United Arab Emirates

 United Arab Emirates*

Opioid Substitution Treatments: not available

Importation of Methadone/Buprenorphine/Codeine/Morphine: possible

According to section I. 4. of the “Guidelines for Carrying of Personal Medicines With Travelers in to the United Arab Emirates” the importation of methadone, buprenorphine, morphine and codeine is possible:

Controlled medicines

Guidelines for Carrying of Personal Medicines With Travelers in to the United Arab Emirates

However, travelers must apply for an import permit at the Ministry of Health and Prevention:

Ministry of Health of the United Arab Emirates
Drug Department
Narcotic and Psychotropic Control Section
11th Floor
Dusit Thani Hotel
Al Muroor Road
P.O. Box 848
Abu Dhabi
Phone: ++9712-6117505 oder -6117354
Fax: +9712 6313742
Email: ah.osman@moh.gov.ae oder mvashokan@moh.gov.ae

The application must be written in Englisch or Arabian. Since the “Guidelines” do not contain any info on which data to provide we would suggest to give the following details: Prescribing doctor/clinic, patient (name, home address, no. of passport), travel dates (intended/probable date of arrival and departure), prescribed medication. Giving an indication is not necessary. These data have to be confirmed by a local health authority responsible for the area where the prescriber’s office/clinic is located.

Our English/Arabian specimen form might be useful.

In case the application will be accepted the traveler must carry with him/her the import permission issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention together with those documents specified in the “Guidelines” under II. a) 2, 3, and 4. On arrival all documents must be presented to a customs officer and will be stamped.

Any comments and additional information greatly appreciated.
Please address all correspondence to:

Ralf Gerlach
Bremer Platz 18-20
48155 Münster
Phone: +49 2571-582765 or +49 251-60123 (please note the different codes)
Fax: +49 251-666580

*No responsibility is accepted for the correctness of this information.

(This page last revised and updated February 5, 2019)