By 'prescription medication', we mean any controlled medication that has been prescribed for you by a doctor or other medical practitioner. Over the counter medicines, such as headache tablets, are fine to bring as long as they are also legal in your destination country and you keep them in their original packaging.
- If you are likely to need to take medication during the flight, you should bring enough in your hand baggage to last you for the journey, plus two or three days just in case of delay or loss of baggage. The rest should be packed in your check in baggage and placed in the hold, where the temperature is kept between 4-5°C
- Make sure you have a letter from your medical practitioner confirming the type of medication (including the generic drug name), with prescribed doses, what the medication is for and any other medical items required, such as syringes or EpiPens.
- The medication should be in its original packaging, pharmaceutically labelled to clearly identify it as being prescribed for and belonging to you.
- Carry a repeat prescription so your medication can be replaced in event of loss, damage or having insufficient supplies.
- Some medication may contain ingredients that are illegal in some countries, even if it has been prescribed by your doctor. It’s a good idea to check with the UK embassy at your destination.
Keeping your medication cold
The onboard fridge cannot be used to keep medication cold. However, if you bring a cool bag the crew will be happy to top it up with ice.
Increased security at UK airports affects the amount of liquid medication that passengers can take in hand baggage. For the latest airport security advice on carrying liquid medication, please check your airport’s website or The Department of Transport. There’s also more information on liquids on our own liquid restrictions page.
Travelling to the UAE with medication
In October 2018, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health announced that all tourists and residents planning to enter the country with personal medication will need to obtain prior approval.
An electronic form needs to be completed before you travel.
If you have questions about this new policy, we recommend contacting the UAE Ministry of Health on +971 2 652 0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org