Travelling with medicinal products – regulations for import and export

On this page, you find common questions and answers regarding import and export of personal medicinal products when travelling to or from Sweden.

What regulations apply for importing personal medicinal products into Sweden?

If you travel to Sweden from a country within the EEA (EU together with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), you are allowed to bring medicinal products corresponding to a supply sufficient for one year. The medicinal products must have been legally obtained for a medical purpose and be for personal use. If you are travelling from a country outside the EU you may for each entry into Sweden, bring medicinal products for personal use corresponding to a supply sufficient for three months.

If you need to bring medication for more than three months you can apply for a dispensation.

Use our e-service to make an application.

In the application you will enter following information:

  • Date of birth, name, address, email and phone number.
  • Short description of the situation,
  • Date of arrival and duration of the stay in Sweden.
  • Name(s) of the medicines, name(s) of the active substance, amount, dose

You also need to upload a copy of the prescription and/or doctor´s certificate signed by your prescribing doctor.

Please note, when you arrive in Sweden: Bring the approved dispensation with you since you must be able to show it at the customs.

You must always be able to prove medicinal purpose and personal use

You must always be able to prove that the medicinal products have been legally obtained and are intended for your own personal use. For prescribed medicinal products, this can be shown by the pharmacy label stating your name, by a prescription, or by a doctor's certificate. Special regulations apply for medicinal products classified as narcotics or doping substances, see below.

What special regulations apply for importing medicinal products classified as narcotics into Sweden?

Medicinal products for treating sleeping disorders, anxiety and severe pain are often classified as narcotics. To find out if your medicinal product is classified as a narcotic, consult a pharmacy. On the web site you also find information about what narcotics class a certain medicinal product belongs to.

The requirement to be able to prove that the product has been legally obtained for medicinal purpose and personal use also applies to narcotics-classified medicinal products. This can be shown by a pharmacy label with your name on it, by a prescription, or by a doctor's certificate.

If you live in Sweden

If you live in Sweden and travel into Sweden from another country, you may bring in Class II and Class III narcotics corresponding to a supply sufficient for five days, and Class IV and V narcotics corresponding to a supply sufficient for three weeks.

If you live in a country that is not part of the Schengen Area

If you live in a country that is not part of the Schengen Area, and will visit Sweden only temporarily, you are allowed to bring in Class II and Class III narcotics corresponding to a supply sufficient for five days of consumption, and Class IV and V narcotics corresponding to a supply sufficient for three months.

If you live in a country that is part of the Schengen Area

If you live in a country that is part of the Schengen Area (EU together with Switzerland, Norway and Iceland), you are allowed to bring narcotic-classified medicinal products corresponding to a supply sufficient for 30 days. For narcotic-classified medicinal products listed in Appendix 2 in the statute (1992:1554) concerning control of narcotics, a so-called ‘Schengen medical certificate’, issued in the traveller’s country of residence is required.

What special regulations apply for import into Sweden of medicinal products classified as doping substances?

If you travel with medicinal products that are covered by the Doping Agents Act (1991:1969) banning the use of certain doping substances, you are allowed to bring medicinal products corresponding to a supply sufficient for 14 days. The law covers:

  • synthetic anabolic steroids,
  • testosterone and its derivatives,
  • growth hormone, and
  • chemical substances that increase the production and release of testosterone and its derivatives, or of growth hormone.
     

For medicinal products classified as doping substances, you must be able to prove that the product has been legally obtained for medicinal purpose and that it is intended for personal use. This can be shown by the pharmacy label with your name on it, by a prescription, or by a doctor's certificate.

Importing medicinal products intended for accompanying animals into Sweden

According to LVFS 1996:5, medicinal products for personal use also include medicinal products for accompanying animals, provided the products have been prescribed by a veterinary surgeon for an indication that is not in conflict with 28 § of the Animal Welfare Decree. The regulations for accompanying animals are thus the same as those for humans, except that narcotic-classified medicinal products for personal use cannot be brought into the country for use on animals.

Sending medicinal products by mail

For information about what regulations apply for sending medicinal products by mail, see Sending medicinal products in the left-hand margin.

Where can I find regulations concerning the import and export of medicinal products for private use?

The Swedish Medicinal Products Act (1992:859) contains the fundamental regulations concerning the handling of medicinal products in Sweden. Regulations concerning import and export are found in 17 § and 17b §. In addition, the Medical Products Agency has issued regulations concerning import of medicinal products for personal use, LVFS 1996:5. Regulations concerning control of narcotics are found in the statute (1992:1554) on the control of narcotic products, and in LVFS 2011:9. Regulations regarding doping substances are found in the Doping Agents Act (1991:1969) concerning prohibition of certain doping substances, see the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and the Medical Products Agency's regulation LVFS 1996:5.

I am going on vacation abroad. What are the regulations for import of medicinal products into other countries?

Different countries have different regulations concerning import of medicinal products. This is true also for countries within the EU. It is therefore important to find out what the regulations are in the country to which you are travelling. There may be differences in, for instance, the amount that can be imported of a certain medicinal product, or if a medicinal product is classified as a narcotic.

Information about the regulations that apply in a particular country can be obtained from that country's embassy in Sweden (see External links in the right-hand margin for a list of embassies).

If you are travelling to a country that is part of the Schengen Area (all EU countries together with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and need to bring a medicinal product classified as a narcotic, you must have a ‘Schengen medical certificate’, which can be obtained from a Swedish public pharmacy. For information on what countries are members of the EU, see the link to the EU Information Centre under External links.


 

 
 
 

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