Not all countries allow stimulant medications, so it's crucial to be aware of the regulations in your destination country!
If you're planning to travel internationally with your ADHD or other controlled medications, there are some important things to keep in mind as bringing your medication legally often requires the right documentation. Some countries may require special permits or approvals for controlled substances.
To ensure your journey is smooth and safe, consider these steps:
- Contact the embassy or consulate of the country you're visiting to understand their rules for bringing in controlled medications. There is potential for permits being required for admission - we recommend doing this a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks in advance.
- Obtain the necessary documentation from your healthcare provider, like prescriptions and/or travel letters explaining your need for the medication. Please submit a request for a travel letter at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance to allow your Nurse Practitioner ample time to complete this for you.
* Please note, some destinations will not accept a Nurse Practitioner letter and require a Primary Care Provider (Doctors) letter.
- Keep your medication in its original packaging with clear labels showing the prescription information.
- Transport your medications and documentation in a carry on bag. When going through customs, be ready to declare your controlled substance medication and show the required documents.
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations around controlled substances to ensure you remain compliant during your stay.
- While abroad, if out and about with your medication, always carry with you a copy of your prescription and/or letter from your healthcare provider explaining your medication's details and why you need it.
* We recommend only taking with you the amount of medication required for the duration of your stay.
Remember, it's essential to be fully prepared and follow the rules to have a safe and enjoyable trip!