8 December 2016

Travelling to Australia with medicines and medical devices

International visitors and Australian residents returning from holidays can bring in most medicines and medical devices in their accompanied baggage under the traveller's exemption.

Note: Australian residents require a valid prescription from an Australian doctor for the medication they are travelling with.

Traveller's exemption

The traveller's exemption allows people entering Australia to carry their medicines and medical devices with them for their own personal use or the use by an immediate family member who is travelling with them, such as an infant.

Follow these simple rules to avoid issues at the border:

  1. Obtain a prescription or letter from your doctor that outlines the name of your medication(s) and how much you are currently taking.
  2. Ensure the medication remains in its original packaging with the dispensing label intact. This will assist with identifying each substance at the border.
  3. Do not bring more than a 3 month supply with you.
  4. Declare all medication to Australian Border Force upon arrival.

This exemption only applies to medication in your accompanied baggage.

Do not bring medicines or medical devices into Australia for anyone other than yourself or an immediate family member who is travelling with you.

Items that require special permission

The following items require permission to bring to Australia. If you intend to travel with one of these items, then you will need to contact the Drug Control Section for further advice: DCS@health.gov.au.

  • Anabolic/Androgenic substances (e.g testosterone, DHEA)
  • Abortifacients (e.g. mifepristone - RU486)
  • Thalidomide
  • Injections that contain material of human or animal origin (e.g. Hizentra®, Clexane®), excluding insulin
  • Athletes and sporting staff travelling with hormones and peptides
  • Travelling with more than a 3 month supply of your medication

Prohibited items

  • Aminophenazone, amidopyrine, aminopyrine, dipyrone
  • Amygdalin/laetrile
  • Cannabis or products derived from cannabis.
    Note: travellers with Sativex® and CBD oil should email DCS@health.gov.au to clarify whether they can travel with their medication.