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Galvatron
Galvatron
13 posts
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Dec 22, 2022 - 4:18 PM

I'm planning to bring some over-the-counter medications to Switzerland such as paracetamol, anti-fungal cream, gastric pills (in case I fall sick while holidaying in Switzerland).

What I'm afraid is I will be stopped by the immigration officers in Switzerland.

I have been carrying such medications to other countries without any issues. So, I'm not sure about Switzerland.

I've read about this below

www.bazg.admin.ch/bazg/en/home/information-individuals/bans--restrictions-and-authorisations/narcotics-and-drugs.html

Travellers are allowed to carry medicinal products containing narcotic or psychotropic substances without an import or export permit, provided that the quantity carried is no greater than that required for 30 days, and in the case of exportation, that the destination country allows this.

The quantity I'm carrying is definitely not more than 30 days.

May I know if anyone has been stopped by the immigration officers in Switzerland due to this issue?

CabinJon
CabinJon
220 posts
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Dec 22, 2022 - 6:28 PM in reply to Galvatron

We've been to Switzerland 3 times in the past 5 years and taken common (in the US) over-the-counter medications with us each time, such as Tylenol, Advil, Alka Seltzer, anti-fungal creme (helps when wearing waterproof footwear for extended times of several days), etc.

Never had any Swiss official question us let alone make an issue of it.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Dec 22, 2022 - 7:25 PM in reply to Galvatron

Hi Galvatron,

You can also get these kinds of meds here in Switzerland, if you would like to make sure, you can get them here if you need them. Amavita is one of the biggest brands here, you can check the prices online: www.amavita.ch. (No English on their site but you can use Google Translator).

On the page you emtioned I read this: "Travellers are allowed to carry medicinal products containing narcotic or psychotropic substances without an import or export permit, provided that the quantity carried is no greater than that required for 30 days, and in the case of exportation, that the destination country allows this."

Ildiko

Last modified on Dec 22, 2022 - 7:26 PM by Ildiko
1960man
1960man
4586 posts
expert
Dec 22, 2022 - 11:34 PM in reply to Galvatron

You probably will walk straight through - they won't give you a second glance. And they certainly won't be bothered about standard basic medicinal items.

I drove across the border from France to Switzerland whilst quite a number of Covid rules were still in place, and all the Swiss border staff were bothered about was collecting the 40 Swiss francs for the motorway toll vignette...

Last modified on Dec 22, 2022 - 11:36 PM by 1960man
Danielsan
Danielsan
330 posts
top member
Dec 26, 2022 - 9:37 AM in reply to Galvatron

Hi Galvatron,

I brought my prescription meds on my 2 week trip in Sept 2018. I was concerned about the possibility having any of my meds (insulin pens, in particular) freeze while in luggage down below. My sister does an extensive amount of business travel and said she kept/keeps any meds on her person (either carry-on, or her purse). So that's what I did, put it in my carry-on. I did make sure to bring any documentation in a folder about each med just in case I might need it. As it turns out, the only problem I encountered was a tube of tooth paste upon exiting from Zurich airport. So it doesn't sound as if you should have any problems with the OTC's. Have a great trip.

Regards,

Danielsan

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