Travellers to UAE with medication urged to seek clearance from health ministry

Government has cautioned Ghanaians travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with their personal medication to seek clearance from the Ministry of Health and Prevention before their arrival in that country.

The caution follows the UAE’s unveiling of a new law that required all tourists and residents entering the country to seek approval from their health ministry.

Addressing the media at a bi-weekly briefing by the Ministry of Information in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the law was announced in last October by health authorities at the UAE.

He said per the new law, tourists visiting that country would have to follow a set of guidelines prior to their entering and these included; completing an electronic form which could be downloaded from the website.

In addition, they were to ensure that over the counter and prescription medicine did not exceed a period of three months and one month respectively, submission of a prescription issued by a recognised physician, a medical report approved by health facility and submission of copies of Emirates Identity Card for residents and passport for visitors as well as confirmation of duration of stay in UAE.

Mr Nkrumah said it was important for people travelling to the UAE to note that their application would be reviewed and approval within one working day once the requirements including documentations were met.

However, “Persons who flout the new guidelines would not face sanction, but their medications would be seized at the port of entry.”

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