Check out The NHS website for information & advice regarding taking medicine abroad.
Travellers are advised to check the Foreign Common Wealth Office (FCO) website’s:
- Travel Advice Pages for destination countries
- TravelHealthPro website, which was set up by the Department of Health
Please be aware that some medication may contain ingredients that are considered illegal in other countries.
The FCO recommends that you check with the Embassy of the country you’re going to for advice on the legal status of specific medications.
The GOV.UK website has a full list of foreign embassies in the UK.
It’s your responsibility to ensure medication is not prohibited in your final destination.
If a customer on the booking is carrying a controlled substance then that customer’s Doctor will need to complete a Controlled Substances Form which must be taken to the airport.
Travellers carrying syringes and/or needles must carry a doctor’s note or a repeat prescription as confirmation of medical requirement.
It is recommended that you carry enough medical supplies to cover use in-flight, plus sufficient for 2-3 days use upon arrival. The remainder should be packed in the hold, (the temperature of which is maintained between 4 and 5 degrees centigrade)
Have a letter from your GP confirming the name & type of medication being carried, with prescribed doses. The letter should state what the medication is for and any other medical items required. For example, syringes or EpiPens, that might otherwise be questioned by local security or customs
The medication should be in its original packaging, clearly pharmaceutically labelled identifying it as prescribed & belonging to you.
It is advisable to obtain a repeat prescription from your GP & take this with you when you travel abroad so that medication can be replaced in event of loss, damage or having insufficient supplies.