If you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems, it is very likely that you will have to take prescription medication with you when you go on holiday abroad.
Having a pre-existing medical condition and having to carry prescription medication with you shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a holiday abroad, but it does mean that you might have to take some extra steps to ensure your medication is kept safe and that you are allowed carry it with you.
You might be concerned that enhanced airport security measures concerning the quantities of liquids which you can carry aboard an aircraft will prevent you from taking your medication on flights. This needn't be a worry - if your medication is accompanied by the relevant documentation from your doctor then you are entitled to take it with you on board your flight.
You might be concerned that enhanced airport security measures concerning the quantities of liquids which you can carry aboard an aircraft will prevent you from taking your medication on flights.
You needn’t worry - provided your medication is accompanied by the relevant documentation from your doctor (a doctor’s note or letter should be fine), you are entitled to take it with you on board your flight.
We would always advise you to research the rules around taking your medication to your destination country and what proof of treatment you’re expected to bring with you. For example, you can avoid any issues at airport customs in Spain by having your prescription drugs and doctor’s letter readily available. However, not all European countries have the same regulations.
One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is whether you are allowed to carry your prescription drugs in your hand luggage.
The answer is yes - subject to you having the proper paperwork for your medication (as listed above).
Wherever possible, we would always advise you to carry your medication in your hand luggage or on your person. By storing your pills, tablets or medication in your checked-in baggage, you run the risk of your luggage being lost or delayed by the airline.
The government states that you are permitted to take medication of more than 100ml onto the plane with you in your hand luggage.
Take enough of your prescription medication to last your whole trip and carry some spares in case of emergencies or you need to extend your stay.
If you’re unsure if your medicine will be acceptable to take on a plane, be sure to consult the government guide on hand luggage restrictions for medical equipment.
Your medication is an important part of your daily life at home, and it's equally important when you go on holiday, so it’s important to do some research and be prepared so that your holiday goes smoothly.