Passengers travelling to UAE must produce medical certificates for prescription drugs

Passengers travelling to UAE must produce medical certificates for prescription drugs

Dubai International airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and is expecting to see the influx of about 90 million passengers by the end of this year. However, many passengers are not aware about the laws that govern the carrying of prescription drugs in the country. Air travellers found carrying prescription drugs without appropriate medical certificates to validate its use, could find themselves in a fear deal of legal trouble.

Under the prevailing laws of the UAE, passengers caught in a situation where they cannot produce certificates that warrant the use of prescription drugs could face a possible jail term and fines amounting to up to Dh 10,000. The officials at Dubai airport voiced their concerns on the same and hoped that passengers would keep themselves aware of the law so as to avoid messy legal hassles that could prove to be troublesome.

Passengers leaving or entering the country are bound by law to carry prescription medication only if they have a medical certificate from a qualified physician. Among the categories of medicines that essentially need to be backed by medical certificates is Tramadol, that is sometimes used in pain management. Any passenger found carrying Tramadol or a similar medication without prescription will in all likelihood be transferred for questioning to the Dubai police.