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Difference of Laws Prescribed by Various Countries Shall be Noticed in Immigration with Drugs for Avoidance of Penalty/Punishment in Violence

Nowadays, people more frequently travel for business or go abroad for tourism. Sometimes these travelers will carry drugs with them when they go abroad, become hospitalized abroad, or buy drugs abroad and bring the drugs with them on return. However, due to differences in entry regulations for bringing in drugs from different countries, such travelers may be in violation of the law and be subject to punishment according to the law. The Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health again reminds the public: if you need to carry drugs for private use upon entry, you must bring a diagnosis certificate issued by a hospital or a copy of the drug prescription for legal clearance through immigration. If you need to carry drugs when you go abroad, you should obey relevant regulations from other countries upon entry. The public is free to check the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, http://www.boca.gov.tw, Tour Information Overseas Visa from Various Countries and Notice of Entry, to understand the relevant entry regulations of the other countries. A diagnosis certificate issued by a hospital or a copy of the drug prescription is suggested for evidence. If you return after having been hospitalized abroad, or buy drugs abroad, you are obliged to be in compliance with regulations limiting drugs for private use, which are published in notices at customs upon entry. If the drug is a controlled substance (such as hypnotics etc.), it shall be limited for treatment of one’s own disease, and be consistent with the diagnosis certificate issued by a hospital. The drugs shall be carried in person since it is prohibited to send drugs via airmail or courier service, and the amount brought in shall not exceed that prescribed on the diagnosis certificate. For confirmation of the controlled substance list, please refer to the webpage of the Controlled Drug Division, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health/Controlled Drug Grading and Items. Source: Ministry of Health and Welfare (formerly known as Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.(TAIWAN))