Bringing medications into the UAE

The UAE (which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi) has announced that some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are considered controlled substances and cannot be brought into the country without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health.

This applies both to travellers staying in the country and those transiting through. Guidelines on carrying personal medication into the UAE and a list of controlled medicines can be found on the UAE Ministry of Health website. For further information please also see the medication section on the FCO travel advice for the UAE.

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