Taking medication abroad in 2018


If you are planning a foreign holiday this year and suffer from an illness or  medical condition, there is a high probability you will be taking medicine abroad with you. A recent health survey for England showed that 48% of the population are taking some sort of prescription medicine.

Taking Medication Abroad – Why it’s important


Entering into a country with prohibited medicines, has been a hot topic with the media for the last few years, thanks to several high profile cases. There is a growing concern for Brits getting into trouble abroad, as lower cost flights means more people flying further. Increasingly popular long haul routes, are Asian and Middle Eastern countries, where the laws differ wildly to what we are used to at home.


Government concerns are for tourists who unwittingly enter a country, with banned substances that maybe freely available in the UK, and as a result end up in jail.


   A worker, who’s wife sent him 20 Tramadol tables whilst working in Dubai, to help with pain relief, was arrested and jailed for 24 years.


   An eighteen year old boy, who smoked a cigarette containing marijuana, a day before visiting the United Arab Emirates, was jailed in the Emirate of Fujairah for four years.


   Tracy Wilkinson who spent seven weeks in jail in Dubai after codeine was found in her system.


   Perry Coppins was jailed in Dubai for carrying too many anti-depressants, despite having a prescription.


   Laura Plummer who was detained for carrying 290 Tramadol tablets, as well as Naproxen through border control. Tramadol is one of the most abused drugs in Egypt and Mrs Plummer now faces up to 25 years in prison.