United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Have a safe trip to United Arab Emirates with travel vaccines and advice from medical professionals.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Travel Vaccine,
Health and Safety Advice 🇦🇪

Step into a world of luxury and grandeur in the United Arab Emirates. From soaring skyscrapers to tranquil oases, this destination offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity.

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates, each with its own unique character and attractions. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood, making it easy for travelers to communicate.

The Palm Jumeirah, a mesmerizing artificial island nestled in the waters of Dubai, is a testament to human ingenuity. Its sprawling palm tree-shaped design, complete with intricate fronds and a crescent, stretches out into the Arabian Gulf, creating a sight so remarkable that it can be seen from outer space.

At the traditional souks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, visitors can enjoy a unique shopping experience. From gold and spices to textiles and handicrafts, visitors are guaranteed to find treasures to take home.

The United Arab Emirates lies in the heart of the Middle East and is a land of captivating contrasts. Prepare to be dazzled by glittering cityscapes and enchanted by ancient desert landscapes.

Travel Immunizations for UAE - United Arab Emirates

What vaccinations do I need for United Arab Emirates? Get all the information and vaccine injections you need to minimize travel health risks in United Arab Emirates.

Hepatitis A virus can cause liver disease, and in rare cases, liver failure and death.

  • Can be spread by fecal-oral transmission, consuming contaminated food or water, or close, personal contact with an infected person.
  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe, including fatigue, jaundice, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and joint pain.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that targets the liver and may cause chronic infections. 

  • Its primary mode of transmission is through direct blood-to-blood contact with an infected person. It can also be transmitted through unprotected sex or sharing needles.
  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe, including fatigue, jaundice, and abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting and joint pain.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

  • Spreads through respiratory droplets and direct contact with infected individuals.
  • Symptoms initially resemble a common cold, followed by a characteristic rash fever, cough, runny nose, small, white spots inside the mouth and throat red eyes, sleepiness, and irritability.

Rabies is a viral infection transmitted through animal bites.  

  • Symptoms may initially include fever, headache, and discomfort at the bite site, progressing to more severe neurological symptoms. Rabies is fatal if it is not treated before symptoms develop.
  • Rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.

Typhoid is a bacterial infection typically transmitted through contaminated food and water.  

  • Typhoid vaccine is available in both injectable and oral forms and provides protection against typhoid fever.    
  • Symptoms of typhoid fever include a high fever, headache, weakness, fatigue, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite, and a rose-colored rash on the chest and abdomen. 

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

Health Canada strongly advises travelers ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date, including:

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Guards against the varicella-zoster virus, responsible for chickenpox.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP)

Protects against three different bacterial infections.

Flu (Influenza)

Vaccination against seasonal influenza strains is essential.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Provides immunity against all three diseases in one shot.


Essential for guarding against the poliovirus.


Offers protection against a viral infection that causes painful rashes.


The ongoing pandemic necessitates adherence to vaccination guidelines and preventive measures.

Health Problems in United Arab Emirates / Health Canada Recommendations

Most common illness for travelers, from consuming contaminated food & water

  • Affects up to 70% of travelers and risks minimized with good hygiene and safe food/drink choices (eg. avoid raw foods, ice in drinks).
  • Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, bloating.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) 

  • Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people also get diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Severe complications include pneumonia and kidney failure.
  • Exact cause of transmission is unknown but thought to be through indirect and direct contact with infected dromedary camels. It is also thought to be transmitted through close contact with an infected person.

Insect Bite Prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. Cover up and use insect repellents to protect against infection.     

  • Dengue: Symptoms include high-grade fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, rash, and nausea/vomiting.
  • Chikungunya: Symptoms include joint pains, fever, rash, and headache.

Over the Counter Medications for Travel to United Arab Emirates

Pain Relief

Medications such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil) can be helpful for managing headaches, muscle pain, or fever. 

Anti-Diarrheal Medications

It’s advisable to carry over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications like loperamide (e.g., Imodium) to treat mild cases of traveler’s diarrhea. However, it’s important to stay hydrated and seek medical attention if diarrhea persists or worsens. 


Antacids like Tums or Pepto-Bismol can provide relief from indigestion or heartburn, which can sometimes occur when trying new foods or experiencing changes in diet during travel. 

Allergy Medications

If you have known allergies, carrying antihistamines like cetirizine(e.g., Reactine) or diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl) can help manage allergic reactions to environmental allergens or insect bites. 

Motion Sickness Medications

If you are prone to motion sickness, consider carrying medication like dimenhydrinate (e.g., Gravol) to alleviate symptoms during long journeys or when traveling by car, train, or boat.

Sun Protection

It is essential to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing. 

How Good is Healthcare in United Arab Emirates? Medical Services and Facilities in United Arab Emirates

  • Good health care is available throughout the emirates. However, it may vary significantly from facility to facility, particularly outside of large cities.
  • Private clinics and hospitals are well equipped. Services may be expensive, but they usually have sufficient qualified medical personnel speaking English well.
  • Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Consulate Assistance in United Arab Emirates

Street Address: Abu Dhabi Trade Towers (Abu Dhabi Mall), West Tower, 9th Floor, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Telephone: 971 (2) 694-0300

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.Canada.ca/Canada-And-United-Arab-Emirates

Street Address: 19th Floor, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Telephone: +971 (4) 404-8444

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.Canada.ca/Canada-And-United-Arab-Emirates

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

In case of emergency, dial:
  • 999 for Police
  • 997 for Fire department (civil defence)
  • 998 for Medical Assistance

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