How to manage your PBS medicine overseas

There are laws and restrictions on the amount and types of PBS medicine you can take or send overseas.

Taking medicine with you

It’s illegal to take PBS medicines overseas for:

  • someone other than yourself
  • someone other than an immediate family member who is travelling with you.

If you illegally take or send PBS medicine overseas, you risk 1 or both of these:

  • a fine of up to $11,000 as of August 2021
  • 2 years in prison.

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If you plan to take a PBS medicine with you on your trip, make sure it’s legal to:

  • have in the country you’re going to
  • take out of Australia.

Before you go

Before you go you should:

  1. Check with the country’s embassy, high commission or consulate if the medicine is legal there.
  2. Get a valid prescription from an Australian doctor for the medicine and take it with you, if it’s legal. If you can’t do this, print and fill in the Medicine Export Declaration form. Take it with you when you go through customs.
  3. Leave the medicine in the original packaging.

If you have concerns about any medicine you plan to take with you overseas, go to the SmartTraveller website. You can check the country you’re visiting. Search for the country you’re visiting and check what it says about medication under ‘Health’.

Page last updated: 16 August 2021