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Banned substances in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a very strict, zero-tolerance anti-drugs policy and conducts thorough searches at its airports, using highly sensitive equipment. Possession of even tiny amounts of illegal drugs has resulted in severe punishments to travellers entering or transiting the UAE.

Bringing medication into the UAE

Did you know that if you’re carrying controlled medication into the UAE, you must apply for approval through the Ministry of Health (MoH) website?

You can check with your doctor if your prescribed medication is controlled or not. You must also carry the prescription for the quantity (max 3 months’ supply) of the medicine that you are bringing into the UAE. 

All other medication (prescription for uncontrolled medication and over the counter medication) do not need prior approval from MoH.

For more details please visit the Ministry of Health and Prevention website.

Before you leave for the airport:

Travellers to the UAE are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with what medications they can and cannot bring into the country. 

Please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the United Arab Emirates for advice if you are considering taking medications or other drugs into the UAE.

List of United Arab Emirates consulates(Opens an external website in a new tab)