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Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

Cobourg, Ontario
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Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

I was wondering if anyone has information regarding travelling to Cuba with prescription medication. Going to Prdo Feb 4th.

Any tips for safety?

Do we need to declare them at Customs in Cuba?

Do we need to bring the labeled prescription containers?

Thanks.

Newton Aycliffe...
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1. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

You do not need to declare them to Cuban Customs if they are prescription drugs. Just make sure they are in their original containers. If you are really concerned because of the nature of the medication, you could always ask your doctor for a note to show should you be subjected to a search.

If it's just everyday medication no need to give it a second thought.

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2. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

You should have no problem and you do not need to declare, but sometimes bags are checked and its just as well to be fully prepared (as for any other airport). I would suggest that you have a letter from your doctor/hospital giving full details of the medication, to include other names/suppliers for the medication. (Often the same medication is called by different brand names by other suppliers). Also have a copy of the prescription and the label on the box/container should contain your name, all names should be the same as on your passport. Give a copy of the letter/prescription to your partner, in case your medication is lost or damaged and has to be replaced. With the above you will be covered from all angles.

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3. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

My daughter had to bring her prescription medication. Our travel agent told us to pack it in our check in luggage and we had no issues with this.

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4. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

It is a really bad idea to put any medication you might actually need in your checked luggage!!! Bags do go missing, and it may not be possible to refill your prescription in Cuba. In fact, most tour operators specify that medications should be in your carry on. (Your TA is an idiot!)

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5. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

Another case of a travel agent giving false information. You should NEVER pack your prescription medications in your checked baggage. It should ALWAYS be in your carry-on luggage. What would you do if it was in your checked suitcase and it was lost? You would be without your medication which you might not be able to replace at destination.

Newton Aycliffe...
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6. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

Cindy V:

Believe it or not but as far as Cuba goes, travel agents are not the best people to listen to as far as advice goes. Far better to come and ask your question on this forum as the OP has done.

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7. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

lol!

8. Re: Safe travelling to Cuba with prescription drugs?

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