This is a 2nd post related to my move to Sydney (first was at: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255060-i122-k9666504-Transport_at_SYD_for_solo_traveller_with_a_lot_of_luggage-Sydney_New_South_Wales.html)
I have a 12 month physical supply of prescription medication in the United States. The prescription was granted for a medication by a U.S physician. In Australia, the medication would be considered Schedule 4 (prescription required).
The TGA is very clear that you may not carry more than a 3 months supply into the country. (Source: https://www.tga.gov.au/entering-australia).
On the border agency website (Source: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Goin/Arrival), it says, "If you are carrying more than a three month supply of prescription medication, the medicine should be declared on arrival. We suggest you keep it in the original packaging."
This language suggests that it indeed is possible to bring more than 3 months of medication into the country. I reached out to the TGA, and they reiterated 3 months is the limit. My specific questions are:
1. I don't want to break any laws, so is it fair to say the 3 month supply limit is a clear rule?
2. How do I operationalize the process of bringing in the medicine into the country that I cannot carry on the plane? The TGA referred me to the personal importation scheme, but it's not clear what the specific procedures are. Would it be as simple as: Obtain a prescription from an Australian licensed doctor for the same medication, arrange for a relative to send a 3 month supply at a time with a copy of the prescription in the shipping box?
I only have one opportunity to get this right and want to avoid any surprises at the airport customs. Your continued insight is very appreciated. ThanksEdited: 06 July 2016, 09:48