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Posting Medication

Some positive travellers post their medication ahead of them, to a friend in the country or the hotel where they will be staying. Remember however that international mail can be delayed or lost altogether, so you should post it well in advance to someone who can verify it has arrived.

Customs officials inspect posted items. If you do post medication ahead, you should fill out and include a customs declaration stating the parcel contains prescribed medication, for personal use only, without any commercial value. Enclose a letter from your doctor advising the medication is for personal use. The letter does not have to detail your condition.

Carrying Medication

If you are taking your medication with you, always carry your medication in your hand luggage, in case your checked luggage is lost or delayed.

Always carry a letter from your doctor stating that it is prescribed medication for personal use. The letter doesn’t have to say it’s for HIV. You might ask your doctor to list medications by name with daily doses, unless you are visiting a country with entry restrictions for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Bring enough meds for your trip, plus a few days’ extra in case you’re delayed or change your travel plans. But don’t bring an excessive amount, as customs and immigration officials may treat this as evidence of intention to overstay your visa.

Most medications should be kept at room temperature, and some require refrigeration. Keep this in mind if you’re planning to travel long distances by car or bus in summer! Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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