May I Bring Prescription Drugs

Entering Austria in possession of pharmaceuticals

Travellers with permanent residence abroad are entitled to carry an appropriate amount of pharmaceuticals for their own use when entering Austria. Even in the case of prescription drugs, it is not necessary to carry a medical certificate to prove that drugs are intended for your own consumption only.

Travellers residing in Austria who have purchased pharmaceuticals in another country may take them into Austria, provided that the amount does not exceed three packs per person.


Travelling with pharmaceuticals that contain narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances

According to article 75 of the Schengen Treaty, pharmaceuticals that contain narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances may only be carried if you are in possession of a Schengen Certificate. This provision applies to citizens of Schengen states only.

The relevant certificate may be issued by the competent authority of your home country. The Schengen Certificate is valid for a maximum of 30 consecutive days. The duration of the journey may be shorter than this period as long as the date of entry lies within these 30 days.

Travellers who do not reside in another Schengen State are not authorized to carry pharmaceuticals that contain narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances upon entering Austria.

For the latest information on this topic, please visit the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health