Taking PBS medicines overseas
Travellers taking PBS medicines overseas should make sure the medicine is legal in the country they are travelling to by contacting the relevant embassy, high commission or consulate before leaving Australia.
If you are planning to take PBS medicines overseas for your own personal use or the use of someone travelling with you, you should:
- contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you are visiting to make sure the medicine is legal there
- carry a letter from your doctor (rtf,17kb] detailing what the medicine is, how much you will be taking and stating that the medicine is for your personal use
- leave the medicine in its original packaging.
There are restrictions on the amount of PBS medicines you can take overseas. Check with your doctor before you travel.
Customs may detain any medicine suspected of being illegally exported. It is in your best interests to have a letter from your doctor explaining what the medicine is, how much you are carrying and that it is for your personal use.
If you are unable to get a letter from your doctor, our Medicine Export Declaration may be enough to let Customs know the medicine is for your personal use. People found to be illegally exporting PBS medicines overseas may be prosecuted.