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Receive certificate for the carriage of narcotics when travelling abroad

As a patient, you may export or import narcotics prescribed to you by your doctor in the quantity appropriate for the duration of a trip as a travel requirement.

For journeys of up to 30 days in member states of the Schengen Agreement, you can take medically prescribed narcotics with you, provided that you have a certificate completed by the attending physician. You must have this certificate certified before the start of the trip.

This rule also applies if you are carrying narcotics that can be prescribed in the country of origin but not in the country of destination.

The carriage of narcotics by authorized persons is not permitted.

For trips outside the "Schengen area", you should clarify the legal situation in the country to be traveled before starting the trip. After that, you must have a multilingual certificate issued by your doctor.

As a patient, you should also inquire with the responsible diplomatic mission of the destination country in Germany before travelling with you when carrying certain means of substitution (e.g. methadone).

As a doctor, dentist or veterinarian, you may carry narcotics in the context of charitable missions abroad (e.g. Doctors Without Borders) or as a medical practice requirement in cross-border traffic, if you use them in appropriate quantities and for the purpose of practicing medical profession or providing first aid.

You must be able to identify yourself as a doctor (doctor's card). Before travelling, please check with the diplomatic mission of the country of destination whether the narcotics can be taken with you and whether permits are required if necessary.

Process flow

If you as a patient wish to carry narcotics purchased on the basis of a doctor's prescription when travelling to countries of the Schengen Agreement:

  • download the "Certificate for the carriage of narcotics in the context of medical treatment" on the website of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) and ask your attending physician to complete it.
  • Have the certificate certified by the highest state health authority or a body commissioned by it on the basis of the doctor's prescription.
  • A separate certificate is required for each narcotic prescribed.
  • You must carry the certificate with you on your trip. It is valid for a maximum of 30 days.

When travelling to other countries:

  • inform yourself in advance about the regulations applicable in the destination country.
  • Download the sample for a multilingual certificate from the BfArM website and ask your prescribing doctor to fill it out.
    The certificate shall contain information on single and daily doses, the name of the active substance and the duration of the journey.
  • Then have the certificate certified by the competent supreme state health authority or a body commissioned by it.
  • You must carry the certificate with you on your trip.

Requirements

Medical prescription of the narcotic

Which documents are required?

  • Certificate for the carrying of narcotics in the context of medical treatment

or

  • Multilingual certificate when travelling to countries outside the Schengen area

What are the fees?

The certification of the certificate is subject to a fee in accordance with the respective fee schedule of the certifying body

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

none

Applications / forms

  • Form:
    • Certificate for the carrying of narcotics in the context of medical treatment
    • Model multilingual certificate for travel to countries outside Schengen
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • personal appearance necessary: no

Certificate for the carrying of narcotics in the context of medical treatment

Model multilingual certificate for travel to countries outside Schengen

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Health

Professionally released on

08.02.2019

competent Bodies

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt

Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
Postal address: Post Office Box 280
Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt

Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
Postal address: Post Office Box 280
Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.