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Travel with prescription medication prepare for Canada

This is a common and important question: can I bring my prescription medicines to Canada?

The short answer is yes, you can bring your prescription medicine to Canada. This will allow you to continue medical treatment that you are currently following. But, be sure to follow guidelines defined by Health Canada.

You can bring medication that is prescribed to you, or anyone that you’re responsible for who is coming to Canada with you.

You can bring:

  • a single course of treatment, OR
  • a 90-day supply (whichever is less).

You cannot import prescription medicine by mail or courier.



  • Pack your medications (prescriptions and essential non-prescription medications) in your carry-on baggage to avoid theft or loss. This includes any medical equipment such as syringes, needles, inhalers, etc.
  • Keep medication in the original container with the label that indicates what the drug is. Do not put medications in unmarked containers.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your medications at the airport and border crossings. You do not require information from your doctor about your medical condition, but it may be helpful.
  • Carry a photocopy of your doctor’s prescription.


Other resources:

How to access free health care in Canada

Heath Canada: Travelling with Medication

Government of Canada Guidance Document (See Section 6)



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