Travelling Abroad with Medication

National Travel Health Network Advice

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have produced a fact sheet to assist travellers who need to carry medication with them, as some drugs that are legal in the UK may be banned in other countries. For example – codeine-based medicines which can currently be bought from UK chemists are prohibited in some countries.

International rules for carrying medicines vary from country to country and in some cases certain medicines can not be imported, or require official documents, such as a doctor’s letter, to prove that the drugs have been prescribed by a doctor and obtained legally.

Customers who need to travel with medication are advised to contact the relevant embassy or high commission of their chosen destination to check what the medication transportation rules are before they travel. 

A copy of the NaTHNaC fact sheet on medication can be accessed via this link. http://www.nathnac.org/travel/factsheets/Medication.htm

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