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Traveling with Medications

Important Considerations

There are a number of special considerations to take if you plan to travel internationally with prescription medication. Keep these points in mind, and be sure to prepare well before your departure. 

  • Remember that some medications are illegal overseas. Every country has its own regulations around what can and cannot be brought in, and just because a medication is legal in the United States does not mean it will be legal abroad. If you are unsure about the legality of your medication, open a case with AXA Assistance- they should be able to provide you with an answer in 5-10 business days. The embassy of your host country may provide additional information about legal concerns. 
  • Carry your medication in its original, clearly labelled container. You do not want to create the impression that you are carrying drugs that were not prescribed to you, in case questions arise at the border. 
  • Always pack your medication in your carry-on. You do not want to be without your prescription if your checked luggage is lost or delayed. The TSA provides additional tips regarding carrying medication at their website
  • If possible, pack enough medication for your entire trip, and bring some extra in case of travel delays. 
  • If you will need a prescription refill during your trip, contact AXA Assistance to begin the conversation before your departure. Your doctor will need to complete this form, and you will need to submit it to AXA so they can assist with the refill process. 
  • If possible, bring a copy of your prescription, and a note from your doctor in case any questions arise about your need for the medication when you pass through border control.