Irrespective of whether you are traveling to Dubai, UAE for vacations or are planning to relocate to the Emirate, it’s critical to understand the Emirate’s strict drug laws so you don’t get caught up in a situation that you’ll regret.

You need to bear in mind the fact that not all drugs that are considered legal in other parts of the world are acceptable in the UAE. Most importantly, there are strict laws in place and you may be subject to severe penalties for bringing in controlled drugs. As a result, it’s critical to double-check that your medications and over-the-counter medicines are allowed prior to traveling. Remember, the UAE is known for its zero-tolerance towards controlled drugs and has a very strict policy that deems strict searches at the airport necessary.

If you are planning to bring controlled medication – those that the Government strictly regulates – to Dubai, then it is vital for you to initially acquire approval from the Ministry of Health (MoH). Upon securing permission to bring in your medication to Dubai, you will be allowed:

  • 12 month’s supply as a resident
  • 3 month’s supply as a tourist

However, make sure that the packaging is not opened, and the original packaging is kept intact along with the prescription provided by your doctor.

The medicines that you can take to Dubai

  • Imodium
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Loratadine
  • Aluminum hydroxide and Magnesium trisilicate

Is it easy to purchase medicines in Dubai?

Any medications that are not featured on MoH’s list of controlled drugs can easily be purchased in both pharmacies as well as supermarkets. In many cases, medicines that require a prescription in other parts of the world can be purchased easily in the UAE. However, this works vice versa too as you may require a prescription for drugs that are available OTC in other parts of the world.

Also, pharmacists are not allowed to accept foreign prescriptions, so you will required a new prescription from a medical practitioner registered in Dubai if you need to purchase medication that is controlled in the UAE.

Medicines that are banned in Dubai

A list of controlled drugs has been released by the Ministry of Health and Prevention in the UAE. The list includes:

