Traveling Abroad: Are your medications travel-ready?

Did you know that each country has its own guidelines about which medicines are legal? Some of the commonly prescribed or over-the-counter in the United States could be considered unlicensed or controlled substances in other countries.

Consequences can range from confiscation (removal) of your medicine to stiff penalties, including imprisonment on charges for drug trafficking. To avoid medicine-related issues during your travel, follow these tips from CDC Travelers’ Health.

Check with Foreign Embassy of the country you will be visiting or passing through to make sure your medicines are permitted in that country.

Be aware that many countries only allow taking a 30-day supply of certain medication and require the traveler to carry a prescription or a medical certificate.

If your medicine is banned at your destination, talk with your health care provider about alternative medicine or destination options, and have your doctor write a letter describing your condition and the treatment plan.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) provides general information about country regulations for travelers carrying medicines that are made with controlled substances. Note: The INCB may not have all information from all countries or territories. 

Smartly pack your medicines in your carry-on luggage.

Bring enough medicine to last your whole trip, plus a little extra in case of delays.

Keep medicines in their original, labeled containers.   Ensure they are clearly labeled with your full passport name, doctor’s name, brand name, and exact dosage.

Bring copies of BodMD™ instructions (plamphlet) for safe measure.

If you are traveling abroad and need a BodMD letter regarding BodMD therapies (in regards to controlled substances), please email  Please allow 10 business days for BodMD to prepare the requested documentation.   

BodMD™ is not responsible for consequences for traveling abroad with BodMD™ therapies. 

More Information can be found at:

US Department of Homeland Security

US Deparment of State

US Food and Drug Adminsitration