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Author Topic: Transit through UAE with HIV medications  (Read 2752 times)

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Offline Sverik

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Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« on: November 23, 2011, 04:03:43 AM »
Hi there,

I've been trying to figure out if it is possible to travel through Dubai (UAE) with HIV medication in hand luggage.
I am planning a trip to SE Asia from Europe and the cheapest alternative is with Emirates through Dubai. The trip would see us stop at Dubai airport for about 8 hours. I have tried e-mailing UAE embassies about the possibility to carry HIV medications in hand luggage but unfortunately got no answer. I understand that normally entrance with HIV drugs is not possible but since it's only transit I'm not sure whether to go with this option or not!?

Does anyone know anything about this?

Thanks
Sven

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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2011, 11:52:44 AM »
Hi Sven. It shouldn't be a problem. My bf has had layovers in Dubai twice since being on meds and both times he had them in his carry-on and never had a problem. As you are only there on layover, there'd be no point in going through all the deportation paperwork as you are not stopping there to visit the country, you're just passing through and have the airline ticket to prove it.

This has also been discussed in this thread. Happy travels! :)
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Offline Sverik

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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 06:42:52 AM »
Ann, thanks a lot. It's very reassuring to hear that.
Did your boyfriend declare the meds or they just did not pay any attention to his carry-ons ie. drugs at all?

We are planning a trip to SE Asia and I would carry at least a 3-4 days worth of meds in my carry-on just in case the checked-in luggage gets lost (hopefully not !). So my question is, what happens if they find the drugs container. I plan to take a letter from my doctor, so I suppose that should be OK.

Thanks again.
Sven

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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2011, 09:05:29 AM »
Ann, thanks a lot. It's very reassuring to hear that.
Did your boyfriend declare the meds or they just did not pay any attention to his carry-ons ie. drugs at all?

We are planning a trip to SE Asia and I would carry at least a 3-4 days worth of meds in my carry-on just in case the checked-in luggage gets lost (hopefully not !). So my question is, what happens if they find the drugs container. I plan to take a letter from my doctor, so I suppose that should be OK.

Thanks again.
Sven

8hrs layover...stay in the transit area (is a brand new terminal but terrible) and don't exit due to the extra security and customs checks. Get that letter from your doc and possibly a medicine passport, and hope for the best.
By the way; NEVER EVER put your medicine in your checked luggage (unless you're homeward bound). Just think of the nightmare you'll have getting new medicines in SE Asia if/when your luggage gets lost.   DON'T !!

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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011, 01:09:56 PM »

Did your boyfriend declare the meds or they just did not pay any attention to his carry-ons ie. drugs at all?


He didn't declare them, and he kept them in their original containers. He didn't have any stowed luggage, so his whole supply was in his carry-on. He usually takes at least a week or two extra with him when he travels - he learned the hard way when bad weather left him stranded for over a week, without extra meds, in the northernmost tip of Scotland. Not a good place to run out of hiv meds!

Lots of people travel with meds or vitamins in their carry-on bags and if they were to inspect each and every person carrying, they'd never clear their lines. They'd only look if you have bottles and bottles full of pills, or put them in a place where you're obviously trying to conceal them. (Like a false bottom in your case) ;D

Grasshopper's suggestion of having a doctor's letter is a good idea any time you are travelling with meds. The letter doesn't have to name the condition being treated, they only have to name the meds and say that the patient (you) needs them. I used to have a doctor's letter with me when I was flying from Liverpool to the Rock with a month's supply of interferon and the associated syringes in my carry-on, but I never needed it. It was good to have it though, as this was not long after 9/11 when carry-on restrictions were pretty strict.

It's a good idea to make sure you don't have any other things in your bag that could be considered contraband - like liquids over the allowed amount or anything sharp. If you don't have any thing like that in your bag that shows up on the x-ray screening machines, they're not going to bother looking in your bag.
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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2011, 03:01:24 PM »
I don't know. If I were to get this ''Doctor's letter'', a simple ''Infectologist'' label  on his rubber stamp might be enough to raise a suspition, even tho' there would be no diagnosis written on the letter.  ???

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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011, 03:47:29 PM »
Conceal them under your niquab.

MtD

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Re: Transit through UAE with HIV medications
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011, 07:06:48 PM »
I don't know. If I were to get this ''Doctor's letter'', a simple ''Infectologist'' label  on his rubber stamp might be enough to raise a suspition, even tho' there would be no diagnosis written on the letter.  ???

As if your doctor is going to use a rubber stamp with something like "infectologist" on it for your paperwork, after you've just explained that you're trying to get your hiv meds through airport security with minimal notice, fuss or calling attention to your hiv status. ::)

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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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