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Travelling to the UAE? Don’t bring your CBD!

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.

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.”

British tourist gets 10-year sentence for bringing CBD oil into Dubai

The woman will have another opportunity to appeal the ruling in Dubai’s Cessation Court

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    A British tourist has had her 10-year sentence upheld on appeal after she was arrested for smuggling 4.4 kg of CBD oil via the Dubai International Airport.

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    British tourist gets 10-year sentence for bringing CBD oil into Dubai Back to video

    The 31-year-old woman was arrested in April 2019 carrying 307 pods of cannabidiol (CBD), a psychoactive but non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant. Authorities also discovered 1.4 grams of cocaine in her possession.

    The tourist was originally sentenced by the Dubai Court of First Instance to 10 years’ incarceration, followed by deportation and a fine of Dh50,000 (about $17,956).

    The woman through her lawyer appealed the sentence, arguing that she was unaware that CBD is illegal in the United Arab Emirates and that coupled with the fact that she did not try to hide the pods is indicative of a lack of criminal intent.

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    The woman will have another opportunity to appeal the ruling in Dubai’s Cessation Court over the next 30 days.

    Despite the fact that there have been police warnings and advisories issued regarding travel with CBD, there have been numerous instances in which tourists — many British, American and Canadian — have encountered legal issues abroad as a result of contention that they failed to confirm the legal status of the substance before trying to cross the border.

    Over the past year, two Americans have also been arrested at Dubai International Airport with cannabis products. / Photo: Gleti / iStock / Getty Images Plus Photo by Gleti / iStock / Getty Images Plus

    “Marijuana oil or cannabidiol, known as CBD, is spreading in the first quarter of 2019,” Brigadier Eid Thani Hareb, director of the Anti-Narcotics Department for the Dubai Police, told the 14th Hemaya International Forum and Exhibition last April.

    “It can be used through vaping devices and we have witnessed a huge increase in the number of people being arrested this year in comparison to last,” he said.

    Over the past year, two Americans have also been arrested at Dubai International Airport with cannabis products.

    The Dubai Customs’ Passenger Operations Department of Dubai Customs reported a significant increase in the seizure of cannabis products, up from seven in the first quarter of 2018 to 87 in the first quarter of 2019.

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