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Medicine warning for Norfolk holidaymakers

PUBLISHED: 11:25 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 08 June 2018

Stansted Airport. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Stansted Airport. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Norfolk's holidaymakers can fly direct to Dubai from Stansted for the first time today - but be careful what medicines you take with you.

Many things from the chemist counters of Britain could get you into trouble.

Everyday medications like nasal sprays, codeine-based painkillers and smoker’s lozenges are considered controlled substances in the United Arab Emirates.

Last year a British man was detained in Dubai after carrying anti-anxiety drugs through customs.

He was eventually cleared after proving that he was on a six month voyage but not before he spent five weeks in a Dubai prison while awaiting trial.

There are currently 71 prohibited drugs on the list, check to see if your medicine is banned here: http://www.mohap.gov.ae/en/AwarenessCenter/Pages/UnauthorizedMedicines.aspx

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