Customs regulation and transport of medicines

If you need to take medication regularly and plan to go out and travel, it is good to know what rules apply. This can also be important if you need malaria prophylaxis for a long stay in a malaria endemic area. Special rules apply to drug-classified and doping-classified drugs.

  • Bring enough medicine for the trip + a few extra weeks
  • Carry medicines in your hand luggage (for example, insulin must not freeze).
  • You must be able to show that the medicine is for personal use:
    • Store the medicines in the original packaging with a pharmacy label with your name on it
    • Bring a prescription or a doctor’s certificate
  • Most countries accept 3-month medicines for their own use. Medicines for personal use for longer stays require a medical certificate “Medical certificate for carrying of medication” from your doctor. It is important that the medicine is listed with its generic name.
  • If you use drug-classified medicines and travel within Schengen, you can obtain a Schengen certificate from the pharmacy. If you travel to a non-Schengen country, you need a certificate from your doctor.
  • Inform yourself in well in advance before traveling about the customs regulations for each individual country.


For customs clearance by country:


More detailed tips can be found at 1177 or at Apoteket.