The medicines which are BANNED in some holiday hotspots & could see you jailed | The Sun

BRITS taking some common medicines abroad could get in serious trouble – and even face jail time.

A number of holiday destinations have strict medication rules, even for some over the counter items.

Here are some of the countries you need to be aware of when travelling abroad with any medical items – which could lead to imprisonment.


Anything containing opiates is banned in Greece as they’re considered a controlled substance.

This means medicines such as Codeine aren't allowed into the country.


One medication that could get you into trouble in Egypt is Tramadol.

This is banned from being taken into the country, and you will need a doctor's note if you need to take it.

In 2017, Brit Laura Plummer was jailed after she had 300 Tramadol pills in her suitcase, who claimed she didn't realise it was banned.


Leave the cold medicines at home if travelling to Japan.

Sudafed and Vicks are both banned in Japan for containing pseudoephedrine.


Hundreds of Brits will be travelling to Qatar this year for the World Cup.

However, the country has strict rules for many cough and cold medicines, which must have a prescription.


In Singapore you need a medical note for anti-anxiety medication, sleeping pills and strong painkillers.

So check before taking them into the country, as you could get in trouble without any doctor's exemption.


Bali is a holiday hotspot for Brits – but you could face trouble for some medicines.

In Indonesia, codeine is illegal, as is ADHD medication and some sleeping pills.



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Lloyds Pharmacy pharmacist Michael Wong said: “Whilst your local UK pharmacist can advise on what medication you need and how best to manage it whilst away on holiday, it’s important to also check what restrictions are in place for where you are travelling.

“You can do this via the FCO’s Foreign Travel Checklist.

“In some cases where restrictions haven’t been adhered to, your medication could be confiscated which if you are living with a long-term condition can affect your health.”

Brits heading on holiday with easyJet should also check their medical documents due to new rules by the airline.

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