Prescription meds in Dubai

Aug 24th, 2019, 12:30 PM
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Prescription meds in Dubai

Our Princess cruise in fall of 2020 ends in Dubai. We'll fly back to the USA after spending 2 nights there. I've read they are strict regarding drugs. We take prescriptions for blood pressure, cholesterol, & acid reflux. I use Symbicort inhaled mist for asthma & my husband uses 2 types of insulin. Might there be a problem with any of these types of medications? Thank you for any helpful info.
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Aug 24th, 2019, 02:49 PM
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I've purchased meds over-the-counter in Dubai that require an RX just about anywhere else.

BUT, that was several years ago. And I've just found this, dated October 2018:

All tourists and residents entering the UAE will now need approval to bring personal medicines across the border, the Ministry of Health has announced.

However, it's easy to get permission – all it takes is a simple online form, and it's completely free.

To bring personal medicines to the UAE, a doctor's prescription, passport or Emirates ID copy and some other verification details need to be submitted using the Ministry of Health website.

It will then by reviewed by officials and approved within one working day, with the medicines then checked on entry by an inspector.

Passengers can take one month of controlled or semi-controlled medicine into the country or three months of non-controlled medicine.

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Aug 24th, 2019, 05:22 PM
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melnq8- thank you for the info!
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