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Travelling with Primary Immunodeficiency
- If you are travelling into or out of Australia and taking immunoglobulin (plasma derived products are regulated as presciption medicines), check travelling with medicines and medical devices on the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) website (watch the video).
- Check the medicine is allowed in the country you are travelling to. Do this by contacting their consulate or embassy.
- Some medicines that are legally available in Australia are not allowed in other countries
- Some medicines are legally allowed in other countries but need a permit
- Some medicines need customs clearance – check with customs in each country stop over prior to flying
- Your medication may be illegal at your destination (you may need to ask your doctor about alternatives)
- Restrictions also apply to complementary medicines
- Carry a letter from your doctor
- Keep all medication in original packaging
- Check with your immunologist for arrangements for appointments and infusions in other countries well before leaving Australia or departing your country
Australians needing IVIg overseas
Please consult with your immunologist and refer to the National Blood Authority website well before you travel.
- Australian Government: Dept of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Travelers with Specific Needs
- Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA)
- Contact TGA: email@example.com (link sends e-mail) | 1800 020 653
- Australian list of Consulates
- Australian list of Embassies and Consulates overseas
- Dept of Immigration and Border Protection
- Aust Govt Fact Sheet Travelling With Medicines
- Travelling With Medicines Fact Sheet Dept Immigration and Border Protection
- NBA Supply of blood and blood related products for use by Australian residents temporarily overseas factsheet
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