Health Advice

Travelling with Medication

Those with existing medical conditions who require regular medication should be aware there are restrictions on many flights around the world regarding this. It is important you are clear about the restrictions, so you can plan ahead for your stay.

Since some airlines can vary, we would advise you to check with your airline company regarding any individual circumstances, to ensure you are fully informed.

The Chief Medical Officer in the UK has issued a procedure for those taking medication on flights.

  • It states that travellers should be discouraged from taking medication onto flights unless it is for the immediate journey.
  • It also advises that all extra supplies of medication, for the duration of your stay, should be placed in the hold luggage.
  • Powders or tablets can be carried in the hand luggage at weights of up to 50g.
  • Any liquids, creams or gel can be carried in the hand luggage up to sizes of 50ml.
  • If the amount is larger than 50mls you must be willing to sample the medication at the airport in front of staff to demonstrate it’s safety. This will also apply for adults who are carrying their child’s medicine.
  • You may also want to bring along with you a prescription from your doctor stating the amounts and names of medication prescribed to you, for extra verification at the airport should you be asked.
  • For more information and for the latest information and restrictions, visit the DOH website.

If you are a diabetic you should first try to get an exemption certificate from the airline you are travelling with. In order to obtain this certificate, you will need to ask your GP to write a letter stating you are diabetic and will require insulin at regular intervals.

Your airline will be able to advise you further if you need to be made aware of any particular measurement guidelines, or advice on how to pack and store needles safely.