Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Restrictions on travelling with medicines

Restrictions on the carriage of medicines (including controlled drugs) vary from country to country and travellers need to be aware of the rules that apply to the transport of medicines in and out of each country visited. There have been recent high-profile cases of British tourists who have been arrested for carrying prescribed medicines across international borders, highlighting the risks associated with travelling without appropriate authorisation.

A recent article in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (use Athens password if accessing out with NHS network) provides an overview of the national and international rules that govern the movement of medicines. The article focuses on controlled drugs, but also includes restrictions on carrying medicines on aeroplanes, and highlights areas of uncertainty.

Click here for further information from the Government on travelling with controlled drugs.


Published 22/01/19. Medicines Update blogs are correct at the time of publication.

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