Dubai Airport Customs


Information and guide to Dubai airport customs procedures. Comprehensive information about Dubai Airport Customs/Dubai International Airport Customs.


Customs at Dubai Airport

Customs officers at Dubai International Airport reserve the right to inspect any passenger鈥檚 luggage who is travelling through the airport.

If you are importing pets or domestic animals such as cats and dogs then you must ensure that you apply for and obtain an import permit from the Ministry of Environment and Water in advance.

For further details on this type of permit visit 鈥

Resident and non-resident passengers who are travelling through Dubai International are permitted to bring a maximum 3 month supply of medicine into Dubai for their personal use. However, an original prescription from a registered medical practitioner must be shown and stamped and signed by the official UAE embassy in the country of origin with details of the patient, description of disease, etc. All medications brought into Dubai should be in their original packaging and not expired.

Please note that no psychotropic medicines are allowed (even for personal use) without prior approval from the Ministry of Health, in small quantity or with prescription. Seizure of such medicines will be punishable under law.

Should you wish to contact Dubai Customs direct you can do so by contacting Dubai Customs on their Toll Free number 800 800 80.

If you are outside the UAE, please dial +971 800 800 80, fax: +971 4 345 9933. Or alternatively you can e-mail them at

Permitted Luggage & Items at Dubai Airport

Permitted Customs-Exempted Items: Passengers are permitted to bring the following items into Dubai without paying customs duty:

pale-arrow-icon Gifts whose value does not exceed AED 3,000.
pale-arrow-icon The Number of cigarettes should not exceed (400) cigarettes, (50) cigars, (500) grams of tobacco (minced or pressed for pipes), minced or pressed tobacco for smoking, tobacco or mild-tasting tobacco. Exceeding the above will be dutiable.
pale-arrow-icon The amount of alcoholic beverages and beers should not exceed 4 liters of alcohol beverages, or 2 cartons of beer (each consisting of 24 cans, not exceeding 355 ml for each can or its equivalent).

Permitted Customs-Exempted Luggage: Passenger鈥檚 personal belongings are permitted entry and shall be exempted from customs fees:
pale-arrow-icon Still and moving image video cameras with their appropriate tapes, films and accessories.
pale-arrow-icon Cash money, currencies and travelers cheques altogether less than AED 40,000 and the passenger鈥檚 age shall not be less than 18 years old.
pale-arrow-icon Radio systems, combined broadcasting apparatus, CD and DVD players with agreeable quantities.
pale-arrow-icon Agreeable quantities of projectors for displaying slides and films including accessories.
pale-arrow-icon Telescopes.
pale-arrow-icon Mobile telephone.
pale-arrow-icon Portable TV sets.
pale-arrow-icon Computers including laptops.
pale-arrow-icon Baby strollers.
pale-arrow-icon Portable music equipment.
pale-arrow-icon Sports equipment.
pale-arrow-icon Portable typing sets.
pale-arrow-icon Portable calculators.
pale-arrow-icon Disabled wheelchairs and cars.

Conditions for Exemption at Dubai Airport: The following conditions shall be in force for the Dubai Airport duty exemption for the above:

pale-arrow-icon Baggage and gifts must be of a personal nature and not in commercial quantities.
pale-arrow-icon The passenger should not be a frequent traveler with goods on a regular basis, or a member of the respective conveyance crew.
pale-arrow-icon Passengers must be above 18 years of age for carrying allowable cigarettes or alcoholic beverages into the country.
pale-arrow-icon The aforementioned conditions apply to whoever accompanies the passenger.

Banned Items at Dubai Airport

pale-arrow-icon All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc..).
pale-arrow-icon Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
pale-arrow-icon Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
pale-arrow-icon Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
pale-arrow-icon Gambling tools and machineries.
pale-arrow-icon Three layers fishing nets.
pale-arrow-icon Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
pale-arrow-icon Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
pale-arrow-icon Radiation polluted substances.
pale-arrow-icon Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stony sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
pale-arrow-icon Any other goods, the importation of which is prohibited under the authority of U.A.E. customs laws or any other laws in the country.
pale-arrow-icon Forged and duplicate currency.
pale-arrow-icon Cooked and home-made foods.

