Dubai holidays are beloved by many Britons thanks to its guaranteed sunshine in winter. However, with the UAE being a very different country to the UK when it comes to local customs and way of life it’s important to be aware of the travel rules in Dubai. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has this week updated their travel advice for Dubai. One updated rule concerns what Britons should never pack in their luggage.
Dubai is a strict country when it comes to what travellers can bring into the emirate.
Items that may be legal in the UK can be banned in the UAE and possession could lead to jail time.
The FCO has warned Britons in its latest update to be careful when it comes to certain skincare products.
These could include ingredients that are prohibited in Dubai and could land you in trouble.
“Some skincare products and E-cigarette refills may contain ingredients that are illegal in the UAE such as CBD oil,” stated the FCO.
“If found in possession of such products, they will be confiscated and you may face criminal charges.”
It adds: “A list of narcotic, psychotropic and controlled drugs where this rule applies, allowed quantities and documents to present can be found on the UAE Ministry of Health website.”
Dubai and the rest of the UAE have extremely strict rules concerning drugs.“There is zero tolerance for drugs-related offences,” explained the FCO.
“The penalties for trafficking, smuggling and possession of drugs (even residual amounts) are severe.
“Sentences for drug trafficking can include the death penalty and possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can lead to a minimum four-year jail sentence.
“The Emirati authorities count the presence of drugs in the bloodstream as possession. Some herbal highs, like Spice, are illegal in the UAE.”
Passengers need to be especially careful with even residual amounts of drugs on their person or in their luggage. This applies to those who are just transiting through Dubai, too.
“Many people stop off in UAE airports on their way to other destinations,” said the FCO. “UAE airports have excellent technology and security, so transiting passengers carrying even residual amounts of drugs may be arrested.”
The FCO has also updated their advice on UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) for Dubai. These are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from the United Arab Emirates.
“All ETDs for entry are required to have at least six months validity from the date of entry into the UAE.
“If you’re planning to enter the UAE using a UK ETD, you should contact the nearest UAE Embassy or Consulate before you travel to seek advice about whether a visa is required.
“If you’re requesting a two-way ETD from the UAE, you must check with UAE immigration on the documents you would need to present in order to return.”
Tourists in Dubai also need to be careful when it comes to drinking alcohol – it’s illegal in the UAE to drink or be drunk in public.