A Regional Guide to Depositions in the Middle East

 
If you have a deposition happening in the Middle East the last thing you want are surprises when you arrive!    At Optima Juris, we are dedicated to making your global deposition as easy and straightforward as possible.   Based on our unparalleled experience in the industry, we have compiled a wealth of essential details, insider information, and first-hand tips on what you can except for your deposition in the Middle East.

Middle East Parties to the Hague Evidence Convention

Cyprus
Israel
Kuwait*
Morocco
Turkey
*Non-Member States
Full List of the Hague Evidence Convention Parties

Countries That Require Visas

If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities and in many instances a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence.
When you’re checking with a Middle East consulate, check into the requirements for health records. You may need to show your HIV/AIDS status, inoculations and other medical records.
Middle East Countries Requiring Visas:
Afghanistan
Algeria
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain*
Comoros*
Djibouti
Egypt
Iran
Iraq
Jordan*
Kazakhstan
Kuwait*
Kyrgyzstan*
Lebanon*
Libya
Mauritania
Oman*
Pakistan
Palestine
Qatar*
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Sudan
Syria
Tajikistan
Turkey*
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates*
Uzbekistan
Yemen
* You may be able to obtain a visa at the point of entrance to these countries. Please be sure to double check before traveling.
Foreign Consular Offices in the United States
Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Tips & Advice

Carry some cash.
While credit cards are accepted throughout the Middle East, cash is still king when you are absolutely in a bind. While we aren’t saying to be a walking ATM, do have several hundred dollars on you just in case.
Get your paper work straight.
Do make sure everyone has a passport. Do make sure everyone has a visa if applicable. Do check the embassy rules as they are constantly updated. Also, see what items are included in your travel package (insurance, tipping, forms, etc).
Be a smart traveler.
Before heading overseas:
Organize comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy.
Register your travel and contact details, so someone can contact you in an emergency.
Tipping Rules
The tipping culture is often complex and subtle in this part of the world. Middle Easterners are known for being very friendly and hospitable, with people providing too much service. In return people’s hands are out a little bit more. Remember to always keep some spare change on your person because even small amounts are greatly appreciated.
In restaurants, check your bill if gratuity is included or not. If it is already included, there is no need to give any additional tip unless service was exceptional. If the tip is not added to the bill, normally 15%-20% is good.

Useful Links

Hotels
Agoda Hotel Search in the Middle East
Lonely Planet Middle Eastern Hotel Search
CIA
CIA Factbook Page
U.S. Embassy
United State Embassies Around the World
Electrical Requirements
Detailed List on Voltage Requirements
To see more useful practical information and advice on depositions in the Middle East please visit: http://optimajuris.com/info-center/regional-guides-middle-east.shtml
We are always here to help! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a deposition in the Middle East.

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy is an internationally-recognized Global Deposition Expert and President of Optima Juris, the world’s first and only agency specialized in deposition services for U.S. legal matters abroad. With over 18 years of experience organizing depositions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania, Ian is a leading expert in global deposition consulting and services.