UAE – Can you travel with prescription medication?

Notarisation, authentication and legalisation of medication when travelling

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we often assist people who are taking prescription medicine or drugs when they travel overseas. Planning in advance avoids any complications later on, and therefore we encourage you to read on if this applies to you.

UAEDifferent countries have different laws regarding banned drugs or illegal substances and before entering any country you must check whether your prescription medicine is allowed in that country. If you do not, you risk breaking the law of that country with unknown (and possibly severe) consequences and penalties.

Even if your prescription medicine is acceptable and widely available in Australia DO NOT assume that the same applies to other countries – especially if you are travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The UAE has clear guidelines regarding the ‘importation’ of medicine for personal use and anyone carrying medicine into the UAE must bring proof of the prescription. Proof of the prescription must be in the form of a doctor’s prescription or a report from a hospital that has been:

  1. Notarised by a notary public. Once you submit your original prescription to our notary public, we will contact the prescribing doctor or medical centre to verify the prescription before notarising it in a way that is acceptable for authentication;
  2. Authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). On receiving the notarised prescription, DFAT will confirm or ‘authenticate’ that the prescription has been properly notarised by our notary public; and
  3. Legalised by the UAE Embassy in Canberra. The UAE Embassy will confirm that DFAT has properly authenticated the notarised prescription and in doing so, legalises the authenticated and notarised prescription for use in the UAE in accordance with their local legal requirements.

To avoid unnecessary troubles or hassles when travelling to the UAE, our notary public services can assist you by helping you ensure that your prescription medicine satisfies their legal requirement to enter the UAE when you do.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2013-04-15 09:00:21 / Last edited: 2018-05-26 15:09:06