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Can You Take Medication With You On Holidays Abroad?

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There is a lot to think about when it comes to planning a holiday. You’ll need to book travel and accommodation and you’ll need to pack all your clothes and essentials. Your health is something you need to consider when travelling, but unfortunately, it’s something that many people overlook.

Let’s say you have a holiday coming up, but you have been prescribed medication from Anytime Doctor. Will you be able to take your medicine on holiday with you? How does this work? Let’s find out.

Where Are You Going?

When it comes to taking medication abroad, the most important thing to think about is your destination. Every country has different rules regarding visitors bringing in medication, so checking this ahead of time will help you better understand what to expect.

For example, countries in Europe have significantly different rules regarding medications compared to countries in the Middle East, some of which have completely banned what we consider to be fairly standard medicines.

Check the official government and travel websites of your chosen destination and you’ll be able to find lists of prohibited items, including medicines. It’s essential that you do this as soon as possible, as you may have to make changes to your travel plans.

Tips for Travelling with Medicines

If you have checked ahead and confirmed that your destination does not prohibit the medicines you need, next you need to think about how to actually travel with your medicine.

First and foremost, make sure you have enough medicine to last for the duration of your trip. You should aim to bring more than you need, as you cannot be certain you’ll be able to get more if you need to.

Always carry your medicine in its original packaging, with all labels and paperwork intact. You should also always travel with your medicine in your hand luggage. This means you will not go without it if your baggage gets lost in transit.

Airlines have strict rules regarding liquids, so if your medicine comes in liquid form and you need to travel with over 100mls, you must speak to your airline ahead of time to make the necessary arrangements.

Travel Advice for People with Health Conditions

If the medicine you are travelling with is to treat an ongoing health condition, there are certain things you need to take into consideration before you set off on your trip.

First things first, speak to your doctor. They will be able to offer you advice and guidance before you head off on holiday and can help you better understand how to look after your health while you are away.

You should also do some research ahead of time to learn more about your chosen destination. Healthcare services abroad can be difficult to access, so make sure you are aware of how to get help should you need it.

You’re also going to need insurance, as healthcare can be extremely costly abroad. Make sure you take out an insurance policy before you set off.


You can take medication with you on holiday, but doing so involves lots of planning and preparation. Make sure you know exactly what the rules and regulations are to keep yourself safe and healthy on your trip.

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