It’s sometimes hard to know the rules about travelling with CBD, but one thing is certain: don’t bring any of your CBD-infused products to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). That’s the message that’s been sent out by the British Government for anyone travelling to the UAE from the UK, as this is a country with a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drugs. Even though, as we all know by now, CBD and cannabis are two very different compounds, they are treated as one in the UAE, so whether you’ve taken a CBD vape or body lotion, you could be in for trouble.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned that: “some skincare products and E-cigarette refills may contain ingredients that are illegal in the UAE, such as CBD oil.” With CBD-infusions making their way into everything from make up, body products, soaps and even lipsticks, it’s worth giving your suitcase an extra once-over if you’re planning a UAE trip – as even a tiny amount can lead to a hefty four-year prison sentence! There are similarly strict rules about alcohol consumption there too, although many hotels, restaurants and clubs tend to relax this policy.
The UAE is a massively popular destination for tourists, attracting a whopping 15.79m visitors last year, up by 6.2 per cent from the previous year. It’s made up of seven independent city-states including Abu Dhabi, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah, Ajman, Ra’s al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Dubai.
Want to know more about the rules of flying with CBD products? Check out our handy guide: https://elixinol.eu/en/blog/can-you-take-cbd-oil-in-your-hand-luggage-in-the-uk/