If you take medication on a regular basis, or have other health concerns, you may need to do some research before departing.
- How much medication can you bring with you? Is it legal in the country you are visiting? Will you need a doctor’s note?
- Do you need to find a health care provider while overseas to have check-ups? Where can you do this, will your insurance pay for it, and will you be able to communicate in your language?
- Can you purchase over-the-counter medications while you’re abroad or will you need to pack them? Are they legal as over-the-counter medications in the country you’re visiting?
- If your medication needs refrigerated, how will you transport it?
- To avoid problems when passing through customs, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Bring copies of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs. If a medication is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting to your need to take the drug. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel.
- Get any immunization shots you need before departing. Consider hepatitis, HPV, and influenza vaccines among other. Consult your family nurse or physician.