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UAE to ban body armor?

for those of us traveling in and out of afghanistan, i’ve just received this from some colleagues.

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Just received info from the US embassy in UAE. Recent changes in UAE law warrant your attention as they relate to the transportation of police equipment through the UAE. Bottom line is that violators will face prosecution and fines and the US embassy there will not intervene on your behalf. Please give this the widest possible dissemination. Please do not ad lib or edit contents below.

. all US personnel – to avoid violation of Emirati laws by the intentional or accidental transport of any arms or items considered as law enforcement equipment or military gear. UAE airport personnel will x-ray all baggage – checked or carry-on – and cargo shipments, including household goods, both incoming and outgoing. UAE authorities will confiscate any weapons, weapon parts, ammunition, body armor, handcuffs, sensitive electronics, cryptographic devices, and/or other military/police equipment transported to or through a civilian airport. Persons found to be carrying such items will be arrested and face strict criminal penalties, including imprisonment and large monetary fines . One such incident involved one bullet, found in the bag of a traveler who had unknowingly left the item in his bag. This individual was detained by the police and now faces a possible jail sentence and large monetary fine. In other similar incidents, U.S. defense contractors transiting the U.A.E. with weapons were arrested and are now serving jail sentences of several months. The following is a sampling of the types of items that are illegal in the United Arab Emirates. The list is NOT all inclusive, but does include the following: . Weapons of any type, to include guns of any type, including simulators, assembled or disassembled, in carry-on or checked baggage. . Ammunition or pyrotechnics of any type to include spent brass or casings. . Body armor, including ballistic vests and military/police helmets. . Police or law enforcement paraphernalia, including; handcuffs, flexi-cuffs, night vision goggles, gun holsters, pepper spray etc. . Military-style electronics and cryptographic devices. The smallest quantity of any of the above mentioned items can result in detention and prosecution, to include a possible jail sentence, in the United Arab Emirates.

has anyone run into problems yet? body armor has been illegal there for years, but they used to just store it in customs until your connecting flight. are they no longer going to allow even that?

by [a former member] at 2011-01-10 15:04:47 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Basetrack just had a embed travel through Dubai about a week ago with body armor with no problem – DFS charter from Bastion/Leatherneck to Dubai then civilian passenger air to Europe.

by teru kuwayama | 11 Jan 2011 13:01 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
For what it’s worth I contacted DFS middle east who do charter flights from Dubai to military bases in Afghanistan. They said it was still the normal procedure where body armour will be taken from you by security on arrival and then given back when you board your flight. Hope this helps?

by Giles Duley | 11 Jan 2011 16:01 (ed. Jan 11 2011) | london, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
As far as I know, this has actually been law for a while. My contractor friends have had their entire luggage confiscated, but it was eventually returned after several hours of “discussion”.

Most recent incident was in December.

by Humphrey Cheung | 11 Jan 2011 19:01 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I’m embedding in Afghanistan in July, 2012.
Arriving via UAE.
I can’t take the chance of not having my armor upon arriving in Afgh.
Does anyone have the latest word on this?
Also, is DFS Middle East the best option? Any idea on what they charge?
Thank you.
Nate

by Nate Howard | 23 Feb 2012 14:02 | Austin, Minnesota, United States | | Report spam→
Humphrey, from what you hear from your contractor friends, does “discussion” involve passing of some consideration? I would trust that process more than a set of written rules….

by Neal Jackson | 23 Feb 2012 18:02 | Church Hill, MD, United States | | Report spam→
Were you specifically told to bring body armor or would a vest be provided upon arrival? Many of the contracting companies issue armor/gun/mags/etc in country because Dubai just loves to confiscate stuff.

As a westerner headed to Afghanistan, it’s guaranteed that your luggage will be x-rayed and probably looked through.

If you were told to bring armor, you can probably buy it off any reporters who are leaving the area. You’ll get it for cheap because people don’t like lugging that stuff back home.

That’s what I did for the Bangkok Red Shirt riots :)

by Humphrey Cheung | 23 Feb 2012 19:02 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Unless Safi Airlines resumed their flights from Frankfurt, its usual to transit thru Dubai and they will definitely hold the luggage containing the Body Armor. If you dont freak out and are nice you wont have any issues.
I suggest breaking up the gear in a few pieces of luggage and trying to place the armor plates vertically so to be less suspicious when X Rayed.
I do not suggest buying used vests or ballistic plates from other people, they get banged up easily, especially porcelain based ones…

by Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini | 27 Feb 2012 15:02 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Last year (in Jan.) I got back from Afghanistan via Dubai and I had the body armor with me, NOT in my baggage! Everything was ok, so I can’t say anything about that. Perhaps is a new law in UAE, but we should check for an official pov.
Next time I’ll go via Istanbul, anyway. :)

by Florin Ghioca | 07 Mar 2012 06:03 | Bucharest, Romania | | Report spam→

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teru kuwayama, I/O teru kuwayama
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New York , United States
Giles Duley, Photographer Giles Duley
Photographer
London , United Kingdom
Humphrey Cheung, Freelance videographer Humphrey Cheung
Freelance videographer
(Body armor does a body good)
Los Angeles , United States
Nate Howard, Photojournalist Nate Howard
Photojournalist
(Freelance Photojournalist)
Austin, Minnesota , United States
Neal Jackson, Neal Jackson
(Flaneur, Savant and Scapegrace)
Washington, Dc , United States ( IAD )
Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini, freelance photographer/DP Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini
freelance photographer/DP
Homs , Syria
Florin Ghioca, photojournalist Florin Ghioca
photojournalist
Bucharest , Romania


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