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UAE controlled substances: Prison for poppy seeds

Poppy seeds

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People travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or other Gulf nations should ensure they are aware of the banned substances and even those that seem harmless should be looked at before entering the country.

For example be aware that carrying poppy seed, even as a food product, could result in a minimum 20 years of imprisonment or even the death penalty. It relates the case of a person who was caught with a packet of poppy seed in the form of khas khas, which he intended to use as a food additive. The man was inprisoned in Dubai in 1999.

The UAE does have extremely strict anti-drug laws and a number of people have been jailed there for possession of substances, including poppy seed, that would be considered entirely innocent in other jurisdictions. Information for air travellers on the Government of Dubai website notes:

It is prohibited to bring certain items into Dubai and passengers should be sure not to bring any of these items with them, either intentionally or accidentally. It goes without saying that all kinds of narcotic drugs, including cocaine, heroin, cannabis, opiates and any derivatives are prohibited, and should any visitor be caught with such substances, they face stiff punishment that will almost always involve lengthy jail time. The following substances are also banned: poppy seeds (even in bakery products), qat leaf, betel leaf or nuts, niswar and gutkha.

So the list of UAE controlled substances means if you carry a bread roll covered in poppy seeds you must expect to face a long prison sentance. This may seem extreme but there are many examples of where people have been sent to prison for lengths of time for not abiding to the strict drug control laws the UAE operate.  Pharmacist drugs are also highly regulated and are only despensed in the country by specialists, as opposed to the normal doctors.  Drugs readily available in the West and Asia could also be highly controlled in the UAE and result in sentances stiffer than prison.  A death sentance is the harshes penalty you can face in the UAE and so it is 110% worth taking the time to check whether everything you have on you is legitimate in the UAE.

Below is a small list of the controlled drugs that you can buy in Europe and the US that are controlled in the UAE.  This does not include the brand names, just the active ingredients.

You gave been warned!

UAE controlled substances:

Narcotic (Active ingredients)

pharmaceutical drugs

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Alfentanil
Amphetamine
Buprenorphone
Codeine
Fentanyl
Ketamine
Methadone
Methyphenidate
Morphine
Pentazocine
Pethidine
Remifentanil
Sufentanil
Controlled Drug Class A – Psychotropics (Active ingredients)
Acitretin
Alprazolam
Aripiprazole
Bromazepam
Buprenorphine 200 (microgram tablets and 500 microgram injection)
Butorphanol
Chlopromazine
Chlordiazepoxide
Clobazam
Clonazepam
Clorazepate
Diazepam
Dihydrocodeine
Droperidol
Flumazenil
Flupentixol
Fluphenazine
Haloperidol
Isotretinoin
Lorazepam
Medazepam
Mephenoxalone
Midazolam
Misoprostol
Nalbuphine
Olanzapine
Phenobarbitone
Pimozide
Prazepam
Prochlorperazine
Propofol
Prostaglandin
Quetiapine
Risperidone
Sulpiride
Sultopride
Temazepam
Thiopentone
Tiapride
Tramadol
Trfluoperazine
Zaleplon
Ziprasidone
Zolpidem
Zuclopenhtixol

Controlled Drug Class B (Active ingredients)

Amitriptyline
Baclofen
Benzhexol
Biperiden
Buspirone
Carisoprodol
Citalopram
Clomipramine
Codeine
Cyclobenzaprine
Dextromethorphan
Diphenoxylate
Dotheipin
Duloxetine
Escitalopram
Estradiol
Ethinylestradiol
Etonogestrel
Fluoxetine
Flupenthixol
Fluvoxamine
Imapramine
Isotretonin
Lithium Carbonate
Maprotiline
Menotrophin
Meserolone
Methocarbomol
Mianserin
Milnacipran
Minaprine
Mirtazapine
Moclobemide
Naltrexone
Nandrolone
Nefazodone
Norethisterone
Norethisterone
Norgetrol
Noscapine
Octreotide
Oestradiol
Opipramol
Orphenadrine
Oseltamivir
Oxazepam
Paroxetine
Pholcodine
Pimecrolimus
Procyclidine
Propoxyphene (with paracetemol
Pyrisuccideanol
Reboxetine
Sertraline
Somatrophine
Testosterone
Ticlopidine
Tizanidine
Tretinoin
Trimipramine
Vecuronium
Venlafaxine
Appendix 2 Common UAE controlled drugs (Trade names)

The following list shows some of the TRADE names of those controlled items that are registered as medicines in the UAE

Narcotics

Ketalar
Physeptone
Ritalin
Sosegon
Subutex
Ultiva

Controlled Drugs Class A – Psychotropics

Abilify
Anexate
Arthrotec
Ativan
Barnetil
Buccastem
Clopixol
Cytotec
Deanxit
Dehydrobenzperidol
Demetrin
DHC continues
Dialag
Diapam
Diprivan
Dogmatil
Dormicum
Dorsilon
Frisium
Gardinal
Genprid
Haldol
Intraval
Largactil
Lexotanil
Limbitrol
Neotigason
Nobrium
Noctran
Nubain
Orap
Prolixin
Propess
Risperdal
Rivotril
Serenace
Seroquel
Sonata
Stadol
Stelazine
Stemetil
Stesolid
Stilnox
Tekam
Temgesic
Tiapridal
Tramal
Tramundin
Tranxene
Valium
Xanax
Zaldiar
Zeldox
Zyprexa
Controlled Drugs Class B
123 Cold
Actifed Compound
Actifed DM
Activelle
Adol Cold
Adol Compound
Adumbran
Akineton
Algaphan
Anafranil
Andriol
Artane
Athymil
Aurorix
Benxtrone
Bepro
Broncholar
Broncholar forte
Bronchophane
Buspar
Cancolite
Cantor
Cipralex
Cipram
Climen
Codaphen
Codaphen plus
Codilar
Codipront
Codis
Coldex-dD
Cymbalta
Deca durabolin
Decutan
Dextrocuf
Dextrolag
Diarsed
Diaxine
Dicton
Distalgesic
Edronax
Efexor
Elidel
Estracomb
Estrofem
Faverin
Femoston
Flexiban
Flozak
Fluanxol
Flumed DM adult
Fluneurin
Fluoxone
Fluran
Flutin
Fluxetyl
Genotropin
Insidon
Intard
Ixel
Kafosed
Kemadrin
Kliogest
Lagaflex
Linz
Lioresal
Lomotil
Ludiomil
Menogen
Muscadol
Myogesic
Noracod
Norcuron
Norditropin
Norflex
Norgesic
Nuvaing
Oxetine
Paracodol
Phensedyl
Primotestone
Progyluton
Prothiaden
Proviron
Prozac
Remeron
Revacod
Rhinotussel
Riaphan
Roaccutane
Robaxin
Robaxisal
Robitussin-CF
Romilar
Saizen
Salipax
Sandostatin
Saroten
Sedofan DM
Sedofan-P
Seroxat
Serzone
Sirdalud
Somadryl compound
St Joseph cough
Sterandryl
Stivane
Surmontil
Sustanon
Tamiflu
Ticlid
Tixylix
Tofranil
Trexan
Tripofed dm
Trisequens
Tryptizol
Tuscalman
Tussifin with codeine
Unified DM
Vesanoid
Virormone
Zoloft

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  1. i thought i was being careful… | The Alibi

    […] travel to Saudia Arabia or the UAE with poppy seeds on your clothes – you will be imprisoned. I will remember that next time. (But, of course, since I learned that the majority of poppy seeds are grown/cultivated in Turkey […]

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