Kindly help me with the quantity of insulin i can carry in plane.

dear friends,
i m moving to New Zealand for 2 years for study . i have type 1 diabetics. So kindly let me know can i carry 1 year supply of insulin with me and how i can do that , in carry bag or in luggage. Also is their any problem in carrying syringes with me . Also can i get insulin over their over the counter without doctor prescription .please help

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So long as you have a letter from your doctor and the NZ edcation board or UNI to say why you need to carry insulins and supplies for a year they can not stop you and as your to study there perfect reason why you are carrying a years supply,Good look with your study also,there nice people and country.

thanks mishi ,please also help can i get insulin over their without prescription like over the counter.

I have checked my Asia/Pacfic med book for pharma control drugs/OTC and no insulin is not a OTC so you need a prescription,What you should do is register with local GP and dont forget to tell the compass health care people on site also,Please dont put the insulin in hold it will be infective one it has gone through freeze process.

As far as I know, you can carry as much insulin as your check luggage can hold.

As ar as carry ons go, there is a seperate line where you can get medical necessities checked. On any number of occasions, I have not had my insulin checked. I've just run it through the x-ray in my carry-on luggage and that was that. On the few occasions where I've had more than 6 oz for extended trips, I've never had a problem putting it all in a carry-on.

as my monthly requirement is around 1500 units ,which is like 15ml in a month making it 200ml a year .so it wont be a problem . its just 2 oz.but what about the syringes.

Never had a problem with syringes in my carry-on. I do have doctor's notes for my supplies just in case but I've never had to actually present the note to anybody.

I wouldn't put insulin in a checked bag. The luggage holds aren't temperature controlled.

Agreed, never have, hopefully will never have to.

While technically, you should be able to bring in an insulin supply for your personal use, you need to be prudent. If you appear to be bringing in quantities of insulin that are inappropriate, you may be suspected of bringing them in for intended sale. By my reckoning, you would need nearly 20 vials of insulin and something like 14 boxes of syringes. That is like an entire suitcase of supplies. That will raise some suspicion. Look what happened to Sylvester Stallone. And all he had was 48 vials of growth hormone. And he said his doctor prescribed it.

This is a diabetes forum for young adults in Australia. I used to read it and my memory is that it also has some participants from New Zealand. It might be a good place to ask your question.

On most airlines, you are allowed an extra carry on bag for medical supplies. I'd call the airline and let them know that you'll have an extra bag for med supplies. I've never had a problem going through with D supplies, they go through the xray unquestioned. If you're concerned, have a letter from a doctor saying you need the supplies, and maybe a document showing that you'll be there as a student for a year.

Do not put it in checked bags... as noted above, the baggage hold is not temperature co ntrolled. The insulin could freeze on the long flight to NZ and it would be ruined. That could be expensive.

I have never had a problem carrying insulin or syringes onboard international flights, but admittedly have never tried to carry a year's worth.




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