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Thread: Transit via Dubai - Prescribed Medications

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    Default Transit via Dubai - Prescribed Medications

    Hi, my MIL is hoping to visit us in NZ next year. Flights with Emirates are working out the best but this would mean transiting through Dubai.

    MIL takes several medications prescribed by her GP. I understand from the Emirates website that "some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are considered to be controlled substances in the UAE. Any such medication is not allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health. If a passenger arrives in the UAE without prior approval and the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed into the UAE and the person may be subject to prosecution under the laws of the UAE".

    Does anyone know if it's sufficient for her to simply carry her doctors prescription with the medication? I sent an email over a week ago to the Drug Control Department (DCD) of the Ministry of Health to check whether her medication is on the controlled list but I haven't heard back. MIL is keen to book flights as Emirates have some good flight deals at present. She is getting on in years and isn't a confident traveller so things like this tend to increase her anxiety.

    Thanks :-)

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    Another thought - is TRANSITING THROUGH Dubai considered the same as ENTERING the UAE?

    Edited to add, I've found this https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntr...ansit-in-dubai and many similar threads on travel sites, which may be helpful.

    And I also found this - the UK phone numbers may be more helpful, if you're not getting a response to your emails.
    What medication am I allowed to bring into the UAE?

    Some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are controlled substances in the UAE. Such medication is not allowed into the UAE without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health. Check the list of prohibited medication via http://www.moh.gov.ae/en/ or contact the UAE Medical Department in the UK at:

    71 Harley Street
    London
    W1G 8DE

    Tel: +442074866281
    Fax: +442072243575
    http://www.uae-embassy.ae/Embassies/uk/faq's/585

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    Many thanks, will check out the links :-)

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    From friends I was told the big issue is opiates--codeine, even in the over the counter version from Boots--is completely illegal.

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