Travelling Internationally with Medicinal Cannabis

Planning an international trip? If you are treated with medicinal cannabis, navigating the patchwork of global laws can seem daunting. But don’t let that put a damper on your adventures! 

Whether you’re off to explore or visiting family overseas, it’s essential to understand the rules for every stop on your journey.

For Australians, many favourite holiday destinations involve transit stops in different countries, each with its own regulations. 

Astrid is here to support and guide you with valuable insights and resources, so you can travel with confidence and peace of mind.

Ready to explore the world? Let Astrid help you stay informed and prepared every step of the way. 

Here are some commonly asked questions: 

Do I need to check the medicinal cannabis laws for my layover in the Middle East, Singapore, or Hong Kong when travelling to Europe?

Yes, definitely research the laws of the transit country regarding medicinal cannabis. Some countries have strict regulations even for transit passengers.

How do I find out if medicinal cannabis is allowed into a certain country? 

To get accurate information, check the official government website of the country you’re visiting. You can also reach out to the Australian embassy in that country for advice on travelling with your prescription medicines.

Can I take my medicinal cannabis before or on a flight?

Every carrier will have different rules, we recommend reaching out to your carrier to best understand flight regulations. Also consider the laws and regulations of your departing country.

Practical Tips for Australian Travellers

  • Research and Preparation: Thoroughly research the destination country’s laws and regulations regarding medicinal cannabis. This includes understanding what forms of cannabis are allowed and any quantity limits. Note that your prescription medicine a non-ARTG listed medicine in Australia only and may not be the case / valid overseas.
  • Documentation: Always carry a valid prescription and any medical documentation that is required by the government of your destination. Please ensure the embassy provides an embassy letter with your doctors name, SAS / AP authority number and product name on letter. Always travel with medicines in original packaging with pharmacy dispensing label which states your name, product and dose. Ensure these documents clearly state the necessity of the medication.
  • Embassy Contact: Contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country for the most accurate and up-to-date information, to submit applications where required and be prepared that it may take some time for review/approval. If you’re travelling to multiple destinations, different embassies can make different exceptions and this is on a case-by-case basis.
  • Quantity Control: Only bring the amount of medicinal cannabis necessary and allowed by law during your stay to avoid legal complications. 
  • Customs Declarations: Declare your medicinal cannabis to customs authorities upon arrival and have all documentation ready for inspection.

It is that time of year where we may be getting inspired to pack our suitcases and plan a holiday. Astrid has created TRIPS, our exclusive travel guides including tips for travelling with your medicinal cannabis.

Our first edition covers the UK, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands – we share specific guidance and government requirements, and many more frequently asked questions!

Download TRIPS by Astrid for free and explore: www.astrid.health/trips/