Passengers departing from or arriving in the UAE and carrying cash, or financial instruments exceeding AED 60,000 or an equivalent amount in other currencies are required to declare it to the customs authorities. You may not bring certain items into the UAE; restrictions apply on other items.
The UAE Government bans the entry of certain goods and restricts some others. Banned/prohibited goods are those whose import and export is banned under the Common Customs Law of the GCC States (PDF, 567 KB), or any other law or regulation applicable in the UAE.
Restricted goods are goods whose import and export is restricted under the same law above and applicable regulations, and they need prior approval from the authorities concerned prior to import or export.
Banned items include, but are not limited to:
controlled/recreational drugs and narcotic substances
items used in black magic, witchcraft or sorcery
publications and artwork that contradict or challenge Islamic teachings and values
gambling tools and machines.
The following list outlines restricted goods along with their respective controlling authorities:
Live animals, plants, fertilizers, and pesticides
Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Weapons, ammunition, explosives and fireworks
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Interior
Medicines, drugs, and medical equipment, devices and tools
Ministry of Health and Prevention
Media publications and products
Ministry of Culture and Youth
Nuclear energy products
Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation
Transmission and wireless devices
Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority
Ministry of Interior/
Cosmetics and personal care products
eCigarettes and electronic hookah
Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology
New vehicle tyres
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