Is my medication legal in the country that I'm travelling to?
Some medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia (such as codeine) are illegal or considered controlled substances in other countries. If you plan to take medication with you overseas, read the travel advice and check with the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you'll be visiting before you go, to make sure your medicine is legal there.
Do I need a letter from my doctor?
If you take medication overseas, you should travel with a letter from your doctor detailing any medicine that you are carrying. The letter should state:
- what the medicine is
- how much you'll be taking
- that the medicine is for your personal use or the personal use of someone with you (for example, a child)
You should leave the medicine in its original packaging so it can be easily identified.
Where can I get more information?
More information on travelling with medication is available from the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Department of Human Services.