Medicines imported from abroad

18 June 2019

If you, as a private individual, imports medicine to Denmark, there are certain rules that you need to be aware of – whether you buy medicines online, have them sent to you by post or bring them into Denmark from abroad.

The table below gives you an overview of the rules on which medicines private individuals are allowed to import – click on the links in the table text to get a more detailed description.

From an EU/EEA country

From any other country

Medicine brought into Denmark - in general

You can import medicines for personal use.

The medicine must be legal to sell in the country where it was bought.

Personal imports are allowed, but no more than a quantity corresponding to 3 months use.

The medicine must be legal to sell in the country where it was bought.

Medicine* sent by post - in general

You can import medicines for personal use.

The medicine must be legal to sell in the country from which it was dispatched.

Illegal to import for private individuals.

Medicine containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (euphoriant substances) brought into Denmark

Imports for personal use are allowed, but not more than a quantity corresponding to 30 days use.

Not! It is a good idea to carry documentation, e.g. a certificate under the Schengen agreement (pill passport).

The medicine must be legal to sell in the country where it was bought.

Imports for personal use are allowed, but not more than a quantity corresponding to 30 days use.

Note! It is a good idea to carry documentation, e.g. a copy of the prescription and purchase receipt.

The medicine must be legal to sell in the country where it was bought.

Medicine containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (euphoriant substances) sent by post

Illegal for private individuals

Illegal for private individuals

Medicine containing substances on our doping list brought into Denmark

To carry a doping substance, you must be able to prove that it has been prescribed to you by a doctor.   

You should therefore carry your prescription with you. It is also a good idea to carry the purchase receipt as well.

Please also see the general rules on bringing medicine into Denmark, which also apply here.

To carry a doping substance, you must be able to prove that it has been prescribed to you by a doctor.  

You should therefore carry your prescription with you. It is also a good idea to carry the purchase receipt as well.

Please also see the general rules on bringing medicine into Denmark, which also apply here.

Medicine containing substances on our doping list sent by post

To carry a doping substance, you must be able to prove that it has been prescribed to you by a doctor.

You should therefore enclose a copy of the receipt with the parcel. It is also a good idea to enclose the purchase receipt.

Please also see the general rules on medicine sent by post, which also apply here.

Illegal to import for private individuals

Medicines for animals

Illegal to import for private individuals

Illegal to import for private individuals

The rules aim to protect your health

The medicines used by people in Denmark should be as safe and effective as possible. Medicines manufactured in countries in the EU and EEA are controlled and subjected to a very strict authorisation procedure. This is important to ensure that the medicine works and contains what is declared on the pack. The product’s packaging material will always give information about the product and its side effects.

Sadly, these conditions are not always met for medicines manufactured outside the EU and the EEA. And the consequences could be very serious. In fact, these medicines could be ineffective or even worse, they could be very dangerous to your health.

That’s why separate rules apply regarding which products and how much can be brought into Denmark from countries that are not part of the EU/EEA.

Travelling with medicines

If you are carrying medicines on travels abroad, please be aware that other rules may apply in the country you are visiting.

Usually, you will need to bring proof if your medicine is on the list of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (euphoriant substances). If you are travelling to an EU/EEA country, you can order a certificate under the Schengen agreement (pill passport) at your pharmacy.

If you need further guidance, please contact the embassy of the country you are travelling to.

When you return to Denmark, the rules described in the table above apply.

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