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Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

Hi,

I'm a US citizen flying into Zurich soon for a 5 day stay with a friend.
I broke my back 8 months ago and have been prescribed "Percocet" (Oxycodone) for pain. I rarely use it but, have on occasion.

It is a 10 hour flight from Los Angeles to London then a 2 hr flight to Zurich. It is also a 10 flight from Dublin (connecting flight) back to Los Angeles when I return.
I want to have these medicines with me if I find it too painful to sit for that amount of time.
Oxycodone is considered a narcotic and I think I need special permit or certification to carry them with me while I'm there. I have the medicine in the original packaging with my name and doctors name on it.

Does anyone here have experience with this?
Thank you in advance.
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...and-drugs.html
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

Thank you.
It seems I would have had to address this a few weeks ago. Fortunately, I doubt I'll have any issues , so I am just going to leave the meds at home.
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

You first need to determine whether or not your drug is on the "List d" (called "Verzeichnis d" in German).

Here are the names of the drugs and in the right-hand column to which list ("Verzeichnis") each belongs.
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...tml#app1ahref1
and here is list d itself:
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...tml#app5ahref1

If your drug is NOT on list d, then you can import the amount you need for your personal use during less than 30 days.
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a41
Rough machine translation:
Art. 41 Import
1 Sick travellers may import into Switzerland without an import permit medicinal products containing controlled substances which they need for their treatment for a maximum period of 30 days and which do not contain any of the substances listed in List d.
2 If their stay lasts longer than 30 days, they must contact a doctor who is licensed to practise in Switzerland and have them prescribe the medicines necessary for their treatment.
I haven't managed to find, yet, what you are supposed to do if your drug is, indeed, on List d. Sorry.
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

For drugs which are on list d, one may or may not need a permit. I found the rules difficult to follow.

Perhaps you would like to make a direct enquiry.

If you google "wegleitung sonderbewilligung - swissmedic" and then choose the pdf starting "Diese Wegleitung ist eine Auslegung der rechtlichen Grundlagen", and then scroll right down to Section 13, "Kontaktadressen", you will find a list of Sections of the Federal Department of Health responsible for each type of typically not permitted drug.
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

Break a few out of the blister pack and put them in a bottle and you'll have no problems, if anybody asks, just say they are Panadol or Dafalgen pan killers for your broken back
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Break a few out of the blister pack and put them in a bottle and you'll have no problems, if anybody asks, just say they are Panadol or Dafalgen pan killers for your broken back
I'd probably do this... but if you're entirely risk averse, just take enough for the flights out, and then get a prescription here.
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I'd probably do this... but if you're entirely risk averse, just take enough for the flights out, and then get a prescription here.
I've travelled with prescription drugs (yes, including opiates, e.g. morphine) many times, including US<->CH, and never bothered about it. I just made sure that any pack I had included the Pharmacy label so I could show it had been prescribed to me. Worst case scenario, I did, would have been that they might be confiscated by customs. As long as you've only got enough for the intended length of stay I wouldn't sweat it.

Edit: I see now that the links provided by doropfiz show that this was allowed anyway, but I always assumed that common sense would apply.
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I've travelled with prescription drugs (yes, including opiates, e.g. morphine) many times, including US<->CH, and never bothered about it. I just made sure that any pack I had included the Pharmacy label so I could show it had been prescribed to me. Worst case scenario, I did, would have been that they might be confiscated by customs. As long as you've only got enough for the intended length of stay I wouldn't sweat it.

Edit: I see now that the links provided by doropfiz show that this was allowed anyway, but I always assumed that common sense would apply.



Not necessarily, did you hear the story about the Englsih lady taking 290 painkillers to her Egyptian boyfriend/husband in Cairo that were forbidden in Egypt ?


She got 4 years pokey
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Not necessarily, did you hear the story about the Englsih lady taking 290 painkillers to her Egyptian boyfriend/husband in Cairo that were forbidden in Egypt ?


She got 4 years pokey

They were not pain killers for herself, Big Difference IMO.


