Important Information for Travellers Taking Medication

If you are someone who regularly takes medication and are planning to travel, it’s crucial to prepare well in advance. Follow these key points to ensure a smooth and safe trip:

1. Medical Check-up: Before traveling, schedule a medical check-up to discuss your fitness for travel. This is an opportunity to optimise your medication and ensure you have an adequate supply for the trip, including provisions for possible travel delays or lost luggage.

2. Packaging and Documentation: Carry your medication in its original pharmacy packaging, along with a copy of your prescription and a letter from your prescriber. Keep your medication in your hand luggage, and consider carrying some extra in your checked luggage.

3. Check Destination Regulations: Different countries have varying rules regarding medication entry. Some countries may not allow certain types of medicines, while others require specific permissions. Even over-the-counter medications in the UK might have restrictions elsewhere. Check with the foreign embassy in the UK or use other resources to understand the regulations for your destination.

4. Controlled Drugs: If you are carrying controlled drugs, which include medications like cannabis, diazepam and morphine, you may need an export license when transporting a three-month supply or more into or out of the UK. Apply for the license at least 10 days before you travel. For shorter trips, carry a letter from your GP or prescriber detailing the medicines.

5. Medication Legality: Keep in mind that the legal status of your medication may differ outside the UK. Be aware of the rules and regulations of the countries you will be visiting. It can be helpful to contact the consulate or embassy of the destination country for information.

6. Beware of Falsified Drugs: Some regions have a higher risk of counterfeit or fake drugs, which can pose serious health risks. Additionally, the internet can be a platform for the sale of products with false claims of miracle cures for various illnesses. Exercise caution and avoid purchasing medications from unreliable sources.

During your trip, remember to:
  • Have appropriate travel health insurance that covers pre-existing illnesses and includes repatriation.
  • Carry enough medication for the entire trip, considering potential delays or lost luggage.
  • Check airline regulations, especially regarding liquids in hand luggage.
  • Ensure your medication is correctly labeled and in its original packaging.
  • Make prior arrangements with the airline if you need to travel with items like medical devices.
  • Store medication properly, especially if temperature control is required.
  • Carry copies of all prescriptions and a letter from your prescriber with generic names for the medications.

If you need medication while abroad, consult a pharmacy or healthcare provider for guidance. Keep in mind that the appearance and name of your prescribed medication may vary in other countries, and the active ingredients might differ.

After your trip, if you required additional medication supplies or started new medication abroad, it’s recommended to see your regular doctor for follow-up. If you feel unwell after traveling, seek advice from your GP or pharmacist.

Remember To Prioritise Your Health And Be Well-Prepared When Traveling With Medication 

& Declare Medication Where Required.

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LAST UPDATED 01/04/2024

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