Common Prescription Drugs Illegal in UAE

Old Jul 31st, 2008, 12:05 PM
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Common Prescription Drugs Illegal in UAE

I am travelling to Dubai on Sunday and am on a variety of antidepressant drugs. Quite by chance I happened to read somewhere that Prozac was banned in UAE and my research has now established that MANY antidepressant, sleeping tablets, HRT, and Codeine is not allowed in the country.

I was surprised that this was not mentioned on this forum and whilst this is my first post wanted to share it with other travellers.

I have checked with the embassies in London and Washington and you need a note from your Doctor stating the following :

: Your Name
: Your Passport Number
: Your Address
: A Statement about your Condition
: How many tablets and what you are carrying
: A prescription

Failure to do this could result in four years imprisonment !!

For more information you can read it on :
http://www.grapeshisha.com/Banned-Drugs-in-Dubai.html

Happy Travels..
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Old Jul 31st, 2008, 12:50 PM
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Then you'd better get your duckies in a row... documentation, documentation!

Though from a friend's experience who visits Dubai regularly and takes many of the drugs you list and then some more, has never been asked "what, why, how much"... no inquiry whatsoever.
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Old Aug 1st, 2008, 03:40 AM
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While I've flown thru Dubai many, many times, I've only been there 2 times. But neither time was I ever questioned about medication. Actually, I wasn't questioned about anything.

Now - that's NOT saying there isn't some kind of law to this effect, and I guess if you're worried, then better safe than sorry.......but I have never heard anyone talk about it before and I have many friends who go back and forth to Dubai frequently.
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Old Aug 1st, 2008, 04:49 AM
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Thanks for the kind messages.. I've got the documentation from my Phychiatrist, a fist full of receipts and letter from my phamacist.

Lets hope that Britney Spears who suffers from the same (!) never visits Dubai

If all else fails I'll cry...
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Recommendation:

Don't say anything about your drug cache; offer your documentation only if they ask.

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That was also going to be my recommendation, sandi!

Great minds..............
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Old Aug 6th, 2008, 07:18 AM
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My trip went very smoothly, my friends in Dubai arranged for me to be met by a Marahaba Meet and Greet who met me before immigration and walked me through customs and everything.

I was not stopped about my medicines and on the recommendation of the Marahaba did not declare and would only if questioned !

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Marhaba Services can be booked and contacted on :

http://www.marhabaservices.com
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Glad you had a good trip, but as for your comment.....

<<and on the recommendation of the Marahaba did not declare and would only if questioned !>>

......just remember that you heard it first here!!!!
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