Taking medicines with you when travelling to the Netherlands

Are you planning to travel to the Netherlands and do you need to take medicines with you? In most cases this will not be a problem. But you must be able to prove that they are for your own use.

Taking medicines with you to the Netherlands

You can find the rules for travelling with medicines on the Tax and Custom Administration's website.

Ban on travelling with narcotics and sedatives

Medicines listed in the Opium Act are considered to be narcotics and sedatives. This includes heavy painkillers or ADHD medication. You cannot take these medicines with you to the Netherlands. Ask your pharmacist or doctor whether your medicine falls under the Opium Act.

You can also look this up yourself. The text of the Opium Act is only available in Dutch. It does, however, include the international nonproprietary name (INN) of each active ingredient.

Do not send medicines by post

You cannot have medicines sent to the Netherlands by post. The Tax and Customs Administration will seize them. If you need extra medicines during your visit to the Netherlands, consult a Dutch doctor. They will be able to provide you with the same or similar medicines. You will, however, require a copy of your doctor's original prescription.