Food and Drug Administration Of Thailand

    


Frequently Asked Questions



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Dexamphetamine is classified as a narcotic drug of category 1 according to the Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979) of Thailand, amended by the Narcotics Act B.E. 2545 (2002). The importation into Thailand of narcotic drugs in category 1 (such as dexamphetamine) is prohibited (except for the approved use by a government agency). This prohibition includes those cases in which patients wish to carry those medications for personal medical treatment during visits to Thailand. Therefore, the FDA is not authorized to issue a permit for travellers to Thailand to carry narcotic drugs in category 1 (such as dexamphetamine) for personal use.

Furthermore, dexamphetamine is not available in Thailand. In this case, please consult your physician as to whether you can use an alternative medication such as methylphenidate for treatment of ADHD or narcolepsy.

Methylphenidate is classified as a psychotropic substance in category 2 according to the Psychotropic Substances Act B.E. 2518 (1975). A patient under treatment is allowed to bring Methylphenidate into Thailand for personal use in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE when accompanied by a valid prescription and/or medical document from the prescribing physician.

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Methadone is classified as a narcotic preparation of category 2 according to the Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979). Travellers under treatment are allowed to carry medications containing narcotic drugs of Category 2 into of Thailand for personal treatment in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE when accompanied by a valid prescription and/or medical document from the prescribing physician, and must follow all the applicable regulations strictly.

A traveller to Thailand under treatment of a narcotic such as methadone in category 2 of the Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979) must submit the following documents:
1) Application for Carry In (Form IC-1) as attached.
2) Prescription written by the physician who provided the medical treatment.
3) Certificate issued by a competent authority of the country of departure to confirm the patient’s legal authorization to transport those medications for personal use.

The Certificate of Authorization must be issued by a competent authority in the country of departure, such as a local Health Authority or the relevant Government Department. Certificates may either be produced by the issuing government authority, or completed on a suitable form by the prescribing physician, and presented to a competent authority for confirmation (stamp, seal, and signature), depending on the applicable regulations in the country of departure.

The competent authorities responsible for issuing such Certificates of Authorization may be different from country to country. For Australia, please contact the Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health, Treaties and Compliance (MDP88) GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Telephone number 02 6289 2686 Fax: 02 6289 2500.

We are pleased to provide you with an example of a Certificate of Authorization issued by the Australian Government, which is attached for your convenience.

When all the required documents are completed (Application form IC-1, Prescription, and Certificate of Authorization issued by a competent authority), please fax all documents to our fax number (66) 2591-8471, or send scanned copies by email, or mail the original copies to:

 Narcotics Control Division
 Food and Drug Administration
 Ministry of Public Health
 Nonthaburi 11000, THAILAND
 Email:  tnarcotics@fda.moph.go.th

In case the documents are sent via fax or email, the applicant is required to mail all original documents (via airmail if possible) to the address above. The application must list both the generic name and the trade name of the medication, which must be transported in the original container with the label intact and legible.

Upon approval of the application, the Thai FDA will issue a certificate (Form IC-2) authorizing the visitor to import the approved category 2 narcotics for personal medical treatment in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE. You will receive the certificate (Form IC-2) by email, and the original documents will be sent to you by airmail.

For more information, please refer to the Guidance for Travellers in the pdf file as attached.

 

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In that case, your medications are likely be classified as medication preparations according to the Drug Act B.E. 2510. A patient under treatment of medications in that category is allowed to transport for personal use medications in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE. 

 
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: vinit@fda.moph.go.th Please also send a cc copy of that email to drug@fda.moph.go.th

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No, you don’t need to submit Form IC-1. Zopiclone is classified as a psychotropic substance in category 2 according to the Psychotropic Substances Act B.E. 2518 (1975). A patient under treatment of medications in that category such as Zopiclone is allowed to transport those medications into Thailand for personal use in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE when accompanied by a valid prescription and/or medical document from the prescribing physician.

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You have properly fulfilled the FDA requirements to legally carry that medication into Thailand. Methylphenidate is classified as a psychotropic substance according to the Psychotropic Substances Act B.E. 2518 (1975). A patient under treatment of medications in that category, such as Methylphenidate, is allowed to transport those medications into Thailand for personal use in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE when accompanied by a valid prescription and/or medical document from the prescribing physician.

In your case, as you already have the required document and prescription from the prescribing physician to accompany the medication in question, if you have nothing else to declare you are allowed to pass through the Green Channel at airport customs without declaring the medication because it is then considered as personal belongings.

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Buprenorphine and clonazepam are classified as psychotropic substances according to the Psychotropic Substances Act B.E. 2518 (1975). A patient under treatment of medications in that category is allowed to transport those medications into Thailand for personal use in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE when accompanied by a valid prescription and/or medical document from the prescribing physician.

In your case, we request that on arrival in Thailand you deposit the quantity of your medications exceeding the allowed 30-day usage at the airport Customs Bond. You can deposit your medications there, receive a receipt for them, and then be free to leave the airport. As you depart Thailand through that same airport, first check-in with your airline and receive your boarding pass, then present the receipt for your medication to officials of your airline. You will then be accompanied by an official of your airline to the Customs Bonding Facility to recover your medications.

Please see further details about the Customs Bonding Facility in the attached file.

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Please follow the link to the list of the hospitals where you can discuss your medication requirements with a licensed physician.

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Escitalopram is classified as a medical preparation according to the Drug Act B.E. 2510 (1967). It is not classified as a narcotic or a psychotropic substance.

A patient under treatment of medications such as Escitalopram is allowed to transport those medications into Thailand for personal use in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE.

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No, you are only required to fill in Form IC-1. Following the approval of your application, we will issue a permit (Form IC-2) to authorize you to carry medications containing narcotic drugs of category 2 into Thailand. Form IC-2 also covers your remaining medication upon your departure from Thailand. Therefore, all of these documents must be kept with you throughout your stay in Thailand.

Form OC-2 is applicable for patients treated by physicians in Thailand who would like to carry medications containing narcotic drugs in category 2 for personal use out of Thailand. Form OC-2 also covers the remaining medication of those patients when they return to Thailand.

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Tramadol is classified as a medical preparation according to the Drug Act B.E. 2510 (1967). It is not classified as a narcotic or a psychotropic substance. Therefore, you are not required to apply for a permit to bring Tramadol into Thailand.

A patient under treatment of medications such as Tramadol is allowed to carry those medications into Thailand for personal use in a quantity NOT EXCEEDING 30 DAYS OF PRESCRIBED USAGE when accompanied by a valid prescription and/or medical document from the prescribing physician.

In your case, as you already have the prescription from the prescribing physician to accompany the medication in question, if you have nothing else to declare you are allowed to pass through the Green Channel at airport customs without declaring the medication because it is then considered as personal belongings.