Carrying medicines in carry-on baggage and in the hold of the aircraft

Almost all tourists take a first-aid kit with essential drugs on the road. Due to the sharp drop in pressure, some passengers experience headaches, nausea and other side effects. Medications taken on the road allow you to relieve unpleasant symptoms.

Passengers with small children, retirees, as well as people of different ages with chronic diseases always take medicines on the plane.

When collecting a first-aid kit on the road, be sure to study the rules for transporting medicines on board the liner, and also specify which medicines can be transported without a doctor's prescription, and which drugs will require a doctor's prescription. This foresight will allow you to exclude troubles during your air travel. You can find the basic rules for carrying baggage on board in this article.

Rules for the carriage of medicines on the plane

The rules for the carriage of medicines on board aircraft are created solely for safety reasons. When planning a trip abroad, the passenger should familiarize himself in advance with the list of medicines prohibited for import into the territory of the country where the flight is planned. This information is posted on the websites of the customs services of each state receiving flights from different countries of the world.

Basic rules for transporting medicines on an airplane:

  1. In the first aid kit, you can take the most necessary drugs in a limited amount. The maximum number is 5 packages. If a passenger plans a long stay on the territory of a foreign country and takes on the road vital drugs for the entire course for daily use, he must present an official appointment from a doctor to the authorized employees of the aviation company.
  2. Drugs of narcotic and psychotropic action can be transported on an airplane only if there is a prescription and a prescription from the attending physician.
  3. The declaration of medicines in the amount of more than 5 packages of the same type is mandatory.
  4. Expired medicines are not allowed on the plane.
  5. Tablets, capsules and liquid preparations must be in their original packaging only.

Medicines can be carried on the plane in shared baggage or in carry-on baggage. Before packing your travel bags, clarify which drugs can be taken on board the liner, and which is better to send to the luggage compartment immediately.

Transportation of medicines in hand luggage

It is allowed to take a small amount of medicines necessary for the duration of the flight in hand luggage. It is better to pack all other drugs taken on a trip with a reserve in the main baggage for transportation in the cargo hold of the aircraft. The rules for the permissible weight of baggage on the plane and carry-on baggage can be found here.

Rules for the carriage of medicines in carry-on baggage:

  • It is allowed to take on board only the most essential drugs in the minimum amount.
  • All medicines must be in their original packaging.
  • The volume of liquid medicines in one container should not exceed 100 ml.
  • Drugs transported in carry-on baggage are not subject to weighing and are transported as excess baggage free of charge.
  • Mercury thermometers and syringes with needles cannot be transported in the cabin. People with diabetes mellitus and other illnesses that require regular injections are allowed to take packaged syringes with needles in their carry-on baggage if they have a doctor's note.
  • It is not allowed to carry medical alcohol on the plane (the strength is too high, exceeding the maximum limit - 70 degrees).

In the cabins of airliners there are first-aid kits with a list of necessary medications to provide medical assistance to passengers if necessary. That is why it is not at all necessary to pack a large amount of medicines “just in case” in hand luggage. You can always ask the flight attendant for pills for headache, nausea or high blood pressure.

We also suggest that you familiarize yourself with - what can and cannot be carried in carry-on baggage.


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