United Arab Emirates (UAE) Customs allowances

Personal allowances

  • Gifts not exceeding AED 3,000.
  • Cash above AED 100,000 must be declared.
  • Maximum of 400 cigarettes or the equivalent of 2,000 dirhams, 50 cigars, 500 grams of tobacco. Cigar equivalent to AED 3,000
  • Maximum of 4 litres alcohol, 48 cans of beer.
  • Medication: A maximum three-months supply of medication for your personal use. Please include an original prescription from a registered medical practitioner. All medications should be in original packaging, and not expired. No psychotropic medicines are allowed (even for personal use, in small quantity and/or with prescription) without prior approval from the Ministry of Health.

Items you cannot bring into the UAE

  • All narcotic drugs.
  • Gambling tools, machines.
  • Ivory and rhinoceros horn.
  • Trammel (fishing net with three layers).
  • Forged or duplicate currency.
  • Any printed material that contradicts Islamic teachings and/or decency, or that deliberately implies immorality or turmoil.
  • Cooked and homemade foods.
  • Radios, self-defence equipment, sharp-edged knives and swords.
  • Weapons, ammunition and military equipment.
  • Fireworks and explosives.
  • Trees, plants and soil.

Requirements are subject to change. Please consult UAE Customs for additional details on entry requirements.

UAE Customs contact phone number, Email:

Email: FCA@fca.gov.ae
Phone: +971 (2) 6979700, +971 (4) 3119900

UAE Customs service fees

Custom Service Type Duty in AED
Issuing customs card for means of transport and machinery 30
Customs card amendment request by the client for every mistake 10
Duplicate of any customs issued document 100
Re-export declaration 100
Exempted goods import   declaration (non-dutiable) over land and sea 80
Unexempted goods import declaration (dutiable) 70
Export and temporary export declaration 100
Transit declaration 50
Statistical declaration 50
Loaded Dhow manifest 20
Importer/exporter code (companies) 100
Importer code renew of charges 25
HS code 25
Reissue of outbounding unloaded Dhow manifest 25
Couriers exempted cargoes import declaration 50
Couriers dutiable cargoes import declaration 40
Exempted air cargoes import declaration 30
Postal import/export declaration 30
Customs exit/entry certificate 20
Customs exit/entry certificate issuance 10
New company/issue of trade license for clearing, shipping and forwarding companies 700
License renewal 700
Opening new branch 700
Addition of new partner 250
Addition of new activity 250
Issue of broker annual card 150
Renewal of customs representative card per month – 50 (delay fine) 50
Industrial products exemption charges 100
Duplicate certificate 20
Goods reconciliation upon client request written (inside customs zone) 150
Customs seal charges 20
Borders post clearing service charges (land) (non-preferential road charges) 150
Deposit refund charges 50
Original documents shortage deposit charges 1000
Letter permitting Dhow entering other seaports in the country 50
Returned cheque fine 500
Cancellation of customs declaration charges 25


Customs duties equal 5% of the value of the goods + insurance from the port of shipment to the port of discharge (CIF).
Goods of a special nature (alcoholic beverages 50% – cigarettes 100%)

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