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taking medication to dubai

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taking medication to dubai

i have been prescribed sertraline tablets which are an antidepressant. will i be allowed to take them with me to dubai? and can go also take the contraceptive pill.

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1. Re: taking medication to dubai

You should carry all prescribed medication in your hand luggage with a copy of the prescription. You only need to produce the prescription if asked to do so

This advice is true for all countries outside the UK and not just Dubai.

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2. Re: taking medication to dubai

Good advice from Latimer, prescribed medicine is fine. In Dubai you can buy almost anything over the counter, so anything you are not sure of leave at home and buy there. I always buy a few boxes of antibiotics for when i return home as I cannot stand being treated like a kid by the Doctor or dentist!!

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Just to confirm the other 2 posts, I was so worried about medications as I take a lot (or what seems to be a lot) when you throw in over the counter vitamins, allergy, etc. I did get print outs of all my prescription and I did check the banned list of RX found on the UAE site and did leave a coupe of items home that were not critical but on the list but after all that - it was like any other airport. I carried my meds in a separate see through case inside my carryon, did not take it out and went through the scanner, I was never asked if I had medications, about the medications in my bag nor did they even check the bottles to see what was there so I worried about nothing. The only time my bag was checked was oddly upon leaving Dubai on departure at the terminal gate (Delta) they actually went through everyone's bags and the only question was is all this medication yours and what is it for, I told them allergies, high blood pressure, vitamins, etc and they said fine, put everything back and that was it. My concern was overkill and my experience was just like any other airport.

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4. Re: taking medication to dubai

There is no such thing as a 'banned list' this is a complete myth. There is a list of controlled medicines as there is for every other country in the world. Anybody can take their prescribed medication, whatever it is, as long as they follow the above advice.

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5. Re: taking medication to dubai

There are banned items such as weapons and ammunition, narcotics, pornographic materials, non-Islamic religious pamphlets for missionary activities, fireworks, ivory etc.

Then there are controlled and restricted medicine. The following link is not complete but gives an idea: moh.gov.ae/en/…20957.pdf

You can bring in one month’s supply of controlled and restricted medicine.

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6. Re: taking medication to dubai

What if you're travelling for more than a month? Not necessarily in Dubai, but for the duration of your trip, in which Dubai is a small component time wise.

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7. Re: taking medication to dubai

Then you just get a letter from your doctor to say why you need a larger supply of medication and produce the letter if asked to do so.

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8. Re: taking medication to dubai

I often carry 3 months medication as I spend time in my second home in Mauritius and never had a problem with medication via Dubai. I carry a doctors letter for my epipen but my DH has never had a problem with his codeine even though its on their controlled list. Our UK pharmacist keeps telling us we arent supposed to take it to Dubai but we haven't had a problem in all the years we've been travelling.

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9. Re: taking medication to dubai

Codeine is to my best knowledge only a controlled substance but not restricted. There is a difference there.

To my best knowledge the legal limit for controlled substance is three month supplies.

Further if you have good reasons to bring in medication for more than a month, there should be no problem.

In most countries there is a limitation on the amount of medication you can bring with you. Key reason is that these medication need regular control checks by a doctor as the related health issues can be very serious conditions. As all these medication is available in Dubai the authorities just want to avoid serious health issues due to uncontrolled self-medication.

Again these regulations are pretty much standard all over the world.

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10. Re: taking medication to dubai

Clicked too early, sorry.

The other reason that there is a limitation on importation is plain simple control (business, distribution and quality). The same as in most countries as well.