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May 16, 2023

Medications you can bring to Australia

The reasons why you might be interested in understanding which medications you can bring to Australia are diverse. Whether you are about to move to Australia with a Working Holiday Visa or simply about to go on trip with a tourist visa, it is crucial to pay attention to the medications you bring to Australia in order to avoid unnecessary issues.

In Australia, most medicines can be brought in without any restrictions as long as they are for personal use. However, it is not permitted to transport medicines intended for other individuals unless they are your child, partner, or immediate family member.

Here are the medicines you can bring into Australia.

Here are the recommendations based on an official government source of information:

  1. Do not bring medicines or medical devices to Australia that are not intended for you or a close family member.
  2. Medicines that require a prescription in Australia (generally the same ones that require it in Italy) must be accompanied by an Italian medical prescription, which can be either already written in English or in Italian and subsequently translated with NAATI certification.
  3. Keep the original packaging of the medicines.
  4. Do not bring more than a three-month supply of medicines with you.
  5. Medicines being transported must be declared to customs by selecting “YES” for question 1 on the ‘Arriving Passenger Card‘.
  6. Carry these medicines in your carry-on luggage, not in checked baggage.


In general, always declare the medicines you are carrying, even if for personal use.

Pay attention to the transport of hormones, sedatives, and steroids.

    • They must be declared.
    • They should be carried in the carry-on baggage.
    • The maximum transportable supply is three months.
    • An English prescription is required.

You need to obtain permission from the Office of Drug Control for these specific drugs or tools: Abortifacients (e.g., mifepristone – RU486) Yohimbe (Yohimbine) Aminophenazone, amidopyrine, aminopyrine, dipyrone Amygdalin/laetrile (also referred to as ‘Vitamin B17’) Injections containing human or animal material such as Hizentra® or Clexane®

For any further information, please feel free to contact our infopoint at infopoint@atlasmigration.com.

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