Going To Russia? If You Require Prescription Medication, See a Notary.
This week’s Blog is somewhat specialised, but it does contain news which could be very important if you are travelling to Russia.
According to the NHS website link here almost half of adults in England take regular prescription medication. SO, if you are travelling to Russia, there is a 50-50% that this Blog is important to you.
The message is, from June 2016 ANYONE carrying prescription drugs into Russia, is required to carry a translation into the Russian language, of their prescription WHICH MUST BE DULY NOTARISED.
There is a link on the UK government website here which makes a further point. Some of the drugs which are openly available over the counter in England, still require a prescription from a Doctor before they are legally permitted to be used in Russia. So, these also will need to be prescribed for you by your Doctor, then the prescription translated and Notarised, if you want them not to be confiscated on your arrival into Russia.
But of course, the main worry is in respect of drugs which are keeping you alive, or reducing your risk of stroke or heart attack.
For these people, failure to comply with the new Russian requirement, will mean making a decision to return immediately, or to risk your life in order for your holiday or business meeting.
So the sensible thing is to get your new prescription well before your travel date, then bring it to me. I will then get in touch with your Doctor [because part of the notarisation process is to certify that the document is genuine] then get it translated. After adding my certification I can obtain the necessary Foreign and Commonwealth Office Apostille. [for more explanation about the Apostille see this link]
A final point is that when you do travel, do please ensure that the prescription medication is carried in its original packaging and not transferred into, say, a pill dispenser in your washbag. This is because if the Russians are not sure whether the pills you are carrying are actually the ones prescribed, they may be confiscated anyway.
The whole process is likely to take a working week, even less in an emergency, but I do suggest that the earlier the process is started, the less worry will be caused.
And stay away from this chap link here.
So:- for personal travel or for Business – for accurate Notarial acts and records, please do contact me or Louise whenever you need Notarial certification or Legalisation for your Documents– at http://www.atkinsonnotary.com – or phone me on 0113 816 0116 (internationally 0044 113 8160116)