Travelling with medicines

Medical certificate

Your doctor may issue a medical certificate/letter stating your medical condition and list the medication that you require for your travel.

What medicines can I pack in my carry-on baggage?

Domestic flights

You can take prescription and non-prescription medicine onboard domestic flights. However, if you are connecting to an international flight or your domestic flight is departing from an international terminal, limits apply.

International flights

A reasonable quantity of prescription and non-prescription medication (including special dietary and therapeutic products such as fish oil tablets) is allowed under powder, liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions.

A reasonable amount is considered an amount to cover the duration of the flight, allowing for any delays. Security screening officers will have the final say on the amount permitted. It is recommended that you take in your carry-on baggage only what is needed for the flight and pack the rest in your checked baggage.

If you plan to bring medication onboard, remember to:

  • obtain supporting documentation, such as a medical identification card or a letter from a doctor. The letter should itemise any prescription and non-prescription powder, liquid, aerosol or gel medication, prescribed medical devices or equipment, for example, ice or gel packs used to regulate temperatures, or the need for hypodermic needles.
  • check the restrictions for medicines and medical devices before you travel.
  • have medication and accompanying documents ready for inspection before you arrive at the airport security screening point.

For prescription medication, make sure the name on the prescription label matches the name on your boarding pass or the name of the person travelling in your care.

Medical and disability devices and aids

For more information, refer to Travelling with medical and disability devices and aids.