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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 prescription medicine to Canada. This will allow you to continue the medical treatment that you are currently following. But, be sure to follow guidelines defined by Health Canada related to prescription medicines.

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.

Once in Canada, you will need to visit a Canadian doctor to refill or get a new prescription. You cannot use a foreign prescription in Canada.

 

If you’re travelling to Canada, be sure to download our essential checklists and remember to bring your important medical documents.

 

Download your Free Arrival in Canada Checklist and Quarantine Plan

 

Tips:

 

  • Pack your medications (prescriptions and essential over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in your carry-on baggage to avoid theft or loss. This includes any medical equipment such as syringes, needles, inhalers, etc.
  • Keep prescription medicines 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.

Once in Canada, you will need to visit a Canadian doctor to refill or get a new prescription. You cannot use a foreign prescription in Canada.

 

Other resources:

How to access free health care in Canada

Heath Canada: Travelling with Medication

 

 


 

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