How strict is South Africa with medications?

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This topic includes useful information, though it is old. Thanks. I was going to South Africa, but I cancelled my trip because of Coronavirus. But I hope I'll be abe to go there this year. Anyway, it is good to be ready when time comes. I use CBD oil to reduce pain and beat insomnia. Does anyone know whether it is llowed to bring CBD products with me or not.

OR just buy it in RSA and don't worry about the Customs officer.

https://www.organica.co.za/contact-us/


Restricted Goods
Certain goods may only be imported if you are in possession of the necessary authority / permit. Examples are:
  • Firearms / Weapons
  • Gold coins
  • Excess currency (cash, banknotes etc.)
  • Unprocessed minerals (e.g. gold, diamonds, etc.)
  • Animals, plants and their products (e.g. animal skins, dairy products, honey)
  • Medicine (excluding sufficient quantities for three months for own personal treatment accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician)
  • Herbal products (Department of Health permit required)

https://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx
 

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Some countries (UAE) will not allow opioids in or through even with prescriptions. Make sure you know the rules.

Like any customs agency, it will depend on the day and enforcement policy directives.


Apparently, some agencies seem to think that one day it's ok to import Elephants and the next, it's illegal. Can you imagine?

Can’t take Sudafed into or thru the UAE too.
 

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I carried a 60 day supply of antibiotics (in their original container from the Rx) in and out several times without issue. I offered to show them my prescriptions and they weren't interested, only narcotics. I also got all my vaccinations current which I ended up having to pay for. I did the research on the antibiotics and vaccinations and met with my family doctor and told him what I was planning on doing. He wrote the prescriptions and told me where to get the vaccinations including Yellow Fever. (Note: most trips will not need Yellow Fever, but I was in and out of places close to Yellow Fever and malaria areas. If the plane was diverted into one of those areas due to weather, fuel, etc. - - - best to be prepared.
 
 

 

 

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