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Working in Dubai for two weeks for a British company

Old Dec 24th 2021, 12:57 pm
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Hey,

I work in IT and I work for a UK employer. As I'm currently working remotely due to COVID restriction and my employer instructing all staff to work at home for the time being, would it be possible to work remotely in Dubai in my hotel for a UK company for two weeks using a normal tourist visa? After two weeks, I'll return back home and work from there. I just thought it'd be far more relaxing sitting in a hotel in Dubai rather than miserable old London.

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Old Dec 24th 2021, 5:53 pm
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Shouldn’t be much of an issue, although HR might have something to say about it. But 2 weeks should cause any issues. From a Visa perspective you get a 30 day visa when you land.
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Old Dec 24th 2021, 8:36 pm
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Ohhhh okay, thank you so much for your response. My work are completely fine with it, so I would be okay just going to Dubai for two weeks and just working from my hotel using my laptop for my British employer? Sorry, I just want to make sure I understood everything correctly.
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How would it be any different than going for vacations anywhere in the world for two weeks and opening up your laptop to work remotely? Your home base is still UK. Unless you engage in local business activities you should be fine.
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How would it be any different than going for vacations anywhere in the world for two weeks and opening up your laptop to work remotely? Your home base is still UK. Unless you engage in local business activities you should be fine.
That’s not the case in all countries though. The US for instance, where you can’t work (even for a business based elsewhere) without a work permit. Of course, the reality is that it’s highly unlikely anybody would find out, but it’s technically not permitted.
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That’s not the case in all countries though. The US for instance, where you can’t work (even for a business based elsewhere) without a work permit. Of course, the reality is that it’s highly unlikely anybody would find out, but it’s technically not permitted.
so are you saying that when I visit the US HQ of my employer for business meetings I need a work permit ? …. I’ve done it for years, I’ve always declared the reason for my visit at US immigration and never had an issue.
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so are you saying that when I visit the US HQ of my employer for business meetings I need a work permit ? …. I’ve done it for years, I’ve always declared the reason for my visit at US immigration and never had an issue.
No, business meetings are permitted under the terms of the VWP/B visa. It’s a bit odd, but the US differentiates between conducting business and anything ‘productive’ - the latter (which would include doing your normal job there for a few weeks) needs a work permit.

As an example - you can attend business seminars, but couldn’t conduct one.

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