In UK, the Law is one can only get Tramadol with a Doctor Certificate.
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Not necessarily, did you hear the story about the Englsih lady taking 290 painkillers to her Egyptian boyfriend/husband in Cairo that were forbidden in Egypt ?


She got 4 years pokey
Egypt is not Switzerland.

Just bring your doctors prescription, you’ll be fine.
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They were not pain killers for herself, Big Difference IMO.


In UK, the Law is one can only get Tramadol with a Doctor Certificate.



I don't think it made any difference who they were for, they were a banned narcotic in Egypt which was the problem, period.
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I don't think it made any difference who they were for, they were a banned narcotic in Egypt which was the problem, period.
If it had been a packet for personal use, then a small bribe fine and confiscation is the most likely outcome. She was caught, bang to rights, smuggling drugs - drugs she'd obtained illegally in the UK.
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Hi,

I'm a US citizen flying into Zurich soon for a 5 day stay with a friend.
I broke my back 8 months ago and have been prescribed "Percocet" (Oxycodone) for pain. I rarely use it but, have on occasion.

It is a 10 hour flight from Los Angeles to London then a 2 hr flight to Zurich. It is also a 10 flight from Dublin (connecting flight) back to Los Angeles when I return.
I want to have these medicines with me if I find it too painful to sit for that amount of time.
Oxycodone is considered a narcotic and I think I need special permit or certification to carry them with me while I'm there. I have the medicine in the original packaging with my name and doctors name on it.

Does anyone here have experience with this?
Thank you in advance.
They have far bigger problems to deal with than this I imagine. Having the packaging with the label and prescription etc is fine.
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

Another practical approach is to pop them out of the packet, stuff them in a condom, tie up the top and shove it up your bottom. This is a common approach for international travellers from the Southern American region.
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Not necessarily, did you hear the story about the Englsih lady taking 290 painkillers to her Egyptian boyfriend/husband in Cairo that were forbidden in Egypt ?


She got 4 years pokey
She was fined for smuggling drugs that were not hers, obtained wrongly, to give to someone else, that were banned in Egypt.

Sounds like a drug mule

None of the above applies to OP.
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If it had been a packet for personal use, then a small bribe fine and confiscation is the most likely outcome. She was caught, bang to rights, smuggling drugs - drugs she'd obtained illegally in the UK.
Sounds like a different way of interpreting “Smoke shit and fly»
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

Should you choose to not bring them with you, there is a walk in clinic at the Zurich train station where you could hopefully get a prescription. However, in Switzerland, strong pain killers are not handed out so easily. (I was only given an anti-inflammatory when I had surgery.) Worst case scenario, you can get codeine syrup over the counter though.

Walk in clinic:
http://www.permanence.ch/
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Re: Traveling to Switzerland with painkillers

I need to travel with co-dafalgan, a mixture of codeine and paracetamol, really not very strong. However, importation of codeine in any quantity is illegal in many countries, including Greece and Indonesia, both of which I have visited this year. I therefore travel with a letter from my doctor which says that I need this medication.

I dont take 290 tablets like the dumb drug smuggler did to Egypt either.
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You first need to determine whether or not your drug is on the "List d" (called "Verzeichnis d" in German).

Here are the names of the drugs and in the right-hand column to which list ("Verzeichnis") each belongs.
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...tml#app1ahref1
and here is list d itself:
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...tml#app5ahref1

If your drug is NOT on list d, then you can import the amount you need for your personal use during less than 30 days.
https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a41
Rough machine translation:
Art. 41 Import
1 Sick travellers may import into Switzerland without an import permit medicinal products containing controlled substances which they need for their treatment for a maximum period of 30 days and which do not contain any of the substances listed in List d.
2 If their stay lasts longer than 30 days, they must contact a doctor who is licensed to practise in Switzerland and have them prescribe the medicines necessary for their treatment.
I haven't managed to find, yet, what you are supposed to do if your drug is, indeed, on List d. Sorry.
Oxycodon is List A+ (needs a particular form of prescription). So personal import of the quantity needed for the duration of a 5 day stay is permitted.

I'd still leave them in the original packaging and bring a copy of the prescription (or other document, like a discharge letter). But tbat's out of general sensible caution.
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