone, there was a strict dress code, and even husband and wife were not allowed to stay in the same hotel room if they had different family names.

Sheikh Zayed died in 2004, his eldest son Sheikh Khalifa ascended the throne, and the country began to liberalize. Many restrictions were abolished, almost all entry restrictions were lifted, and a system of cash deposit (sponsorship) was introduced.

In 2014, Sheikh Khalifa had a stroke, and in fact his brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed, became the ruler. A new round of liberalization is believed to have begun, though not as strong.

In may 2022 Sheikh Khalifa died, and Sheikh Mohammed became a new fill-power president. Now maybe we will see the new liberalization wave. Read about all the rulers of the seven emirates in our review "Who's who in the UAE leadership".

What else you need to know

- Entering with children has its own features, we talked about this in detail in the review "Traveling to the UAE with children";

- About the rules and laws for tourists read our review "What tourists can't do in the UAE".

We wish you to always pass the migration control successfully and without delays, and read our interesting pages about the United Arab Emirates (see the list of the pages below).


Tips for Tourists in the UAE


What to Take for the UAE

What You Should Not Do in the UAE

To the UAE with Kids

Sharks in the UAE

Weather in the UAE by Month

Holidays in the UAE

Are Unmarried Young Women
Allowed to Enter the UAE?

All-Inclusive in the UAE

Power Sockets & Voltage in the UAE

Hotels in the UAE with Own Beach


The UAE - Info, Facts, Figures

What Language is Spoken in the UAE

Population and Citizens of the UAE

History of the UAE

Flag of the UAE

Friday and Weekend in the UAE

Ramadan in the UAE

Sheikh Zayed - Father of Nation

Sheikhs of the UAE


What to Bring from the UAE

What You Can and Not Bring In the UAE

What You Can and Not Take Out the UAE

VAT Refund in the UAE

Shopping in the UAE - Why is Cheap

Date Fruits in the UAE

Camel Milk and Dairy Products

Bakhoor and Oud


Money in the UAE - Emirati Dirham

Currency Exchange in the UAE

How Much Money to Take to the UAE

Food Prices in the UAE

Tourist Taxes in the UAE

Alcohol in the UAE

Cigarettes and Smoking in the UAE

Vape and iQos in the UAE


Dubai Metro - Fares and Map

Taxi in the UAE - Fares and Guide

NOL Transport Card Dubai

Dubai Tram

Dubai Monorail

Buses in the UAE


From Dubai Airport (DXB) to City

From Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) to City

From Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to City

From Sharjah Airport (SHJ) to City


From Dubai to Abu-Dhabi

Free Buses Dubai - Abu-Dhabi

From Sharjah to Dubai

From Ras Al-Khaimah to Dubai

From Ajman to Dubai

From Fujairah to Dubai

From Umm Al-Quwain to Dubai


Internet in the UAE

Cheap Calls from the UAE

Free SIM-card in Dubai

UAE Phone Codes




Bur Dubai

Dubai Marina



TOP Attractions in Dubai

Beaches in Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

Yas Island

Beaches in Abu Dhabi


Beaches in Sharjah


Ras Al Khaimah

Umm Al Quwain



Best Attractions in the UAE

Free Attractions in the UAE


Burj Khalifa

Dubai Fountain

Excursions in Dubai

How to Save on Entertainment in Dubai


The Best in Dubai Mall

Dubai Aquarium

Candylicious in Dubai Mall

Waterfall in Dubai Mall


Gold Market in Dubai

Al Mamzar Beach and Park

Deira Clock Tower

City Centre Deira Mall


Burj Al Arab

Wild Wadi Water Park

Jumeirah Mosque

Dubai Marina Mall

Madinat Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach



The Lost Chambers

Dolphin Bay

Palm Fountains

The View at the Palm






Ain Dubai

Madame Tussauds


The Dubai Frame

Dubai Dolphinarium

Al Fahidi Fort Museum

Museum of the Future


Global Village

Miracle Garden

Butterfly Garden

IMG Worlds of Adventure


Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Observation Deck at 300

Sheikh Zayed Memorial

Heritage Village

Corniche Waterfront

Sir Bani Yas


Ferrari World

Formula Rossa

Galleria Ferrari

Warner Bros Park

Yas WaterWorld

Yas Marina & Formula 1

Yas Mall


Sharjah Fountains

Sharjah Aquarium

Museum of Islamic Civilization

Al Noor Mosque

Mega Mall


Ajman Fish Market

Ajman Fort and Museum

City Centre Ajman Mall


DreamLand Water Park


Emirati Cuisine - What to Taste © 2020-2024