Page update - Sep 17, 2022
Are unmarried young women allowed to enter the UAE?
Yes, usually without problems.
But they may not let you in under certain circumstances. Read this page until the end for details.
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.
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:
|Age under 30
|Age 30 and over
|No return ticket
|There is return ticket
|Ticket printout or electron
|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
|There is insurance
|Printout or electron insurance
|Married certificate or stamp in your passport
|There are kids
|No proof of financial solvency
|Got proof of financial solvency
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".
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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.
It's not even a rumor. It's just that women were once not allowed into the UAE alone.
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".
- 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).
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