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Will be coming to Pattaya in January and this will be my first visit. I have been reading this forum to learn as much as I can, and in several places it seems like I read that you couldn't bring in medicine without a doctor's letter and not to bring in things like cialis.

 

I have some prescriptions, including cialis, that are in the medicine bottles with labels with the name, doctor's name, etc. Will I have a problem with these?

 

I also have different vitamins/supplements that I take on a daily basis. They are in the bottles they came in with their descriptions. Should I have a problem bringing these in?

 

Thanks

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The official line is you should have a letter from your Doc for any prescription drugs.

 

As the vitamins etc. aren't prescription providing you have the original packaging etc like you say you have you should be fine with those.

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The official line is you should have a letter from your Doc for any prescription drugs.

 

As the vitamins etc. aren't prescription providing you have the original packaging etc like you say you have you should be fine with those.

I have about 6 prescription medicines that I plan to take to Pattaya. Do you know if a single letter from my doctor would suffice? Is there anything else that needs to be included in this letter other than listing the names of these items?

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I have about 6 prescription medicines that I plan to take to Pattaya. Do you know if a single letter from my doctor would suffice? Is there anything else that needs to be included in this letter other than listing the names of these items?

 

Here is the guidelines from the Thai Embassy here in the UK...

 

Royal Thai Consulate

Priory Court Saxon Way Priory Park West

Hessle HULL HU13 9PB

 

Tel: 01482 581668 Fax 01482 628877

Email: [email protected] Website: www.thaiconsul.co.uk

 

TAKING PRESCRIBED DRUGS TO THAILAND

 

The following is given as a guideline only. This office does not accept any liability whatsoever should any traveller to or in Thailand be apprehended at any time in connection with the carrying of anything which the Thai authorities may regard as an illegal drug.

 

The Thai authorities understand that some foreigners visiting Thailand are on prescribed drugs and provided those travellers follow certain guidelines they should not encounter any problems with the Thai authorities. It should also be understood that such a person could, on returning to the UK, encounter problems with the UK authorities in respect of any prescribed drugs which they may bring home with them, including the residue of any drugs which they took away with them.

 

It is important that such travellers can clearly show that any drug(s) which they possess has/have been prescribed to them by a qualified and registered General Practitioner.

 

It is recommended that such persons obtain from their GP a letter stating that the

drug(s) they are carrying with them has/have been prescribed for them by their GP

strictly for medical reasons.

 

It is also recommended that such travellers should, if required during the flight,

carry all such drugs, syringes, etc with them in their hand baggage. Please note that you may have to comply with air traffic regulations which may restrict what you are allowed to carry in hand luggage.

 

Please ensure you keep your GP’s letter with you at all times including when you

return to the UK in case you are challenged by any authorities.

 

With regard to standard products which can be bought on the high street you are

advised to carry only products with internationally recognised names.

 

Reading that I would say one letter detailing all the drugs would be fine.

 

The chances of being searched are very slim... but i'm just quoting the official line.

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I've always carried prescribed drugs through customs, both in hand luggage and suitcase at different times. These are for blood pressure.

I don't carry a doctor's letter, but I do take my official prescription and of course the signed boxes that my tablets are in.

 

I've been to LOS six times and have never yet been stopped, both coming into the country and also leaving.

 

 

Cheers

 

Tony

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I take a lot of vitamins. I tried to take a two-year supply in once, and was flagged when they saw many bottles of vitamins in my suitcase on the x-ray machine. The guy asked how much I should pay, I told him 500 baht, he countered with 2000 baht, we settled at 1000 baht.

 

I would not mind paying the duty--I saw on the government customs site it's 30%, but I am afraid to get involved with them and usually go through the 'nothing to declare' isle and take my chances. I found a place in Maboonkong in Bkk that sells the vitamins I get in the States for $30 a bottle (I pay $18 a bottle in the states), so I bought some there and make sure not to take too many bottles in each suitcase I bring in.

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You need to also consider the countries that you travel trough to get to Thailand. Be extra careful if you are travelling through the middle east. A women was was detained for a long time in UAE for carrying codeine that was prescribed to her: Tourist in UAE jail over medicine

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