Individuals and Travellers

Sedatives

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Sedatives include prescription medicines from the benzodiazepines group (eg diazepam, lorazepam).

Like other medicines, you can bring in sedatives so long as:

  • You are arriving in Australia as a passenger on board a ship or aircraft
  • The medicine is carried in your accompanied baggage
  • You carry a letter or copy of your prescription (written in English) from your Doctor to certify that the medicine has been prescribed to you to treat a medical condition
  • The quantity of the medicine does not exceed three months supply
    You should leave your medicine in its original packaging.

Penalties

Lose your goods, on the spot fine, prosecution and large financial penalties may apply.

Examples

Benzodiazepines, lorazepam, diazepam, nitrazepam, oxazepam

Exceptions

If you run out of medicine, you will need to either see a Doctor in Australia to have the medicine prescribed and supplied in Australia (if it is available in Australia) or apply for a permit from Therapeutic Goods Administration before you arrange to have medicine sent to you. You must have a permit if ordering these medicines from overseas.

Related websites

Personal Importation Scheme