Baggage Restrictions on Essential Medicine
A helpful guide listing airline regulations for taking essential medicines and medical equipment on a plane.
In some cases you need supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional.
This rule applies if you are planning to carry essential medicines of more than 100ml in your hand luggage (such as inhalers and liquid dietary foodstuffs). That usually means you need a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription.
The same rule applies to cooling gel packs. Airport staff may ask you to open the containers for screening of the liquids at the security point.
Essential Medical Equipment
You may take certain medical equipment on a plane with you if it is essential for your journey. But, the medical equipment will get screened ‘separately’. You would also need to show documentation from a qualified medical professional (e.g. a letter from your doctor).
Flight Restrictions on Medical Equipment
|Medicine and Medical Equipment||Allowed in Hand Luggage?||Allowed in Hold Luggage?|
|Tablets and Capsules||Yes||Yes|
|Essential Liquid Medicines||Yes* (+100ml after screening)||Yes|
|Cooling Gel Packs||Yes (after screening)||Yes|
|Medical Equipment (e.g. CPAP and TENS machines)||Yes||Yes|
|Special food and liquids needed for medical reasons||Yes||Yes|
|Oxygen Cylinders||Check with your airline||Check with your airline|