Bringing Medications to Thailand

Bringing Medications to Thailand

28 Aug 2019

Guidance for Travellers to Thailand under Treatment Carrying Personal Medications Containing Narcotic Drugs/Psychotropic Substances into/out of Thailand. Click


  • If the prescription medicine not listed as controlled drugs. The medications are likely classified as medication preparations according to the Drug Act B.E. 2510 (1967). A patient under treatment who requires medications in that category is allowed to bring for personal use such medications in a quantity not exceeding 30 days of prescribed usage. The medications must be in their original containers with proper labels, accompanied by a letter or prescription for the doctor.  However, such medications fall under the responsibility of the Bureau of Drug Control, Thai FDA. You can consult that office directly by sending an email to the Director of the Bureau of Drug Control:  Please also send a cc copy of that email to


If your prescription medicine falls under Category 2 of the list of controlled drugs, you should get a permit from the Food and Drug Administration, by completing online application (click here) at least 2 weeks in advance. The Food and Drug Administration will take 3-5 working days to check your application and issue the permit. 

Please note that application must be completed online. The link can be found at, by clicking the "Permit Request" button on the top right corner, and choosing "Application for Carry-In". It is recommended that the applicant uses PC or laptop to do this (cannot be done on mobile phone).  Once the permit is granted, it will be sent by email. Applicant is required to print out the permit and bring it with them to Thailand when pass throught the customs channel at the airport.

For more information

Please visit Food and DrugAdministration of Thailand’s website at for more information and online application, or contact directly to Drug Control Division, Food and Drug Administration e-mail to  or Narcotics Control Division e-mail to

Narcotics Control Division, Food and Drug Administration

Ministry of Public Health 

Narcotics Control Division, Food and Drug Administration
Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi 11000, THAILAND
Tel : +66 2590 7346, Fax : +66 2591 8471

Email :