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Medicines & Narcotics

Some medicines must meet certain requirements to clear Costa Rica Customs.

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Narcotics and dangerous drugs are prohibited entry. There are severe civil and/or criminal charges up to 20 years in prison if you bring illegal drugs through Customs. If you require medicines containing habit-forming drugs or narcotics (e.g., cough medicine, diuretics, heart drugs, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, stimulants, etc.), you must:

  • Have all drugs, medicines, and similar products properly identified
  • Carry only such quantity as would normally be used by an individual having the health problem requiring the drugs or medicines in your possession
  • Have either a prescription or written statement from your personal physician that the medicine is being used under a doctor's direction and that it is necessary for your physical well-being while traveling.
  • Declare such drugs or medications to the Customs officer.

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