Bringing medications into the UAE

The Ministry of Health and Prevention for UAE has issued a revised policy relating to travellers bringing certain drugs into the region.

What’s changed?

A large number of prescribed and over the counter medicines are considered by the UAE to be “controlled” substances. In order to permit legal entry, all ‘controlled’ substances require additional procedures.

For example ‘controlled’ substances include common sleeping tablets (such as temazepam, zolpidem, zopiclone, zaleplon), painkillers (such as those containing codeine, tramadol, amitriptyline), anti-depressants (such as citalopram, escitalopram, sertraline, olanzapine, quetiapine, amitriptyline, irtazapine, fluoxetine, venlafaxine), hormone replacement therapy (such as testosterone, oestradiol) and other medications.

What’s required?

To permit legal entry with ‘controlled’ substances, prior approval from the Registration and

Drug Control Department, Ministry of Health is required.

To complete the form you will need:

You may also require the name, ingredients, dosage, manufacturer and batch numbers of the drugs you will be carrying so have them handy when you complete the online process. You may be also required to present these original documents with the prior approval to customs authorities at the port of entry to get them signed and stamped for the duration of stay.

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