CAN I EASILY BRING MY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN AND OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA?

Q –  We will be going on safari next year a and I would like to know the strategy for bringing drugs like Zyrtac, for allergies, into the country. I have read that they are very strict about drugs. 

A – South Africa, along with many other nations in Africa are extremely strict about drugs brought into the country. In several African nations, for instance, Tylenol and Excedrin are considered to be Class 1 narcotics and fines or jail time can be used to punish offenders. Tourists, we should point out, are not usually the victims.

There are, however, some simple precautions that should remove all worries. Always travel with your prescription drugs in their original bottle and have a doctor’s note authorizing use.  If you get most of your drugs from the same pharmacy you can have them print out the list of your current prescriptions. We recommend that you take the list and have it notarized at your bank or somewhere convenient. Border inspectors like raised seals on documents. You will certainly not be the first Americans to bring prescription drugs through O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. You will find South Africans among the most welcoming of peoples. Don’t bring the inspectors at Passport Control a gift bottle of Celebrex.