You now need approval to bring personal medicines into the UAE

Change will affect tourists and residents but it's easy to register

You now need approval to bring personal medicines into the UAE

A new law has been introduced which everyone entering the UAE will need to abide by.

From now on, 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.

You can do that via this link.

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.

Any medicine that does not meet the requirements will be seized at the airport, although there will be no punitive action from the authorities.

Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for Licencing and Public Health Policy, told Gulf News: “In order to carry personal medication, both control and regular medication, it is now mandatory for all passengers entering UAE to get this prior approval from the ministry to carry their prescription-based medication.”

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