Some prescription drugs fall under the Opium Act and are therefore strictly prohibited abroad. This applies to sleeping pills and tranquilizers (amongst others Valium, Seresta), strong painkillers (amongst others morphine), ADHD medication (amongst others Ritalin, Concerta) and medicinal cannabis. Make sure that you obtain a medical certificate in time, so that you do not run into problems with customs.

The Opium Act contains a list of soft and hard drugs that you cannot have in your possession. Many prescription drugs (such as strong painkillers, tranquillizers, ADHD medication and medicinal cannabis) contain substances that fall under the Opium Act. Medical use is allowed, but if you want to take such drugs abroad, you need an official statement from your doctor. Such a statement confirms that you must take the medication for personal (medical) purposes. For a list of prescription drugs that fall under the Opium Act click here.

Original packaging

You can safely travel with prescription drugs that do not fall under the Opium Act. Take them with you in their original packaging with the pharmacy sticker that has your name and the dosage on it.

Medication passport

It is useful to ask your doctor or pharmacist for a medication passport (also called a pharmaceutical passport). This document states which medications you are taking and what the international name is for the ingredients. Should you lose the medication, then a doctor can prescribe the correct replacement. Such a medication passport is handy but is not an official travel document. It is not enough to be able to take medications with you that fall under the Opium Act. This requires an official statement.

You can fax or e-mail medical statements to:

Inspecteur van de volksgezondheid te Curaçao (Inspector of Public Health in Curaçao)
APNA complex gebouw E
Schouwburgweg 24-26
Willemstad, Curaçao
Telephone: (+5999) 466 9366
Fax: (+5999) 466 9367

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