There are drugs that are perfectly legal in this country that could get you in big trouble if you enter other countries with them.

Holidaymakers could unwittingly end up behind bars in some countries for visiting with certain over-the-counter medicines.

 

With the much publicised case of British tourist Laura Plummer, who was taking the painkiller Tramadol into Egypt for her boyfriend’s back pain, without realising that the drug is illegal it is worth knowing that Egypt is not the only country that has strict regulations and laws around what over-the-counter medicines sold in the UK can and can’t be taken there.

Here are some of the countries where you might need to be careful taking medicine as compiled by the Chronicle:

Turkey

Turkey is a popular family destination for many in the UK but be careful what pills you pack before travelling there.

If you have prescription medication you must have a doctor’s note or prescription which can be sent to the Turkish tourism office for translation.

United Arab Emirates

Dubai is a popular holiday destination for people looking for sun, sea and five-star luxury.

But be warned, some prescribed and over the counter medicines from the UK such as diazepam, Tramadol and codeine are controlled substances in the Emirates.

These are not allowed into the UAE without permission from the country’s Ministry of Health and a doctor’s prescription.

Holidaymakers who don’t get permission could be prosecuted.

Saudi Arabia

25,000 British Muslims made the pilgrimage to the holy site of Mecca in 2015.

Any medication needs to be accompanied by either a recent medical report or a doctor’s prescription.

Qatar

The Gulf state could welcome thousands of Brits when it hosts the World Cup in 2022.

But many over the counter medicines such as cold and cough remedies are controlled substances and must be accompanied by a prescription.

Some sleeping pills, painkillers and anti-depressants are completely banned here.

Japan

Do your homework on what medicines you are allowed to take into the country before you visit Japan.

Anything you bring into the country is considered an import so they have stricter rules which apply in particular to personal medication.

One example of this is a Vicks Inhaler which is a banned item in Japan.

The nasal congestion spray contains pseudoephedrine which is a controlled substance there.

Some kinds of medication for ADHD are also banned in Japan.

China

Tourists should always carry a doctor’s note with any personal medicine they have with them to prove why they need it.

Customs officials will verify if the amount of medicine you have on you is appropriate for the length of time you are in the country.

Thailand

In the South-East Asian country many common prescription drugs including codeine, morphine and fentanyl require a permit in Thailand.

Be careful, if you don’t have one you could face prison.

Singapore

Sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills and painkillers all require a licence in Singapore.

Getting a licence requires a doctor’s note, a copy of your flight details and a copy of your passport.

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