Different airline companies have restrictions on the things you can carry onboard whichever country you are going. However, flying to the Middle East especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, gives you a little extra on items you cannot bring onboard. Things that are simply allowed in other countries may be included in their banned items so this article could be helpful for you to determine which items should not be included in your flight.
As overseas Filipino workers (OFW), it is important that we follow the regulations of the host country we are working in to avoid any troubles.
Here are some of the banned items in the UAE, as per the Dubai Customs and Dubai Municipality Government.
– Pornographic material
– Non-Islamic religious pamphlets for missionary activities
– Fireworks, ivory, weapons, and ammunition
– Chemical and organic fertilizers
– Laser pens
– Radar jammers/other unauthorized communication devices
– Endangered animal species
– All kinds of narcotic drugs including cocaine, poppy seeds, hallucination pills, among others
– Banned goods imported from other countries
– Gambling tools
– Forged currency
– Cooked and home-made foods, including “Balut”, or developing bird embryo (usually a duck)
– And any objects, sculptures, paintings, books or magazines which do not adhere to the religious and moral values of the UAE
Refusal to comply with these rules may result to confiscation of an item, paying fines, imprisonment, or even deportation.
When it comes to cash, tourists or visitors need to disclose cash (in any currency), cheques, and jewelry items if their total value exceeds Dh100,000. Individuals under 18 are not allowed to enter the country with cash exceeding Dh100,000.
Pharmacy Law No. 4 of 1983 and Narcotics Law No. 14 of 1995 states that some controlled or psychotropic medicines and narcotics, even though they are prescribed and/or easily available in countries outside UAE, require permission from the Ministry of Health. To avoid problems, ensure that the medicine to be brought to UAE does not contain banned substances.
Liquid substances should be placed inside a secure, transparent, and resealable plastic bags. The number of liquids should also not exceed 1-liter.
It is still better to be aware and check out on information available in UAE government’s website to stay updated on the list of banned items.
This article is filed under: Saudi Arabia, OFW, Middle East, banned items,
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