  1. (+) – LYSERGIDE (LSD, LSD-25)
  2. 2c-B
  3. 3-methylfentanyl
  4. 3-methylthiofentanyl
  5. 4 – Methylaminorex
  6. 4-MTA
  7. Acetorphine
  8. Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl
  9. Acetyldihydrocodeine
  10. Acetylmethadol
  11. Alfentanyl
  12. Allobarbital
  13. Allylprodine
  14. Alphacetylmethado
  15. Alphameprodine
  16. Alphamethadol
  17. Alpha-methylfentanyl
  18. Alpha-methylthiofentanyl
  19. Alphaprodine
  20. Alprazolam
  21. Amfepramone
  22. Amfetamine
  23. Amineptine
  24. Aminorex
  25. Amisulpiride
  26. Amobarbital
  27. Anileridine
  28. Aripiprazole
  29. Barbital
  30. Benzethidine
  31. Benzfetamine
  32. Benzhexol (TRIHEXYPHENIDYL)
  33. Benzylmorphine
  34. Betacetylmethadol
  35. Beta-hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl
  36. Beta-hydroxyfentanyl
  37. Betameprodine
  38. Betamethado
  39. Betaprodine
  40. Bezitramide
  41. Brolamphetamine
  42. Bromazepam
  43. Brotizolam
  44. Buprenorphine
  45. Butalbital
  46. Butobarbital
  47. Camazepam
  48. Cannabis Plant
  49. Cannabis Resin
  50. Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp)
  51. Catha Edulis (Khat, Kat)
  52. CATHINE (Norpseudo-Ephedrine)
  53. Cathinone
  54. Chlordiazepoxide
  55. Chlormethiazole
  56. Chlorpromazine
  57. Claviceps Purpurea (Ergot)
  58. Clobazam
  59. Clonazepam
  60. Clonitrazene
  61. Clorazepate
  62. Clotiazepam
  63. Cloxazolam
  64. Clozapine
  65. Coca leaf
  66. Cocaine
  67. Codeine
  68. Codeine >30mg/Unit Dose (in combination)
  69. Codoxime
  70. Concentrate of poppy straw
  71. Corynanthe Yohimbe (Bark)
  72. Corynanthe Yohimbe (Yohimbe Bush)
  73. Cyclobarbital
  74. Datura (Datura Stramonium)
  75. Delorazepam
  76. Desomorphine
  77. DET
  78. Dexamfetamine
  79. Dextromoramide
  80. Dextropropoxyphene
  81. Diampromide
  82. Diazepam
  83. Diethylthiambutene
  84. Difenoxin
  85. Dihydrocodeine
  86. Dihydrocodeine (with combination)
  87. Dihydroetorphine
  88. Dihydromorphine
  89. Dimenoxadol
  90. Dimepheptanol
  91. Dimethylthiambutene
  92. Dioxaphetyl butyrate
  93. Diphenoxylate
  94. Dipipanone
  95. DMA
  96. DMHP
  97. DMT
  98. DOET
  99. Dronabinol
  100. Droperidol
  101. Drotebanol
  102. Ecgonine
  103. Ehtylmorphine
  104. Ephedrine
  105. Ergot mushroom
  106. Erythroxylon Coca (Coca)
  107. Estazolam
  108. Ethchlorvynol
  109. Ethinamate
  110. Ethyl Loflazepate
  111. Ethylmethylthiambutene
  112. Eticyclidine
  113. Etilamfetamine (N-Ethylamphetamine)
  114. Etonitazene
  115. Etorphine
  116. Etoxeridine
  117. Etryptamine
  118. Fencamfamin
  119. Fenetylline
  120. Fenproporex
  121. Fentanyl
  122. Fludiazepam
  123. Flumazenil
  124. Flunitrazepam
  125. Flupenthixol
  126. Fluphenazine Dihydrochloride
  127. Flurazepam
  128. Furethidine
  129. Gabapentin
  130. Ghb
  131. Glutethamide
  132. Halazepam
  133. Haloperidol
  134. Haloxazolam
  135. Heroin
  136. Hydrocodone
  137. Hydromorphinol
  138. Hydromorphone
  139. Hydroxypethidine
  140. Hyoscyamus Niger (Henbane)
  141. Ipomoea sp. (Morning Glory)
  142. Isomethadone
  143. Ketamine, Ketalar
  144. Ketazolam
  145. Ketobemidone
  146. Lefetamine
  147. Levamfetamine
  148. Levomethorphan
  149. Levomoramide
  150. Levophenacylmorphan
  151. Levorphanol
  152. Lisdexamphetamine
  153. Lophophora Williamsii (Peyote)
  154. Loprazolam
  155. Lorazepam
  156. Lormetazepam
  157. Lovomethamphetamine
  158. Mazindol
  159. MDE, N-ethyl MDA
  160. MDMA
  161. Mecloqualone
  162. Medazepam
  163. Medetomidine
  164. Mefenorex
  165. Mephenoxalone
  166. Meprobamate
  167. Mescaline
  168. Mesocarb
  169. Metamfetamine
  170. Metazocine
  171. Methadone
  172. Methadone intermediate
  173. Methafetamine Racemate
  174. Methaqualone
  175. Methcathinone
  176. Methtrimeprazine
  177. Methyldesorphine
  178. Methyldihydromorphine
  179. Methylphenidate
  180. Methylphenobarbital
  181. Methyprylon
  182. Metopon
  183. Midazolam
  184. Misoprostol
  185. MMDA
  186. Modafinil
  187. Moramide intermediate
  188. Morning Glory
  189. Morpheridine
  190. Morphine
  191. Morphine methobromide
  192. Morphine n-oxide
  193. MPPP
  194. Myrophine
  195. Nalbuphine
  196. N-hydroxy MDA
  197. Nicocodeine
  198. Nicodicodeine
  199. Nicomorphine
  200. Nimetazepam
  201. Nitrazepam
  202. Noracymethadol
  203. Norcodeine
  204. Nordazepam
  205. Norlevorphanol
  206. Normethadone
  207. Normorphine
  208. Norpipanone
  209. Olanzapine
  210. Opium
  211. Oxazepam
  212. Oxazolam
  213. Oxycodone
  214. Oxymorphone
  215. Papaver Somniferum (Opium)
  216. Para-fluorofentanyl
  217. Parahexyl
  218. Pemoline
  219. Pentazocine
  220. Pentobarbital
  221. PEPAP
  222. Pethidine
  223. Pethidine intermediate A
  224. Pethidine intermediate B
  225. Pethidine intermediate C
  226. Peyote Cactus
  227. Phenadoxone
  228. Phenampromide
  229. Phenazocine
  230. Phencyclidine
  231. Phendimetrazine
  232. Phenmetrazine
  233. Phenobarbital
  234. Phenomorphan
  235. Phenoperidine
  236. Phentermine
  237. Pholcodeine
  238. Piminodine
  239. Pimozide
  240. Pinazepam
  241. Pipradrol
  242. Piptadenia Pregrina
  243. Piritramide
  244. PMA
  245. Prazepam
  246. Pregabalin
  247. Prochlorperazine
  248. Procyclidine
  249. Proheptazine
  250. Properidine
  251. Propiram
  252. Propylhexedrine
  253. Prostaglandin E2
  254. Pseudoephedrine
  255. Psilocine, Psilotsin
  256. Psilocybe sp. & Amanita mushrooms (Magic Mushroom)
  257. Psilocybin mushrooms
  258. Psilocybine
  259. Pyrovalerone
  260. Quetiapine
  261. Racemethorphan
  262. Racemoramide
  263. Racemorphan
  264. Rolicyclidine (PHP, PCPY)
  265. Secbutabarbital
  266. Secobarbital
  267. STP, DOM
  268. Sufentanyl
  269. Sulpiride
  270. Sultopride
  271. Synthetic Cannabinoids (Cannabimimetics)
  272. Tabernanthe Iboga (Iboga tree)
  273. Temazepam
  274. Tenamfetamine (MDA)
  275. Tenocyclidine (TCP)
  276. Tetrahydrocannabinol
  277. Tetrazepam
  278. Thebacon
  279. Thebaine
  280. Thiofentanyl
  281. Thioridazine
  282. TMA
  283. Tramadol
  284. Triazolam
  285. Trifluoperazine
  286. Trimeperidine
  287. Vinylbital
  288. Zaleplon
  289. Zipeprol
  290. Ziprasidone
  291. Zolpidem
  292. Zopiclone
  293. Zuclopenhtixol

For further details, please visit https://www.uae-embassy.org/sites/default/files/List%20of%20Controlled%20and%20Restricted%20Drugs.pdf

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