The UAE has implemented a ban on Khas Khas (also known as posta or white poppy seeds), which are often used to enhance the taste of dishes in Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
This ban extends to the import, production, export, transport, sale, possession, and storage of the substance.
- Violation of this ban falls under Federal Law No. 14 of 1995, which criminalizes activities involving narcotic and psychotropic substances.
- The penalty for such a violation could result in a jail term of up to 20 years.
- Several individuals have faced legal action due to this ban.
- A notable case involved an Indian from Mangalore who was arrested at Dubai International Airport.
- Customs inspectors seized 102.5g of poppy seeds from his luggage, resulting in his arrest.
- Anyone planning to travel to the UAE is advised to avoid bringing Khas Khas with them due to the severe legal penalties that could result from its possession.
- It is important to note that laws in the UAE may differ significantly from those in other countries, including those relating to substances that are commonly used in cooking.
- Travelers should ensure that they are familiar with UAE laws to avoid inadvertently breaking them.