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Can my GP prescribe extra medication to cover my holiday?

If you need medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP may be able to supply you with a prescription for extra supply of medication to cover your holiday abroad.

Before your GP can supply you with medication to cover your holiday, he or she will need to consider factors such as the type of medication you are taking and local polices around supply of medication to cover long holidays. For example, if you are taking a medicine which requires you to have regular monitoring or blood tests, your GP will need to consider this. Therefore, you should arrange to see your GP several weeks before you go away on holiday to discuss this.

Will my GP prescribe medication in case I'm ill when I'm away?

Talk to your GP about this. They will only give you an NHS prescription if they think that you need the medication. They don't have to give you an NHS prescription just because you think you should have the medication.

Some GPs will provide private prescriptions if they agree that you should take medication in case you're ill while you’re away. You will have to pay for a private prescription.

Check what medication you can take

Before you travel, find out if there are any restrictions on taking your medicine in and out of:

  • the UK
  • the country you're visiting

Some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be controlled in other countries. For more information, see Can I take my medicine abroad? and What is a controlled medicine (drug)?

When you return

If you're given any medication while you're away, try to find out if it's legal to bring it back into the UK. If you're in any doubt, declare it at customs when you come back.

Read the answers to more questions about travel health.

Further information:

Page last reviewed: 24/03/2014

Next review due: 23/03/2016