Advice for Canadian Travelers who are Crossing International Borders with Medication

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The Government of Canada would like to remind travelers crossing international borders that if they have any kind of medication, even prescription drugs, it can sometimes lead to various problems. To prevent any of these problems, the Government of Canada advises travellers the following:

  • Make sure you can bring this medication with you: Check Travel Advice and Advisories for the country you wish to visit and make sure your medication is permitted in that country
  • Don’t combine medications: Pack all medications in their original labelled containers
  • Pack an extra supply of medication: in case you are away longer than you thought
  • Carry copies of your prescriptions: In case of loss or theft
  • Carry a doctor’s certificate if you need injection supplies: This should explain their medical purpose
  • Do not buy medication outside of Canada: Unless you have been advised to do so by a healthcare professional
  • If you take cannabis for medical purposes: Do not bring it with you! Taking cannabis products in any form across the Canadian border is illegal!

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