UAE clarifies – Prior approval is needed only for narcotics, psychotropic drugs and controlled medicines

All residents and visitors coming to the UAE have the option to seek prior online permission only for narcotics, psychotropic drugs and controlled medicines to save time at the airport.

Travellers are not obliged to seek prior permission for other drugs for personal use, according to the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP).  

Last month, a senior official from the ministry had told Khaleej Times that anyone bringing such medicines from outside the country has to notify the government. 

The ministry said on Friday that the online service aims at facilitating the process of carrying controlled and psychotropic medicines for travellers coming to the country. The service is optional and can be used by travellers who want to avoid waiting at the airport.

 However, the quantity of medicines to be imported for personal use should not exceed a period of three months for non-controlled medicines and one month for controlled and semi-controlled medicines. 

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