Please be aware that some prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, complementary therapies and other medicines that are purchased in the UK may be illegal in the United Arab Emirates and are therefore banned in the country. Japan also has rules regarding such medication.
Codeine, for example, is banned and no products containing codeine, which may include paracetamol, may be imported or sold in the United Arab Emirates.
An import Certificate from the Japanese or UAE Authorities would be required in order to take such products into the countries however this does not guarantee the products will be permitted. Penalties can be severe if banned substances are found when entering these countries.
If you are taking medication and are in any doubt then please contact the United Arab Emirates London Embassy Medical Department on 0207 486 6281, or the Japanese Embassy on 0207 465 6500 prior to your arrival.
You may also check for further information at www.fco.gov.uk.
Anyone travelling with medications and/or syringes should carry a prescription with them. All medications should be kept in their labelled dispensing bottles or packages.
If the medications are “controlled” or injectable drugs it is also advisable to carry a doctor’s letter. For the United Arab Emirates, it is essential to carry a prescription for any medication as well as a medical report if you are travelling with syringes or other medical equipment.
Check out our article Travelling overseas with prescribed medicines to learn more.
We strongly advise you to seek advice if any of the above affects you.