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Hi all,

I am going to turkey in a few days and i am on a lot of medication. I was wondering if i need to worry about taking this to turkey. Are there any meds that are not allowed in Turkey?

I live in the UK


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I take my medication to Turkey and have never had any problems. I carry it in my hand luggage and always keep it in its original packaging. If your worried ask your doctor for a letter confirming what meds you take. I think you need a letter to carry liquid meds through anyway ie. Insulin ect.....

I had enquired on the Fethiye forum and was told that you can purchase most meds from the pharmacists in Turkey if for some reason you run short or if it works out cheaper than your prescription.

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The only medication not available in Turkey is codeine which is banned, but you would not be in trouble bring some with you.

If you do need medication in Turkey you will not need a prescription, you can buy anything over the counter.

This is a useful website that gives you all the names of the Turkish medicines and the British equivalent.


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That link is very useful F-J; thank you. D

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My Husband is a type 2 diabetic and always carries his medication in the hand luggage. He also carries a duplicate amount in his case just for emergencies should one of the supplies goes astray, and never had a problem.

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I take some pretty extensive medication, and always worried about taking it abroad particularly in places like Egypt/Turkey. I always carry a letter from my Dr detailing my prescription and also confirms that it is necessary for me to have this with me at all times. I've carried it in hand luggage (firstly to ensure I have it with me, even if I took my medication prior to flying it'd be a nightmare if our luggage were lost, & also if there is an issue its picked up in security where I have confirmation that I need it). I have never been stopped but to be on the safe side I carry the letter to back me up. X

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Did you know that some airlines allow you a bigger luggage allowance if you require medication - worth checking with your carrier.

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Thanks for the confirmation on meds. I am on some medication and my partner is type 2 diabetic, I usually photo copy the prescription and carry that with our travel docs, but always have it in our hand luggage. May get letter of conf. From G.P

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Very good link f-j :)

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I take a lot of medication and have never had any problems in airports even when they have searched my hand luggage because I wrapped my butties in tin foil

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