United Arab Emirates Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera no
typhus Yes
malaria no
Eat Drink


The medical facilities are very good, at least in the cities. There are also German-speaking doctors there. However, medical care in rural areas cannot be compared to Europe. Treatments are expensive. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and cooled according to the temperatures on the way. For the import of some common medicines or their ingredients, a medical prescription in English is required, which certifies the intended use and the amount required for the duration of the stay. Taking out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance is strongly recommended. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] Only when entering or transiting (with a stay of more than 12 hours) from a yellow fever area designated by the WHO is proof of a yellow fever vaccination for all persons older than nine months.

Food and drink

Due to the risk of possible intestinal infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Tap water is sterile in major cities, but elsewhere it should be filtered or bottled water used. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is often unpasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. To be on the safe side, you should avoid raw salads and mayonnaise, except in international hotels. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be carried out or refreshed before the trip if necessary. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a global problem and a threat to all who take the risk of infection. The United Arab Emirates are only now being delayed and are still being affected to a relatively small extent in terms of numbers. The well-known risks should also be avoided here. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by butterfly gnats, is found nationwide and can be avoided with insect repellent. Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis do occur. In order to protect themselves, children and young people planning a long-term stay in particular should be vaccinated. rabies occurs. Carriers include stray dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health certificate

Foreigners over the age of 18 require a negative HIV test in English to obtain or renew a work or permanent residence permit. If the test is positive, entry or an extension of your stay will be refused. Medical certificates brought with you are generally not accepted. The import of medicines against HIV is prohibited. In the case of pulmonary tuberculosis, whether old or new, the residence permit can be refused.



1 (UAE) dirham = 100 fils. Currency code: Dh, AED (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 Dh. Coins come in denominations of 1 dh, 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils. The 5 and 10 fils coins hardly play a role in cash transactions, as all amounts are rounded up or down to the nearest 25 fils level. The dirham is tied to the US$.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Mastercard are accepted in many hotels, car rental companies, some restaurants and larger shops. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards The Girocard (formerly EC card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. ATMs are very common and can be found in shopping malls and throughout the cities. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Traveller’s checks are accepted at bureaux de change in major cities in the United Arab Emirates.

Bank opening hours

Sat-Wed 08.00-13.00, some banks are also open 16.30-18.30. Banks are open on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Different opening hours during Ramadan.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of foreign and local currency (including precious metals, checks and other funds) must be declared from an equivalent value of AED 60,000.

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged in most hotels, at the UAE Exchange Center but also at private exchange offices. Currency exchange offices can also be found in souks, shopping malls, Deira City Center and airports. you have i Generally open between 8.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 4.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
AED 1 EUR = 3.82
1 CHF = 4.55
1 USD = 3.67

United Arab Emirates Money