Medical cannabis has become very popular in the last few years. As the patient numbers grow, so does the need to travel across borders with cannabis.

People are often unclear on what the rules are about travelling with cannabis. In Australia the answer is clear. When you start talking about international travel, things become a bit more murky.

Can I travel with medical cannabis locally within Australia?

Within Australia, the answer is yes, as long as you have a legal prescription from a doctor who has been authorised to prescribe the medicine by the TGA.

Each state has its own rules and regulations on how a patient may access medical cannabis and therefore it’s important that you understand each state’s laws when travelling. If you’d like to contact a state or territory within Australia you can find the relevant contact details on the TGA’s website.

Can I travel with medical cannabis internationally?

When leaving Australia it’s important that you understand the laws of the country you are going to. Because cannabis laws differ all over the world, we cannot answer this question with a simple yes or no. In order to make sure you comply with the law of countries you’re travelling to, we recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Do your own research. SmartTraveller was setup by the Australian government to help you with information about travelling abroad.
  2. Contact the government of the country you’ll be travelling to. You can contact a local foreign representative to ask your questions.
  3. Talk to your doctor. If cannabis is not legal, even with a prescription, in the country you’re travelling to, talk to your healthcare professional about other options.
  4. Bring the relevant paperwork. Even if your medication is legal, make sure to bring your prescriptions, a note from your doctor explaining your medication, dosage and who it’s for.

Conclusion

Regardless of whether you’re travelling locally interstate within Australia or overseas, it’s important that you have supporting evidence for the medication in case anything does go wrong.

We recommend bringing:

  • Your medication in the original packaging (acts as your script)
  • A physical or digital copy of your TGA approval (can request this from your doctor or clinic).
  • A note from your prescribing doctor that explains your medication.