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E-approval required before bringing medicines to UAE

Residents and tourists who need to carry personal medicines to the UAE will have to first fill up an electronic form, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced. The form can be downloaded for free on the MoHAP website ( or its app. The quantity of medicines to be brought to the country should not exceed a personal use period of three months for non-controlled medicines and one month for controlled and semi-controlled ones. Guidelines for carrying of personal medicines with travelers in to the United Arab Emirates Applicants need to submit a prescription issued by the attending physician, a medical report approved by health entities and a copy of Emirates ID or passport. Once they submit the form along with the required documents, the officer concerned in the drugs department examines the request and issues the approval. Published on 16 October 2018

Qatar MoI issues safety advisory for travellers

The Public Relations Department at Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has issued an advisory, titled ‘Have a Pleasant Trip’, in view of the upcoming summer vacation. The advisory contains awareness tips that people in Qatar need to follow to ensure their safety and security before and during the holidays, the department has said in a statement. Please follow these tips for a hassle free journey during summer vaccation. #MoI_Qatar— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) June 22, 2017 A number of relevant topics are covered under different themes. These are as follows: Securing the house before travel Ensure to lock the doors of the house properly by using one or more high-quality locks. Do not leave behind money, jewellery or other valuables inside and instead deposit them in a bank. Before leaving the house, switch off the electric switchboard, gas pipelines and the main water valve. People could also request their…

UAE Guides
Guide: 22 things you should never carry when travelling to UAE

Many Indians travelling to the UAE buy medicines from India because they are less expensive there. But they are usually unaware of the drugs that are banned in the UAE, and end up landing in jail after carrying these drugs into the country. The violators face strict penalties, including imprisonment followed by deportation. The Consul General of India in Dubai has published detailed guidelines on banned items on its website. 1. All kinds of narcotic drugs (hashish, cocaine, heroin, poppy seeds, hallucinogenic pills, etc.). 2. Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries. 3. Goods of Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos 4. Crude ivory and rhinoceros horn. 5. Gambling tools and machinery. 6. Three layered fishing nets. 7. Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculptures and statues in any material. 8. Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires. 9. Radiation polluted substances. 10. Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books,…

Stamping of hand baggage to continue for those flying abroad

The hand baggage of passengers flying out of the country will continue to be stamped at all the seven airports where this practice will end today for domestic travellers, officials said on Friday. Stamping of passengers’ hand baggage at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from today. The other airports are: Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad. However, this would not be applicable to the passengers flying out of the country. Official sources said it was being done as the aviation and security regulators of foreign countries needed to be informed about it in advance and convinced. All the seven airports have international passenger traffic. In the meantime, arrangements have been made for smooth scanning of such luggage and CISF personnel, who provide security at these airports, have been briefed. CISF Director General O P Singh had said yesterday the procedure of stamping and…

Travel Guide: Top 5 things to consider when traveling abroad

When it comes to traveling outside of your home country, it’s extremely important to be well prepared and organized before embarking on your travels, rather than enduring the stress of having to figure things out as you go. While planning a trip abroad can be a wonderful and exciting experience, it can also be chaotic and hectic. Between booking flights, creating travel itineraries, securing accommodations, and the general stress of navigating a foreign country, it’s easy to forget important components along the way. International Travelers Checklist Maintaining a travel checklist for your next long-distance journey is the best way to ensure that your health, safety, and financial necessities are covered. The top 5 most important considerations for international travelers planning a trip abroad are as follows: 1) Obtain multiple copies of all important documentation Before embarking on your travels, it is important to make copies of all essential documents should…

Around The World
Travelling to US? First check what you posted on social media

The US government began asking select foreign visitors to provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a move designed to spot potential terrorist threats, a media report said. Since Tuesday, foreign travellers arriving in the country on the visa waiver programme have been presented with an “optional” request to “enter information associated with your online presence”, a government official confirmed on Thursday. The prompt includes a drop-down menu that lists platforms including Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, as well as a space for users to input their account names on those sites, Politico reported. According to the official, the new policy comes as Washington tries to improve its ability to spot and deny entry to individuals who have ties to terrorist groups like the Islamic State. But the government has faced a barrage of criticism since it first floated the idea last…

Mumbai airport becomes India’s first to introduce self bag-drop facility

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport in Mumbai became India’s first airport to introduce self bag drop units on Thursday. The Mumbai International Airports Pvt Ltd (MIAL), the institution in-charge of the Mumbai airport, often cited as the second busiest in the country in terms of traffic, installed the self service baggage/luggage drop unit in the airport in an effort to ease chaos in times of high traffic and passenger flow. The bag drop solution units will be available to the passengers of Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Go and Indigo. The self baggage drop units, known as ‘Scan&Fly’, are created by air-transport information and tech solutions provider SITA. The plug-and-play design of SITA Scan&Fly allows it to be easily installed onto existing airport check-in desks, maximising terminal space while leveraging the speed of self-service. Rajiv Jain, CEO of MIAL, said: “MIAL would like to maintain and grow its position…

Six Indian airports will no longer require security stamps on hand luggage tags

Passengers flying from six major airports in India will soon travel hassle-free as the mandatory practise of getting a security stamp on their hand baggage is being done away with by the CISF. According to a report by PTI, the pilot project to smoothen air travel will be started at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. “Starting December 15, we are beginning a pilot project at six major airports where passengers will not be required to get the security stamp on the tags on their hand baggages. They can get their other security checks done and board their flights. This is a passenger friendly measure that we have initiated,” CISF Director General O P Singh told reporters. A decision in this regard was taken on Thursday during a high-level meeting between the airport security brass of the security force and top executives of over a dozen major…

Qatar Guides
Guide : 10 Things to know about the free Qatar Transit Visa

Qatar’s new free transit visa scheme has come into effect on 1 November 2016. Under the new system, travellers with layovers of five hours or more at Hamad International Airport can request for a complimentary transit visa. The scheme will allow transiting passengers of all nationalities to enter Qatar for up to 96 hours in between flights. Here are 10 things you need to know about the free transit visa: 1. Requirements to be eligible for free transit visa To be eligible for the free transit visa, passengers must have : a confirmed ticket for a journey into Qatar, with a confirmed onward journey out of the country on a Qatar Airways-operated flight, a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months from the time of arrival in Qatar, and a valid email id to facilitate the visa process. 2. Application period Visa applications should be made at least seven days (excluding…

Travellers to Qatar must have prescriptions for medicines: official

Travellers coming to Qatar should ensure that the medicines they carry for personal use are not banned in the country and should be accompanied by a proper medical prescription. “The General Authority of Customs maintains close co-operation with the Ministry of Public Health in preventing the entry of prohibited drugs and medicines,” Ajab Manur al-Qahtani, director of Hamad International Airport (HIA) Customs Department, told local Arabic daily Al Sharq. Physicians posted at all the entry points Physicians are posted at all the entry points of the country including HIA and HIA Air Cargo, and Abu Samra Land Border, Gulf Times reports. Pharmacy and Drug Control Department is the entity that decides on the medicines not allowed into the country unless accompanied by a proper medical prescription. “It is necessary that every traveller entering the country with drugs or medicines should declare them to the customs officers, whatever their type might…

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