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Dubai- Medication not allowed?

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I was hoping that someone could clarify what the situation with medication is when going through Dubai? I know there are certain medicines that you get in to strife for having them in your hand luggage!:policeman:


Can anyone help?





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This was discussed recently. Use the forum search and you should turn up something on it.


FWIW I also found this via an online search. The medication part is down the page a little.




If you are concerned at all I'd contact the UAE Embassy in the UK and get written confirmation back from them. And if need be then ensure you have a Doctors letter to cover medication that may be an issue.


However, if you are just remaining in transit and not actually leaving the airport secure area, I can't see why you'd have too much to worry about, so long as you are not carrying excessive amounts or some strictly controlled drug.

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If you are transiting through then provided you are not trying to smuggle drugs that would be illegal in any country then there is no issue.


There has been plenty of "scare stories" but these relate to opiate based painkillers such as codeine. Opiates are one of the very very few prescription drugs in Dubai and people have got in trouble for taking codeine and then having blood tests (after car accident or when in trouble for drinking).


Prescription drugs from uk not a problem, and if you fancy anything else, visit the pharmacy in the terminal and buy anything you want. Antibiotics, Viagra, etc are all available. I used to buy blood pressure meds as you coukd buy a years supply cheaper than at home. The contraceptive pill is sold over the shelves and is 1-2 pounds a box.

ACT SS Application 30/7/10, ACT SS Approved 31/8/10, application lodged 29/11/10, CO appointed 27/1/11, Med & PCC Req 11/2/11, Meds finalised 6/3/11, PCC´s submitted 7/3/11, Wifes Meds finalized 29/3/11...VISA GRANTED 7/4/11

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