Caution – Travelling to UAE

In fact, at the outbound immigration counter at Bangalore International Airport, there is an inconspicuous warning board cautioning passengers to UAE – about these facts.

The essential facts extracted  are as follows:

A person was traveling to UK via Dubai . He was carrying a packet of Khas Khas which is a commonly used spice in some Indian curries and sweets. Khas Khas is also known as poppy seed which can be sprouted to grow narcotics (opium etc.).

This innocent person did not know that recently the laws in UAE and other Gulf countries have been revised and that carrying Khas Khas is punishable with minimum 20 years of imprisonment or even worse with death penalty . Currently, the person is in a jail in Dubai for the last two weeks. His friends are frantically trying hard for his release but are finding that this has become a very very serious case. Lawyers are asking huge fees amounting to AED 100,000 even to appear in the court to plead for his innocence.

Do not carry even minutest quantities of the following items when traveling to Gulf countries:
1. Khas Khas whether raw, roasted or cooked.
2. Paan
3. Beetle nut (supari and its products, e.g. Paan Parag etc.)

The penalties are very severe.

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