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    United Arab Emirates

    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
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      • Region
      • Capital
        Abu Dhabi
      • Population
      • Currency
        UAE dirham (AED)
      • Languages
    • Flag

      Flag of the United Arab Emirates
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (United Arab Emirates). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    Moderate prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    A screening test is required when applying for a work and residence permit. A HIV test must be performed in the Emirates and applications from HIV carriers will be denied. HIV-positive people may be expelled.
    Typhoid fever
    There is a risk of transmission in some areas of this country. Vaccination is recommended for certain travellers only.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups and adventure travellers.

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in United Arab Emirates, contact:

    United Arab Emirates - ABU DHABI
    Embassy of Canada
    Address: Abu Dhabi Trade Towers (Abu Dhabi Mall), West Tower, 9th Floor, United Arab Emirates
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 6970, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Tel.: 971 (2) 694-0300
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 800-014-0145
    Fax: 971 (2) 694-0399

    United Arab Emirates - DUBAI
    Consulate of Canada
    Address: Bank Street Building, Suite 701, Khalid bin Al Waleed Street, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 52472, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Tel.: 971 (4) 314-5555
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 800-014-0145
    Fax: 971 (4) 314-5556/5557

    While in United Arab Emirates, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 800-141.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!