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Medications and travelling

Updated: Jul 7, 2018

There has been much scaremongering over the rules with medications in Egypt, with press and social media not really helping travellers to understand the rules.

You can carry medications in your hand luggage or in your hold case. Personally I prefer to put them in my hand luggage as I wouldn't want to take the risk of them being lost. For most medications you do not need to take a doctors letter but if you feel uneasy about this you can simply take a copy of your repeat prescription and show this to customs if they stop you for any reason.

For general medications there is no need to worry about being stopped, most over the counter medication and prescription medication is fine however there are certain medications banned in Egypt; Laura Plummer's case became media worthy following her decision to take a large quantity of pain killers namely tramadol to Egypt. The banned medication led to her being imprisoned and caused a fright for travellers who are regularly prescribed the medication. Tramadol is widely prescribed in the UK, but in Egypt it is considered a controlled drug as would be any medication containing Opiods. Permission is required from Egypt’s Ministry of Health prior to travelling. “If you arrive in Egypt without this permission and the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed into the country and you may be prosecuted.”

Check if your medicine contains a controlled drug

Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine contains a controlled drug.

You can also check the drugs listed on the packaging of your medicine and search for them on the controlled drugs list. The list doesn’t give names of medicines, only drugs that are used in medicines.

If your medicine contains a drug listed as schedule 2, 3 or 4 on the controlled drugs list, you need to either:

  • prove it is prescribed to you

  • get a licence - if you’re travelling for at least 3 months or carrying enough to last you that long

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