United Arab Emirates Import Restrictions

In order to enter United Arab Emirates, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of United Arab Emirates government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the United Arab Emirates, and which items need special documentation before exporting to United Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from United Arab Emirates authorities before posting:


  • Animals and animal products
  • Anti-parasite products
  • Films
  • Medical products
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Publications and books
  • Substances sent for medical examination or analysis.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial articles that exceed 500-dirhamsin value require:

  • original invoices, with a full list of contents, endorsed by a consul of the United Arab Emirates
  • an authenticated Certificate Of Origin
  • a certificate of exemption, if applicable.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, United Arab Emirates prohibits:

  • Animals, live
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Carbon paper
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Fruit and nuts
  • Ivory
  • Insecticides, agriculture
  • Inorganic and organic chemicals
  • Live animals
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Oil cloth
  • Oiled paper
  • Miscellaneous chemical products
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Pearls, cultured, imitated or artificial
  • Printed books, newspapers and pictures- offensive by nature
  • Pork and pork products
  • Prepared foodstuffs
  • Photographic or cinematographic products
  • Raw hides and skins
  • Residue/waste from the food industry
  • Weapons and parts thereof.

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.

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