Traveling outside of the United States with Diabetes

Sheri S
By Sheri S Latest Reply 2010-09-08 08:21:18 -0500
Started 2010-09-06 21:12:53 -0500

I know this is really last minute but…I am leaving on a road trip from WI to Ontario this Friday and am wondering if anyone has travel advise as to any rules that I should know about when crossing the border with an insulin pump and meds/supplies. I usually ask my Dr for prescriptions for all of my meds when traveling inside the US but am not sure if a US prescription is acceptable in Canada. I am only going to be in Canada for 2-3 days but want to be prepared. Any info would be appreciated since I haven't traveled outside of the US in 30+ years.

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide :o)

7 replies

Crashnot 2010-09-08 08:21:18 -0500 Report

I live in Ontario and travel to the states at least once a year by air. There is no problem with any kind of diabetes care device going across the border. Also, when you're here, stock up on supplies! The prices are capped and you'll pay a lot less for insulin, test strips, etc. Also, insulin here is all over the counter, no prescriptions needed. Any pharmacy can provide the supplies you may need if you are in a bind.

bicker68 2010-09-06 21:42:26 -0500 Report

I've traveled to Cananda often because thats where most of my Family lives, and I have never had a problem with my meds as long as they are in the precsription bottles and so forth.
Hope you enjoy your trip Ontario is beautiful this time of year. I didn't get to go this year, hoping to go to Saskatchewan next year.
Have a save one…

Kaiyle 2010-09-06 21:33:43 -0500 Report

Here are some helpful guidelines for transporting special items from the security perspective. Please note that airlines and other countries may have additional rules and restrictions on these and other items. You should check with your airline for more information. If you are traveling internationally, also check with the authorities in the country you plan to visit.

Also, if you are transporting particularly large items please verify your airline's policies on these items before you arrive at the airport. These standards differ from one airline to another.

Read the full article:

bicker68 2010-09-06 21:57:15 -0500 Report

This was a great article very imformative.

Kaiyle 2010-09-06 22:09:02 -0500 Report

Thank you, my friend. I hope everything falls into place for you and your family to take that amazing trip. It sounds absolutely intriguing!!!

Sheri S
Sheri S 2010-09-06 21:37:06 -0500 Report

Thanks Kaiyle…we will be driving so at least I don't have to worry about anything with more than 3oz of liquid this trip.

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