Dubai Airport Customs 鈥 Self Declaration

The following items must be declared by the passenger to the Customs officials on arrival at Dubai Airport and non declaration may be treated as smuggling which is an offence punishable by law.

pale-arrow-icon Radios, striking appliances, self-defense equipment and sharp edged knives and swords.
pale-arrow-icon Domestic pets and skins of endangered animals subject to CITES Convention (hides, ivory & stuffed animals).
pale-arrow-icon Cash money (inclusive of currencies and traveler cheques) above AED 40,000 鈥 USD 10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies.
pale-arrow-icon Films, Books, Photographs, Visual & Compact Discs even if for personal one.
pale-arrow-icon Gifts of commercial value exceeding AED 3,000/-.
pale-arrow-icon Weapons, ammunition and military equipment.
pale-arrow-icon Medicines of all kinds even if for personal use.
pale-arrow-icon Fireworks & explosives.
pale-arrow-icon Trees, plants and soil.
pale-arrow-icon Narcotics of all kinds.

Temporary Admission of Exhibition Goods at Dubai Airport

Passengers bringing goods to Dubai Airport for exhibition or trade purpose are required to submit self declaration on arrival to Dubai Airport and to keep a deposit equivalent to 5% of the CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) value of the goods.

The documents required are:

pale-arrow-icon Original invoice.
pale-arrow-icon Certificate of origin.
pale-arrow-icon Packing list.

An authorization or official confirmation letter of participation from the Exhibition host is required for the items brought for trade exhibition. The customs staff at Dubai Airport will then process a Temporary Admission Customs Bill.

Passenger Deposit Refund Procedure

On Departure, the passenger should proceed to the arrival lounge at Dubai Airport and show the Customs bills processed earlier to the security personnel to let you in to the Customs Area.

Duty Payable for Excess Quantity and Value

Excess quantity and value at Dubai Airport

Goods accompanying the passengers shall:

pale-arrow-icon Be subject for Customs duty to the quantity and value in excess of exemption as stated above pale-arrow-icon Exemption Conditions where no customs duty is paid, excess quantity shall be detained and a detained receipt will be issued to pay the required duty within 30 days from the arrival date. pale-arrow-iconpale-arrow-iconpale-arrow-icon Extending detention period is possible upon the passenger鈥檚 request and approval by Head of the Customs Center or his representative for another 30 days to clear the goods by paying the duty.
pale-arrow-icon If the prescribed period described above is elapsed, the goods will be moved to the auction shed to be sold in the public auction held by Dubai Customs.
Cash Amounts Declaration at Dubai Airport

pale-arrow-icon All passengers arriving in the country are to declare the cash amounts in their possession, which exceed AED 40,000 (Forty Thousand Dirham) or any other equivalent amount of currencies and traveler鈥檚 cheques by filling the declaration form; and any passenger whose age is less than 18 years old, should not be allowed to carry the amounts exceeding the aforementioned limit, and the amounts in his/her possession shall be added to the allowed limit of his/her legal guardian if he/she accompanies him/her

Medicines for Personal use at Dubai Airport

pale-arrow-icon Passengers (resident and non resident) can bring into the country a maximum of three months supply of medicine, for their personal use and an original prescription must be enclosed (stamped and signed by official embassy of UAE in the country of origin, with details of the patient, description of the disease 鈥tc) of registered medical practitioner. All the medications should be in original packaging and not expired. No psychotropic medicines are allowed without prior approval from the Ministry of Health ( even for personal use, in small quantity and/or with prescription. Seizure of such medicines will be punishable by law.

Dubai Customs Privileges

Customs officers have the full right to inspect any passenger鈥檚 luggage even if none of the aforementioned cases is applicable.

The following is regarded by Dubai Customs as appropriate declaration methods by the passengers of their possessions:

pale-arrow-icon Verbal declaration.
pale-arrow-icon Written or electronic declaration.

You can also reach Dubai Customs on their Toll Free number 800 800 80. If you are outside the UAE, please dial +971 800 800 80, fax: +971 4 345 9933. Or alternatively you can e-mail us at


22nd February 2020


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