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Author Topic: Meds and baggage control on airports  (Read 1420 times)

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Offline fabio

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Meds and baggage control on airports
« on: December 14, 2018, 11:22:09 am »
Is there some way to get your meds through without telling airport control what it's for? I want to go visit my brother in the UK next year and I'm really worried.
Plus I want to be able to travel on other places for fun...

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2018, 11:30:37 am »
Always in hand luggage, never carried more than 60 days worth

I travel to the US, EU & UK a dozen times a year for work and I bring my medication with me, in the original packaging. Also I bring a Doc note simply outlining what medication i am taking with me and that it's for "a medical condition" so non-specific. 

Never had any problems or issues at all, never was asked what the pills are for.  Only once did customs ask me to show them the bottle and the only reason was I had left the bottle of meds in my pocket (jacket) instead of my carry on bag and i was randomly frisk searched. I gave him the bottle, he looked (glanced at it) and gave it back, he just wanted to know what was in my pocket.

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2018, 11:34:07 am »
Plenty of threads on the "customs" at airports.
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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 12:42:07 pm »
Thank you so much :). I will probably ask the doc what letter I need and if I need to translate that as well. Thanks again :)

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 02:26:38 pm »
In the US, customs officials have a computer program that can identify what a pill is based on the color and inscriptions on the pill.  Offficers use this when they encounter pills that are not in a bottle during a luggage search.  If it were me, i would carry the original pill bottles with me on in my carry-on luggage when traveling into a "Friendly" country.  When traveling into an "Unfriendly" country such as Dubai for instance, i would just keep my meds in a pill reminder container.  I also wouldn't have a large amount of meds with me, only the required amount, plus a few days extra.  Just my 2 cents, coming from a frequent world traveler that has friends in the airlines and customs fields in US.  Cheers

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 03:11:41 pm »
Thank you so much :). I will probably ask the doc what letter I need and if I need to translate that as well. Thanks again :)

You're welcome.

Look unless you have rediculas amounts with you they are hardly going to care. The original packaging & letter is a just encase they ask, I never had to use it but I have it to cover my ass and I travel all over the world for work.

The UK is not a HIV hostile nation, so safe travels.
Although you might want to bring food and water with you the way things with britexit are going ;D

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2018, 09:53:14 am »
Speaking on this topic.  I travel all over the US via commercial and GA never had an issue.  I have not been international since I was diagnosed however.  Any truth about travel restrictions?  I hope not there are a fair few countries on my bucket list still.  Also regarding carrying drugs is it advisable to carry a care letter (doctor's note)?
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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2018, 10:13:46 am »
You can check here: http://www.hivtravel.org

There are a few uptight nations but vast majority are cool.

The letter is just backup encase anyone ever asks why you have meds with you, i.e is it personal use for a medical condition but I would always recommend checking before travel because some nations are funny about it

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2018, 02:31:16 pm »
Thanks for the link very informative.
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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2018, 08:53:08 pm »
Although what sucks is that in my country (Greece),even though meds are free,you can't take more than one bottle per month. So the people in the unit advised me to start the pills at least 11 days late so I can have 11 days of leftovers.
I guess I will have to plan my trip when I get the new pill box (every first of the month).
Man,it's things like this that make me feel so secluded......

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2018, 08:55:32 pm »
Certainly I will have my brother pay the food and drinks hehe. I am the younger brother after all 😉😉

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2018, 12:04:33 am »
I plan to visit Geneva Switzerland for work in Jan 2019 and would be there for 6 months. I plan to carry my medication for the duration along with valid prescription. Would that be an issue?

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2018, 12:40:09 am »
http://www.hivtravel.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryId=171

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Antiretroviral medication can be imported for personal use. It is recommended to carry a prescription.

Unless anyone has a better answer or information, Personally I would urge on the side of caution since its 6 months worth, I mean it can't hurt to check ahead of time with the local ASO if they know the answer to this question.

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2018, 06:09:48 pm »
Does this happen often at airports? That medication bottles are examined durint security checks? That seems invasive. They shouldn't be allowed to ask what it's for. They should only check if your name is on the label.


This is why I hope they make injectable meds available in countries that do not have good privacy laws.

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2018, 06:28:28 pm »
They could ask just about anything at customs, however I've personally speaking never been asked what the pills are for and the letter from the doctor just says the name of the medication and that it's for personal treatment.

Bejond the point of it being legal or not I doubt customs care and they see millions of people upper year however it's easily enough for them to check what it's for without having to ask if they wanted
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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2018, 07:30:40 am »
I travel a lot for work. Always have my meds in my hand baggage. Depending on how long I plan to be away I may have 6 bottles of pills. I take a two pull regime, bag is always x rayed at transit points and check in points. In the past 2 1/2 years I have never had an issue.
That would be in Asian, European and African countries. Unless you have something show up on the X Ray I think you will never be stopped. Even in Gabon where they manually search every bag they never once questioned the pills, just not what they look for.
I do have a note from the hospital but have never had to show it yet.

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2019, 11:10:29 am »
Well, I guess they could technically ask, but you shouldn't be required to answer what it's for.

So, Jim you take a letter from your doctor for your meds? I'm taken a back by all of this. I guess I took American privacy culture regarding medical issues for granted.

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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2019, 11:33:21 am »
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So, Jim you take a letter from your doctor for your meds? I'm taken a back by all of this. I guess I took American privacy culture regarding medical issues for granted.

Yeah, it's just a letter saying I take XYZ medication, dosage Y daily for personal treatment and doctors stamp /contact details.

Never needed it but when traveling with pills accross multiple borders a year it's just encase I'm asked.

Personally i do not think privacy is violated if someone was to ask me what drugs are you bringing into the country. If they advertised it after asking or announced it over the public intercom than sure ... Now if customs could never ask just because of privacy regulations than dope dealers globally would be sticking all sorts in pills / pill shaped drugs into bottles and booking flights ;)

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Re: Meds and baggage control on airports
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2019, 04:44:23 pm »
http://www.hivtravel.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryId=171

Unless anyone has a better answer or information, Personally I would urge on the side of caution since its 6 months worth, I mean it can't hurt to check ahead of time with the local ASO if they know the answer to this question.

Jim

As an update I am currently in Geneva, carried with me 6 month of supplies with  doctor prescription and my blood reports. No questions asked at the airport.

 


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