Q. Can I take medications on board or into foreign countries?

Generally, there are no issues with you bringing your medication on board, however we would like to inform you that Some prescription and over the counter medicines (including pain killers) as well as some complementary therapies purchased in the UK are illegal in UAE and therefore you should declare them before travelling. If you do declare medicine before entering the country and need to take it off the ship, you must take the prescription with you and ensure they are in the original packaging/bottle; we would recommend this for any medications taken off the ship. If you are seen by the on-board medical team and are prescribed medication, you should check with the prescribing doctor whether or not it is prohibited to carry the medication prescribed ashore in UAE, and follow the guidelines above.

If you are in any doubt about any of your medications, please do not take them off the ship. For United Arab Emirates, it is also essential to carry a prescription for any medication as well as a medical report if you are travelling with syringes or other medical equipment. Please refer to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/entry-requirements#Medication, when travelling with medication in the UAE. Japan also has rules regarding such medication. You can find a list of controlled medicines on the Ministry of Health website. 

Codeine, for example, is banned and no products containing codeine, which may include paracetamol, may be imported or sold in Dubai. An Import Certificate from the Japanese Authorities would be required in order to take such products into Japan.

Penalties can be severe if banned substances are found when entering these countries.

If you are taking any medication and are in 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 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates 

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 Doctors letter.

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