Friday, January 19, 2018 07:00 PM


Travelers often pack medications when they go abroad, but some popular prescription and over-the-counter ones Americans use for things like pain relief, better sleep, allergies and even the common cold are illegal in some countries.

The United Arab Emirates and Japan, for example, are among the most restrictive nations, but many ban or restrict importing narcotics, sedatives, amphetamines and other common over-the-counter medications.

Most travelers wont run into problems for carrying small amounts for personal use, said Katherine L. Harmon, who oversees health analysis for iJET International[1], a travel risk management company. But noncompliance can result in confiscation,(which could, in turn, have severe medical consequences), deportation, jail time, and even the death penalty. Does it happen a lot? No. Could it? Yes, Ms. Harmon said. Consumers need to understand this and how it might adversely impact them before they book that awesome trip to an exotic location.

She shared a few tips to keep you on the right side of the law, whatever you take and wherever you roam.

Plan Ahead

News source: The New York Times

See also: Steven Enrich