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Travelling abroad with medication.
It is an individual’s responsibility to establish the rules for medication for their destination, airline and any country they are travelling through. These may all be different!
Individuals need to remember to check the rules for both prescribed AND over-the-counter medications. In some areas, common over-the-counter medications such as nasal decongestant inhalers and cough linctus are banned.
Even travelling within Europe may require some care if an individual is using controlled drugs:
Requests for extra supplies of medication for patients who wish to travel abroad
If a patient is going to be abroad for more than 3 months, all that he or she is entitled to at NHS expense is a sufficient supply of his/her regular medication to get to the destination and find an alternative supply of that medication abroad.
GPs are not responsible for the prescribing of ‘just in case’ items for conditions which may arise while abroad or traveling.
While a letter may be required for travel, this is not an NHS service. Primary Care can charge patients for the time taken to write the letter, or can decline to provide a letter and direct patients to private travel clinics for this service.
Please contact the surgery if you need any more information regarding this service.
If requesting a letter in writing you should include: