Travelling to Oman? Ministry releases new guidelines
Travelers to Oman must carry these documents.
According to a document released by the Oman Ministry of Health, travelers to the country must now carry relevant documents if they are travelling with controlled or even prescribed medicines.
According to the Times of Oman, travellers carrying medicinal products containing narcotics or psychotropics must show a valid prescription that contains the date of issue, all of the patient's relevant information and the signature and stamp of the prescribing doctor. The medicine's quantity cannot exceed six months' worth.
Travellers should also carry a medical report from the institution where the patient is getting treated and it should not exceed six months from the date of issue. The medical report should include all the patient's relevant information including name, age, medical diagnosis, names and strength and dosage of medical product and lastly the total quantity of each medicine.
Travellers must carry a copy of their passport or personal ID. Approval will only be granted if the medication is sufficient for one month use and should be strictly for personal use. In case the quantity exceeds the quantity for approval, the patient will be required to visit a health establishment in the Sultanate to ensure that the medicine is still needed and in the event that it is, a prescription will be issued for the same medicine or its registered alternative.
An authorization letter should be produced. If the medication is brought in by a patient's relative, a copy of ID and written authorization from the patient will be required.
This is applicable to all the visitors or expatriates, approval will be granted for the intended stay or for a maximum of one month. Should the quantity imported exceed the approved amount, excess medication will be destroyed under the supervision of the Department of Drug Control.
Regarding products not containing any narcotic/psychotropic substances, it is still necessary to carry a medical report and approval will be granted for quantities sufficient for a maximum of three months.
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