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melissam423
2/13/2014 11:33 EST

Hi! I really need help with this question as no one seems to have an answer. I take medication for anxiety. IT IS A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. I can't just stop taking it - it's dangerous to do so. I don't want to go through w this (teaching in the Middle East) and have them taken away OR be jailed for 4 years. Thank you for your help!

denverbri69
3/30/2014 13:00 EST

The prudent option is to take a letter from the perscribing physician attesting that they prescribed the meds for you. Only bring with you want you need for the length of your trip, plus maybe 20% just in case. But the other poster is right, we only went through Immigration screening, didn't even see a customs area. But this was Dubai, Abu Dhabi might be different.

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fyafighter
3/29/2014 10:07 EST

I don't know if I have good advise, but I went the UAE last year and no one checked the medications I brought with me

denverbri69
2/16/2014 11:52 EST

I brought the same type(s) of meds with me to the UAE. Ask your doctor's office for a letter listing all meds and their diagnosis's. Only bring with you what you will need for the trip plus maybe 25% for emergencies. Of course carry your meds in your carry on bag for safety reasons. When I landed at Dubai I didn't even see a customs counter; but doesn't mean that there wasn't any. I just didn't have to go through a custom's inspection. Most importantly, don't worry. If you are carrying the amount you will need for your trip they will not suspect you of drug trafficing.

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