Traveling with Medications

Traveling with MedicationsTraveling with medications, medical devices, needles, or oxygen tanks may require special procedures.

Know the correct protocol before you travel, as there are rules of traveling with medications.

Rules of Traveling with Medications

All prescriptions medications must be kept in their original medical containers along with a doctor’s orders on it.

In the event you do not have the original containers, be sure to attach a copy of the prescription or a letter from your doctor.

Generally, you should only bring enough for personal use, and no more than a 90-day supply.

NOTE: Medical devices such as needles and oxygen tanks, or any device that may pose a security risk also require a doctor’s note and/or prescription.

Also, you may want to get in touch with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to inquire about any additional requirements.

TIP: You may also want to write down a list of all medications and medical devices in your baggage, in the event of an emergency. It will be a helpful reminder of what you are taking and how much is necessary for your situation. Additionally, it may also help to note the generic options as well.

Traveling to the U.S. with Medications?

TSA will require a doctor’s note for any and all medications or medical devices coming into the United States.

For further information about the medical devices or medications you’d like to bring into the United States, please contact the FDA Division of Import Operations and Policy at (301) 796-0356.

Don’t Forget Your Passport

Bringing your valid passport is the most important thing to remember when traveling internationally. Find out how to get a new passport, renew a passport, or replace a lost or stolen passport.

Also, check your passport validity to ensure you have the proper visas.

Know how to get your passport locally and if you need it fast, learn more about your passport expediting options.

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