UAE has a very strict, zero-tolerance anti-drugs policy. If you can get by without medication, it is safest to leave it at home if you are traveling to or through UAE.
While many other countries also apply controls to the following drugs, UAE is unusual in conducting extremely thorough searches of many travelers through its airports, with highly sensitive equipment.
If you must take medication, make sure:
- It is not on the banned ‘Narcotics’ list;
- You have a prescription for it – even if you bought it over-the-counter.
Travelers coming in with controlled medicines or even prescribed medicines beyond the quantity required for their personal use can face punitive action.The list in the annexures of the guidelines includes sedatives that are found in popular cough syrups available in the Indian subcontinent such as codeine, pseudoephedrine, and pholcodine among others, according to guidelines circular issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.
The circular, referencing Pharmacy law No. 4 of 1983 and Narcotics Law No. 14 of 1995, cautions travelers entering the UAE against bringing in controlled or psychotropic medicines and narcotics that may be available easily in the country of origin but might be included in the control list in the UAE.
The Pharmacy Law No. 4 of 1983 and the Narcotics Law No. 14 of 1995, cautions people entering the UAE with unauthorized medicines that may be easily available in your country of origin. This is due to the fact that controlled medicines can only be imported into the UAE through hospitals and large community pharmacies.
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