Travels to Russia? – Prescription Medication? – then this is a must read…

Travels to Russia? – Prescription Medication? – then this is a must read…

Louise writes:-

We have blogged in the past about taking medicines into Russia.  Our latest blog was back in July 2016 (link here) and we thought it prudent to remind our readers of the need to see a Notary if you are wishing to travel to Russia, whether on holiday or business, and are currently needing to take medication(s) which you need to take with you for that trip.

No doubt people might plan a holiday in Russia well in advance, in terms of tickets and hotels, car hire, guide books for sightseeing and the like. Perhaps though, the idea of seeking the online advice of the Foreign Office, or of the Russian consulate website does not occur to them as readily.

And if you are taking regular painkillers or other potent medicines for a chronic condition it may not occur to you that if you open your luggage and declare them at the border they may be confiscated, and if you don’t and they are found later you may be in serious trouble perhaps facing imprisonment.

And imprisonment without the drugs might be life threatening, and confiscation of the drugs at the border will mean you have to go straight back home if your health depends upon your pills.

In fact the ONLY way to be allowed to enter Russia with any of the medications which feature on the list on the Russian consulate website, is what it says on that website. Which is – “If you are travelling to Russia with one of those medicines from the list you must have a prescription or a doctor’s letter with a NOTARISED translation from English into Russian. The document should give the name of the patient, prescribed medicine and its quantity.

Please also note, for Russia, documents notarised in England must also be stamped with the Foreign Office Apostille.

Which means that this cannot be done in five minutes, or even a week. You have to

  1. put me in touch with your doctor, so I can check the prescription is genuine,
  2. obtain a translation of your prescription and/or a letter from the doctor, into Russian
  3. get my notarisation in English and Russian that the prescription is genuine and the translation is genuine
  4. get the FCO Apostille.

So it is always somewhat shocking to us how many times we are contacted very late in the day, as a kind of afterthought, – we have twice recently been contacted by people in this situation who have left it very late and once by people who have had to cancel their holiday plans entirely all because they started the exercise too late.

We at AtkinsonNotary can assist you in avoiding the above scenarios.  We offer a complete comprehensive package to verify, notarise, translate and legalise your prescriptions – all it would entail is a short meeting at our office for you to bring your medicine prescriptions which you require to be dealt with and simply leave the rest to us, giving you extra time to get ready for your trip and peace of mind that your medicines will not be taken from you.  We are fully aware of the requirements of Russia and we can proceed swiftly.

If you take a look at the Russian Embassy website Link here – they set out in detail their requirements for entry into the country with specific medications.

Don’t leave it to chance and risk your trip being denied or your medications being confiscated giving you no option but to return home because you need to take life-saving medication –come and see us, let us prepare the necessary paperwork leaving you to enjoy a stress free trip.

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