Rules of Traveling with Medications

travel-with-prescriptionsTraveling with medications, medical devices, needles, and oxygen tanks may require special procedures. Know the correct protocol before you travel. There are some rules of traveling with medications that you will want to know about.


Rules of Traveling with Medications

All prescriptions medications should be kept in their original medical containers that has the doctor’s prescription printed on it. If you do not have the original containers, you should have a copy of the prescription or a letter from your doctor.

You should only bring enough for personal use, and generally no more than a 90 day supply.

Medical devices like needles and oxygen tanks (or any device that may pose a security risk) should also have a doctors note or prescription. Also consider contacting the Transportation Security Administration about any additional requirements.

A Doctor’s note is required for all medication and medical devices coming into the U.S. If you have any questions about specific medical devices or medications you’d like to bring into the United States, please contact the FDA: Division of Import Operations and Policy (301) 796-0356.

You may also want to write down the list of all medications and medical devices that you are traveling with in the event of an emergency. It will help to know what you are taking and how much is necessary for your situation. It may also help to have a list of the generic options as well.


Don’t Forget Your Passport

The most important thing to remember when traveling internationally is to bring your valid passport. Check your passport validity and make sure you have the appropriate visas as well. Know how to get your passport locally and if you need it fast, find out your passport expediting options.

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