Going through customs with copaxone

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Going through customs with copaxone

Postby aetex » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:29 am

Hi- I am getting ready for a trip to Costa RIca in a couple weeks. I have a copy of my prescription for security on the US side of things, but I am worried that Costa Rica customs may not be so understanding about someone bringing filled syringes into the country.
Has anyone done this? Any advice?
Thank you!

PS I'm on Copaxone 40, traveling for 6 days so I'll only need to take a few doses with me
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby aetex » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:11 pm

I had an appointment with my neurologist today and he is having a letter written stating that I am in possession of prescribed medication. This was the recommendation of Shared Solutions. I will let you all know how this goes for the sake of continuity and future reference.
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby ElliotB » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:31 am

Why not contact Costa Rica customs before you trip and find out their requirements?
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby aetex » Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:58 am

I've tried...but it's difficult to find contact information for anyone in customs. The only phone number I have found that is an english line has a full mailbox. While I am able to communicate in spanish on a basic level, I don't think I am able to have this conversation in spanish effectively.

I did find this statement on the Costa Rica embassy page just last night:

"If you need to take your personal medicine while traveling to Costa Rica, please consider the following:
Carry just the necessary quantity, which is the quantity normally used by a person having your health problem.
You should have a prescription or a written statement from your doctor, specifying that the medicine is being used under his/her control and that you need it for your physical health.
Have the medicines labeled or properly identified."

I think it will be fine. A week of relaxing on a Costa Rican beach may be the best medicine anyway :)
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby aetex » Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:33 pm

I went through security 4 times (3 times in US, once in Costa Rica) and customs/immigration in both countries. Not one time was my baggage questioned. No one asked to search and no one asked why I had syringes packed. OF course, I was prepared with a copy of my prescription as well as a letter from my neurologist, but it turned out to be unnecessary.
Hope this thread helps the next traveller!

PS- a week on an amazing beach really is the best medicine!!! I feel better than I have in months!
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby DougL » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:24 am

good to hear
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby mccpm » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:39 am

Hello. I travel a lot outside of the US and I have never had a problem with anyone questioning my medication in Asia, Europe or Latin America. I think it is safe to say that most places will not question your needles.
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Re: Going through customs with copaxone

Postby mccpm » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:45 am

Also I have carried up to 14 needles into many countries in the regions I mentioned and have never been questioned on any occasion.
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