Prohibited and Restricted Goods


There are certain goods that cannot be imported, exported or transited or that require permits from the competent authority. The restrictions and prohibitions of goods are determined in accordance with GCC Customs Tariff Codes. The classified Goods under those Customs tariff codes will require a permit while submitting the online Customs Declarations.

Banned Items:

  1. All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc..).
  2. Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
  3. Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
  4. Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
  5. Gambling tools and machineries.
  6. Three layers fishing nets.
  7. Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
  8. Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
  9. Radiation polluted substances.
  10. Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stony sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
  11. 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.
  12. Forged and duplicate currency.
  13. Cooked and home-made foods.

Please see the table below for permitting authorities and the goods categories for permit requirement.

Controlling Authorities ​Goods Categories

Ministry Of Environment And Water

Live Animals and product of animal origin

Ministry Of Interior

Explosives, Arms, Ammunitions and their parts / accessories

Dubai Municipality

Vegetable Product, Prepared Food Stuff, Products of Chemical

Dubai Police

Alcoholic beverages

Ministry Of Economy

Industrial Raw Materials

Ministry Of Health

Pharmaceutical products and Medical/ Surgical instrumental and apparatus

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology

Tires/Drinking Water

National Media Council

Printed books, newspapers and similar products, Work Art, collectors “Pieces and Antiques”


Pearls, Diamonds, Rough Diamonds etc.

General Secretariat Of Municipalities

Lasers, Dangerous waste.

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Telecommunication equipment

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation

Nuclear reactors and Radio Transmitters.

H.Q. Coast Guard Group

Boats, Cruise Ships etc.