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Large amounts non prescription drugs

Sydney, Australia
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Large amounts non prescription drugs

DH & I are travelling to SA (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, & Botswanna) June to September.

Does anyone know if we will have a problem taking Panadeine, Voltaren and Asprin in large quantities on the trip? All are bought across the counter in Australia. Would we be able to purchase them over the counter if required?

On a previous trip to Mexico we required a script for Panadeine.

Thanks J

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1. Re: Large amounts non prescription drugs

I cannot speak for the other countries, but, where South Africa is concerned, here is the rule:

Travellers are allowed to bring in no more than three months’ supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medicines for their personal use. All other pharmaceutical drugs and medicines have to be declared and have to be accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician.

How much do you intend to bring in?

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2. Re: Large amounts non prescription drugs

You will need to use their generic names if you want info for all of the countries.

Voltaren (diclofenac?) is a prescription only med in SA.

Panadeine (assuming it's paracetamol and codeine?) is available over the counter although the last time wewere there the gov were talking about introducing more controls but I think this was limited to identity checks when buying.

Aspirin is also an over the counter drug at pharmacies.

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Slightly OT. With codeine it's always good to check separately with all the countries you're entering. It's often completely forbidden in Middle East, classified as a drug (vs. medicine) and e.g. in Europe not widely available OTC. Could cause you problems if you're flying through Dubai or even in Europe if you're carrying large quantities without a prescription. Other painkillers are not usually a problem.

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I take Panadeine as I have arthritis. I try to limit the amount I take but we will be away for 4 months. Any ideas who to contact in the other countries, ? embassy?

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