Does the UAE embassy in Sweden issue visas?

No, the embassy does not issue any type of visas in the present time!

I am a Swedish citizen travelling to the UAE on holiday. Do I need a visa?

No, you don’t need a visa!

I am a Swedish citizen travelling to the UAE on a business trip. Do I need a visa?

No, you don’t need a visa!

I am not a Swedish citizen but I live in Sweden. Do I need a visa to travel to the UAE?

Maybe! It depends on your nationality. Please see the Visa section on this website.

I have a Swedish travel document, can I travel to the UAE?

No! You can’t travel to the UAE with your travel document.

I want to study in the UAE, how can I get a student visa?

The University or the School should apply for the student a Residence Permit by the Competent Authorities.

Can I enter the UAE with my stepchildren without their biological parent?

Yes, with written approval of parental responsibility.

Can I enter the UAE with my grandchildren?

Yes, with written approval from a parent or guardian.

I want to work in the UAE; how can I obtain a work permit?

You will need to be sponsored by an employer or you set up your own company/corporate.

What is the minimum validity period that I need to have in my passport?

Six (6) months, beyond the end of your intended stay. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least three months in order to travel in and out of the country.

Are there any restrictions on single women travelling to the UAE?


Is it safe for a single woman to travel to the UAE?

Yes. The UAE is one of the safest countries in the world.

I have a Swedish driving permit; can I drive in the UAE?

It’s recommended to get an international driving permit to drive in the UAE.

Is healthcare free for foreigners in the UAE?

No. If you require medical treatment you or your travel insurance company will need to cover the costs.

What medication is allowed to bring into the UAE?

Some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the Sweden are controlled substances in the UAE. Such medication is not allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health. Check the list of prohibited medication via:


What is the most appropriate dress code in public for the UAE?

A modest dress code should be followed in public places.

I am a Non-Muslim and visiting the UAE during the month of Ramadan; is it ok for me to eat and drink in public places?

During Ramadan all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating, drinking and smoking in public areas during daylight hours should be avoided. However, hotels provide meals at restaurants that are not exposed to the public view in the fasting hours.