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Travelling With Prescription Medicine

Many countries around the world have strict laws on the importation of drugs, both legal and illegal, so it's important to research the requirement prior to heading away on vacation overseas. Always comply with any requirements set down by the government regulations imposed for the importation of prescription medicines.

The Bali Tourism Board provides visitors with a access to a list of prohibited and restricted items banned from entering the country of Indonesia.

Some prescription medicines including strong painkillers such as morphine and codeine, sleeping pills and medications for ADHD are considered illegal narcotics under Indonesian law.

Other medications including as paracetamol, antidiarrhoeals and antibiotics won't be a problem. If you are concerned about your medication check with the Indonesian Embassy.

Below is a compilation of a number of items for consideration when traveling with medications, they include:

  • Always carry enough medication in your carry-on luggage in the event of delayed or lost checked luggage.

  • Additionally, always retain an ample supply of prescription medication to allow for any possible travel delays.

  • Ensure prescriptions are transported in hand luggage and the prescription labels match the passengers boarding pass.

  • Do not carry prescription medicine that is not in your own name unless it is for an accompanying traveler.

  • Ensure all medicines are transported in their original packaging in order to reduce the risk of potential problems with overseas customs officials on arrival or departure from a country.

  • Before leaving on vacation, check the expiry dates on all medication you intend to travel with.

  • Travelers with chronic medical conditions should carry a doctors letter listing prescribed medications along with any important details of their health condition.

  • Medication requiring refrigeration will not generally be stored by the airline on which you are boarding during the flight.

  • Remember to take medication for any condition that may currently not be a problem, as the environment you intend on visiting may cause a condition to reoccur - such as asthma.

  • When traveling the skies some countries have a 100ml limit when carrying liquids in hand luggage. In most countries, liquid prescription medicine is generally exempt however you may need a letter from a medical practitioner or approval from the airline or departure airport.

  • Countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States have these restrictions in place, so be aware of the requirements and exemptions of not only your departing country but also any stopover or destination countries.

  • If you are purchasing medicines overseas get advice from a reputable pharmacist as brand and generic names may vary greatly overseas. Counterfeit drugs are not uncommon. Never purchase drugs or medicines from street vendors or from local markets.