Medications & Travelling Abroad

            Travelling abroad can be stressful for some, particularly when it comes to packing for the trip itself. Knowing what to bring, how much of it to bring, and what you’ll actually use in the first place is something that many people struggle with. We all have either overpacked or just not packed enough at some point in our lives! When it comes to your medications, knowing how and where to pack them when you’re travelling abroad can be tricky. What are you allowed to bring with you? Are there restrictions? What are the rules? Keep reading to find out!

Be aware of liquid restrictions.

            When passing through airport security, there are restrictions for how much liquid items you are allowed to have with you in your carry-on baggage. In most cases, travellers are limited to containers that have 100 mL or less of liquid in them. This goes for any makeup, soaps, hygiene items, and even medications. If the liquid exceeds 100 mL, you are generally required to place those items into your checked baggage.  When your medication is in a liquid form, it is important to be aware of these restrictions. If your bottle of medication is more than 100 mL and you need to have it with you on the plane, be sure to bring a prescription or a letter from your GP stating that you need said medication with you.

Know when to ask for special permissions.

            If you need something like an inhaler, an oxygen tank, or insulin, there is a chance you will not be allowed to bring them onboard the aircraft without asking for special permissions beforehand. You can almost guarantee that you will be questioned about these items, so its good to be prepared so that you can have the things you need during your flight. Make sure to notify the airline you are flying with during booking in order to ensure you have the things you need and that you are able to have enough time in the airport to get to where you need to be on time. It also is helpful to have some form of letter from your GP in order to have further proof when going through customs.

Understand the rules when it comes to controlled substances.

            Controlled substances are types of drugs that are regulated by the government due to the greater likelihood of misuse. This includes medications such as Vicodin, Xanax, and codeine. These sorts of medications are commonly misused and distributed illegally. If you are medically required to take a controlled substance you will need proof of this in order to bring them into another country. In some cases, a simple prescription and letter from a GP will be enough to allow you to bring the medications with you on your journey. However, in other cases, you may be required to obtain a license to have the medication with you. If you need to take some form of a controlled substance because of a condition you have, be sure to inquire about the travel requirements for the place you are visiting at least 2 weeks before your departure to ensure you have enough time to do the proper paperwork.

Be aware of regulations on certain medications in other countries.

            It is important to be aware that just because a medication that you take in your country is legal, it may be illegal in another. Some medications are perfectly fine to bring along on your travels without any documentation, while others require much more. In some cases, you may not be able to bring the medication at all. If you are travelling abroad and are concerned about this, it is best to check with the embassy of the country you are planning to visit. They will be able to provide you with the specific rules, regulations, guidelines, and requirements in order for you to bring your medication with you on your trip.

Need more support?

            If you or the person you care for is planning to travel abroad but you’re worried about how bringing the medications you need will work, don’t worry! Feel free to contact us via live chat by clicking the ask button or give us a call at 01284 333 035. You can also find more condition-specific information about travelling abroad with medications by clicking here.