Taking medication abroad
If you are taking medication, make sure you take the right amount on your trip. There are some other things to consider too.
Taking medication with you
If you are taking medication with you on a trip or holiday:
- make sure that you have enough for your whole stay - and an extra supply in case of delays or emergencies
- get a letter from your doctor to say that you need the medication and keep a list in case you lose it or need to get more during your stay
- list the proper names of the medication - not just the trade names
- keep it in its original packaging
- keep a written record with you of any medical condition affecting you, such as diabetes or haemophilia
- Your local doctor (GP) (health and well-being section)
If you are flying
An airline is entitled to demand that a passenger travels with a companion if the passenger is not self-sufficient. This includes being able to administer your own medicines and medical procedures.
Don't claim that you are self-sufficient if you are not. You may cause yourself and the airline serious problems because they will be unable to meet your basic needs.
Always pack your medication in your hand luggage where possible, in case your main luggage goes missing.
Medication and other countries
There may be restrictions on taking medication into the country. You will need to check with the Embassy or High Commission of the country you are visiting.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is responsible for foreign affairs. The travel section of their website contains information for anyone planning a trip overseas and has information by country.