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UAE issues travel advisory ahead of Eid, summer holiday

Dubai: Emiratis travelling abroad for Eid Al Fitr or for their summer vacation are advised to follow a set of guidelines to ensure their safety.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has launched a travel safety campaign ahead of the summer holidays, when a number of citizens are expected to travel abroad.

Rashid Ali Al Dhaheri, Director of the Nationals Administration at the MoFAIC, first urged Emiratis to register with the Twajudi service through the ministry’s website, in addition to the emergency health insurance policy Mussafer.

“People who plan to travel to India should consult with relevant travel laws and take note of the currency limit when taking [Rupees] out of the country, and should declare any gold they have as soon as they arrive at an airport in India,” said Al Dhaheri.

He also stressed that travelers should always respect local laws when abroad, and represent their country in an honourable and respectable manner. Al Dhaheri also emphasised that “people should cooperate with local authorities when landing at the airport and disclose any required personal information”.

Passengers arriving at or departing from the European Union or the United States carrying Euro 10,000 (Dh43,427) or more must disclose the amount to customs officers, and stressed that they should avoid travelling to areas with security issues.

“It is important to choose an appropriate and safe accommodation, never leave the doors of the apartment of hotel room open, and to always confirm the identity of strangers before letting them in,” he said, pointing out that children should never be left alone or be allowed to stay out at night.    

Women have also been cautioned against wearing expensive jewellery that might attract attention in public, and to abide by laws that prohibit the wearing of veils, niqabs and burqas in some European countries.

“Please void carrying considerable amounts of money and carry credit cards instead, and remember to always keep your passport in a safe place,” Al Dhaheri added. 

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