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February 2, 2023

Apply Early to Renew Your Passport

The Eid-al-Fitr and summer holidays are just around the corner.  Please check the validity date of your U.S. passport and plan ahead.  Most countries, including the United Arab Emirates, require passports to have at least six months validity when entering the country.  Please be advised that it can take between 3-6 weeks, or longer during periods of peak demand, to obtain a new full-validity passport when applying at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General. 


While the Embassy and Consulate General can provide emergency passports to U.S. citizens with urgent travel needs, UAE does not accept emergency passports for entry.  UAE rules permit emergency passports to be used for transit through and departure from the UAE.  There have been multiple reports of U.S. citizens denied entry into the UAE using  emergency passports.  Neither the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi nor the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai can facilitate entry into the UAE.  We strongly recommend U.S. citizens arrive in the UAE on a full-validity passport that is valid for more than six months beyond the date of entry. 


The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General in Dubai conveniently offer passport renewal services by mail or drop-box for most adults.  Information on passport services, including the requirements for utilizing the mail and drop-box service, is available on the U.S. Embassy website.   


Actions to Take: 


  • Check the validity of your passport. 
  • Renew your passport now if you have less than six months validity. 




U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No.   

+971 2 414 2200 



U.S. Consulate General Dubai Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed and Al Seef Streets   

+971 4 309 4000   


State Department – Consular Affairs 

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

United Arab Emirates Country Specific Information 

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