The flag of The United Arab Emirates

Moving to The United Arab Emirates

Les Émirats Arabes Unis / Los Emiratos Arabes Unidos / Os Emirados Árabes Unidos / Die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate / Förenade Arabemiraten

Want to move to Dubai? Considering moving to Abu Dhabi? Or thinking about an international removal to Sharjah. Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to The United Arab Emirates…


Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To The United Arab Emirates

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to The United Arab Emirates:

  • Copy of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Copy of Residence Visa on passport
  • Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air / Waybill (AWB) - We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to the UAE for you.
  • Detailed Removal packing list - We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card or passport (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any exemption (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to The United Arab Emirates. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at The Emirati Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • Import shipments may be intensively inspected by Customs authorities.
  • The importation of household goods and personal effects into the UAE is exempted from Customs duties.
  • If any prohibited items are found during the Customs inspection, severe punishment will be imposed including fines, imprisonment or both.
  • Import of all new goods etc. is subject to the payment of Customs duties at 5% of CIF value
  • All import duties are charged based on the costs, insurance and freight (CIF) value of the shipment.

Helpful Downloads

Click on the links below to download useful documents:

  • My Move Checklist

    To help you keep on track with your international removal.

  • Removal Inventory / Packing List

    For use if you need to provide a removal packing list or moving inventory yourself for your international removal service.

  • Removal Survey Cubic Calculator

    For use if you need to find out the volume of your move before making an enquiry. Remember when doing an international move, to allow a little more space for loading volume.

  • Removal Survey Information Form

    For use for you to better describe the requirements of your move. This outlines all the things that a professional international removal company would need to know to physically move your goods.

  • International Removal Insurance Form

    If you're taking out insurance with us, download this form, complete it and email it back to your international relocation manager.

Popular Destinations in The United Arab Emirates

Pearson is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in The United Arab Emirates:

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman


Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 (0)1827 873 773, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.


Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to The United Arab Emirates, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with FC Exchange who specialise in doing just this. FC Exchange will offer all Pearson customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, or click here to find out more...


Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to The United Arab Emirates, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.


Moving Your Car or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to The United Arab Emirates:

  • Vehicle Import Approval (VIA)
  • Registration papers from country of origin
  • Purchase receipt

Additional Import Advice

  • Copy of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Copy of UAE residence Visa
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • BL / AWB
  • Vehicle Certificate of Title (must include detailed description, including engine number, year of production, colour, etc.)
  • Proof of ownership
  • Original Certificate of Origin
  • Commercial Invoice / Original Purchase Invoice

Relocating Your Pets

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to The United Arab Emirates:

  • Copy of Owner Passport
  • Copy of Residence visa
  • Import Permits
  • Veterinary details
  • Medical Records
  • AWB
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)

Additional Import Advice

  • Consignee must be present for Customs inspection.
  • Used cars are subject to Customs duty and tax.
  • Vehicles with tinted glass restricted for import.

Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to The United Arab Emirates. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to The United Arab Emirates:

  • The following items may qualify for free import if within the limits indicated: Spirits, wine and beer (24 cans per carton and no more than 355 ml per can), Cigarettes (400), cigars (50), tobacco (500)

Prohibited/Banned Items

Do not move any of these items to The United Arab Emirates:

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Military uniforms
  • Narcotics of all kinds, including poppy seeds, flowers and leaves
  • Banned substances, including drugs and medicines without prescription
  • Radio transmitters, wireless transmitters and communication equipment
  • Pornographic materials
  • Controversial political literature and materials contrary to Islamic principles
  • Toxic and radioactive materials
  • Items manufacture by Israeli black-list and of Israeli origin
  • Food items containing port
  • Articles made from endangered animals or made of ivory
  • Alcohol
  • Statues and figures of animals with religious undertones
  • Nude carvings and statues of humans

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Pearson has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Pearson makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

Accredited by and members of: