Travelling Whilst On Medication Was Supposed To Get Easier

Many regular readers will be aware of some serious health issues I have had over the past few years. So much so it feels like I should drive a forklift truck to my local pharmacy when I go to pick up a repeat prescription! Yes there is a lot of medication!

I saw this article while checking some local news earlier and came across this article about a new service that should make  life easier.

Certainly the article helped me a little and I quote:

“Strong painkillers such as tramadol and codeine could see you facing a fine or jail in places such as the United Arab Emirates.”


“In Indonesia, codeine, sleeping pills and treatments for ADHD are straight-up illegal, so don’t even attempt to bring them.”


“The US won’t accept any type of strong painkiller like tramadol, codeine or medication with opiates.”

Ok so parts of the Middle East and Indonesia are out and I most definitely am not planning to pay Donald Trump and his chums a visit any time soon, so for some destinations I know where I stand. So I know where I am, or do I? Well not really! Is Codeine legal in Denmark? I do not know. It gets better I quote the article linked to above again “But a new checklist from the Foreign Office details the medications that could land you in hot water in a different country.”

Ok. There is no link to this checklist in the article that I could see. I accept that I am long overdue to Specsavers! 15 minutes of googling didn’t return anything useful either unless you count an advert for a travel insurance provider useful.

I checked The Foreign Office website for advice on Japan where basics such as Sudafed are apparently banned. I got a link to this website. I couldn’t easily find the answer to the question. I looked at the page on this site for the United Arab Emirates. I could not find a reference to Tramadol potentially landing me in Jail.

Look! I want to know if certain medication is banned in certain countries. Unless I have missed something, which is possible I cannot see an easy way to plan a holiday when I cannot work out which of the 19 different types of medication I am prescribed are not allowed and which countries these medications are not allowed. I cannot find this talked about list that I quoted above. This can now only mean one thing. My 2018 holiday will most likely be restricted to a fortnight in Skegness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It looks like my holiday plans heave heavily been curtailed so I will leave this here but before I do, does anyone know if Tramadol is legal in Skegness!!!!!!??