CAIRO: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned Egyptians travelling to Qatar or Thailand against taking banned drugs or over-limit tobacco in compliance with both countries’ laws, read a Sunday statement on the ministry’s Facebook page.
Citizens who are traveling to Qatar are warned against carrying banned drugs, whatever the quantity or even if they were prescribed for the purpose of medical treatment, as “this does not reduce the punishment to be imposed on the holders,” said Assistant to the Foreign Minister Amr Moawad in the statement.
The drugs cited in the statement include Tramadol, Lyrica (pregabalin,) Alprazolam, LSD “Albarquenol,” Remeron and others.
Moawad also warned Egyptians wishing to travel to Thailand against carrying over-limit tobacco, as the law allows “up to 250 grams of cigarettes” and that “the Thai authorities deem those who violate these instructions as smugglers and require them to pay a large fine estimated at U.S. $480 for each [dozen of cigarette packs,) and confiscate the excess amounts.”
The ministry’s warning aims to “raise the awareness of citizens travelling abroad, and to avoid any violations that could make them subject to suspension, imprisonment, deportation or losing jobs,” read the statement.