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March 04, 2017


What Can Friend Expect after Arrest over Medicine at Airport?

Question: A friend of mine called me recently to say that he had been arrested at Dubai airport for carrying prescription medicine without the prescription. I am a European who lives outside the UAE so I don't have much knowledge about such cases in the UAE. Can you tell me more?

Answer: It is unfortunate what happened to your friend but there is a list of medicines that cannot be brought into the UAE without having a prescription for them. UAE Criminal Law No 14 of 1995 and its amendments define and list which medicines are banned or require a prescription to be presented. If a person is found to have such medicines without the right prescription, the accused could face a prison sentence of a minimum of six months and one that could potentially exceed two years in jail and a fine of Dh10,000 plus deportation, following Article No 39 and 40 of the same law.

UPDATE:

The Federal Law No 14 of 1995 on combating narcotics and intoxicants has been repealed and replaced by the Federal Decree Law No 30 of 2021 on Combating Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances, issued on 16 September 2021 and came into force as of 2 January 2022. The new law has introduced many changes to the previous law on combating narcotics, including giving courts the discretionary power to make orders related to the deportation of a foreigner under Article 75 of the new law.


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