No More Carrying Cooked Dukra Mass or Pulimunchi to Dubai?
Mangaluru: Next time when you plan your visit to your hometown from UAE/Dubai, make sure you think twice before you take back any food items or medicines that your relatives or friends might have requested you to bring along with you on your return trip. All this time people used to pack some traditional and authentic home cooked delicacies like for Catholics- items like Pork Bafat, Pork Sorpotel, Pork Indad, Mutton stew, etc; and Hindus favorite like Kori (Chicken ) sukka, Kori puli munchie, Marvai Pundi, Chicken ghee roast etc; and Muslims favorite like Dum Biriyani, Mutton chops, phirini etc – NOT anymore, since Dubai customs have strictly restricted in carrying home cooked or for that matter, food from restaurants to UAE/Dubai.
Many times in the past travelers have got into trouble with the customs for carrying medicines that are illegal to carry to a different country- and now UAE/Dubai have strictly enforced a law prohibiting carrying cooked food. But still, many passengers take the risk by carrying banned items/food and later when they get caught they face all kinds of consequences. S the best thing to do is strictly abide by the rules and regulations of the UAE/Dubai customs, and stay out of trouble-Period!
Travel guide of banned items and Guidelines for bringing medicines and drugs to the UAE
Banned items by Dubai Customs include:
– Cooked and home-made foods.
– All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc.).
-Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
– Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
– Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
– Gambling tools and machinery.
– Three layers fishing nets.
– Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
– Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
– Radiation polluted substances.
– Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stone sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
– Any other goods, the importation of which is prohibited under the authority of U.A.E. customs laws or any other laws in the country.
– Forged and duplicate currency.
Source: Dubai Customs.
Guidelines for bringing medicines and Drugs in UAE
– As certain chemicals and drugs are banned in UAE, it is essential to check and ensure that the medicines which someone is carrying do not contain a banned or restricted substance. List of drugs and medicines banned in UAE are available on the website: www.uaeinteract.com/travel/drug.asp
– If for medical or emergency reasons one needs to carry any medicines, it should be ensured to have a medical prescription from a UAE licensed doctor. If treatment was undertaken outside UAE, one must carry both a doctor’s prescription as well as detailed medical report, both of which should be suitably attested.
– Residents and non-resident patients can bring into the UAE a maximum of 3 month supply of prescription medicine, for their personal use.
– Psychotropic medicines can be brought by non-residents to cover their personal consumption for a maximum of 3 month period.
– Psychotropic medicines can be brought in by a resident in a quantity sufficient for 1-month consumption. However, residents can bring a maximum 3 month supply if the medicine is not available in the UAE provided that they obtain the prior approval of the Drug Control Department.
– Resident and non-resident patients should not bring narcotic medicines into the country without the prior approval from the Ministry of Health. Each case will be studied and approved. A valid prescription and medical report from the concerned hospital or department will be required.
– Medicines that arrive in the country via postal courier cannot be released to the patient unless the above requirements are fulfilled.
– For more information related to restrictions on carrying of medicines, drugs and chemicals into UAE, one must check Dubai Customs website or www.dubai.ae beforehand.
– Be careful of carrying in poppy seeds which are banned, so avoid accidentally carrying bakery products that might contain such seeds. Also banned is qat leaf, betel leaf or nuts, niswar, gutkha, which while admissible in some countries is not permitted in the UAE.