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Offline Global traveller

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Dubai now - holiday
« on: July 09, 2018, 06:38:10 am »
Hi all

Am new to this forum. I have been looking at the threads about Dubai and going there on holiday with meds. (Only holiday not long term) The forums Iíve seem were quite old and I was just wondering if there was any updated info or experiences of people that they were happy to share? I have looked at the hivtravel.org website but I donít know how often it is updated.

Many thanks in advance

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 06:44:47 am »
I'm not aware of any changes in the stance relating to HIV in Dubai, which makes it one of the trickier places to visit for those living with the virus.

That said, I'm also not aware of people taking short visits having meds confiscated or being deported, so I just think sensible measures would be sufficient.

If I were going on a short visit to Dubai, I would re-package any meds I need in nondescript containers (such as vitamin pill containers), and ensure there were some in carry on as well as checked luggage.

Am sure you will be fine and have a great time. I've only ever been to Dubai on a stopover on a flight to India so didn't leave the airport and it was always one of those places I was keen to visit, although that stance has changed since my diagnosis!
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Offline Global traveller

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 06:56:06 am »
Thank you for your reply. Yeh itís a tricky one. Iíve transited there before as well but never left the airport.

Offline Global traveller

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 07:01:18 am »
None of the ingredients I take in my medication is on the banned list. Shame they canít be clear somewhere on a website

Offline lightalltheway

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 04:12:10 pm »
Hello Global Traveller,

With reference to your question regarding Dubai, You can surely visit Dubai on a short visit, no one will ask and there is no possibility that they will ask. It never happened and it will never happen.

The issue can happen only when applying for a residency because HIV test is mandatory in this case.

Wishing you safe travels,

Offline LiveWithIt

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 10:12:00 am »
I would never voluntarily step foot in a country that makes it known that they are hostile to gay people.   I can't understand people who do. 
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Offline mecch

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2018, 10:25:53 am »
I would never voluntarily step foot in a country that makes it known that they are hostile to gay people.   I can't understand people who do.

Its a complicated question and I certainly respect any choice made. 

I had fabulous experiences many times in fundamentalist muslim countries and also its important to remember that some cultures are incredibly two-faced and in a sense hypocritical and thats just the way it is.  I met amazing open queeny gays in jeddah for example, and nobody bats an eyelash, and everyone keeps their proper "public face" on.  But then there are horror stories at the same time.   

Also the friendship between men is a whole different thing and I'm not talking about down low fuck buddies, but the quality of intimacy. It was really pleasing to me as a gay man and no sex involved.
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Offline Global traveller

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 03:56:15 pm »
Iím not gay but I understand your feelings and I know itís not good, on principal, to go to countries that restrict travellers. Half of me is against going. But Iíve met a really nice guy who is moving out there for a few years and I wanted to be able to visit him for a holiday. I havenít told him about my situation yet. I wanted to gather information about others that had maybe visited for short stays before addressing everything and having a talk  with him

Offline etaoinshrdlu

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 02:39:11 am »
You'll be fine visiting Dubai. It's one of the easier places to enter. No one quizzes you about your health or rifles through your belongings looking for shit.

In fact, during almost 20 years of international travel through 30 countries I've been stopped exactly once: Japan customs seemed convinced that I was trying to enter with pseudoephedrine in 2008. Weird.

The only place where I routinely encounter issues is trying to return to my own damn country: the USA. Not so much now that I'm in my 50s. But years ago I got pulled aside during re-entry far more than what "random" would predict. CBP just hates skinny guys with long hair, I'm convinced.

Offline an92

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Re: Dubai now - holiday
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 03:03:23 pm »
I travelled to Dubai for a business meeting several weeks ago. I had no problems at the airport. I put my pills in a 3 day pill box - so 6 pills in total.
I was nervous, but it was pointless to worry.
They donít care when they scan our bag, they didnít even look at their screen. They are only looking for weapons.
Only issue is the customs who ask to search peopleís bag at random, I just walked through and they didnít ask me.
But even if they did they wouldnít care about a few pills.
I took some other pills with me too, just in case, so that mine didnít stand out.
Thatís all.


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