EASYJET passengers are being warned to check their hand luggage before travelling or they could face problems at the airport – and even miss their flight,
Brits risk missing their flight if they don’t have the right prescriptionCredit: Alamy
However, Brits who need their medication will have to take it in their hand luggage – and some airlines have been requiring additional documents for them.
GPs have raised concerns after the airline has asked passengers for a GP letter – despite just a prescription being needed.
BMA’s GP Committee said in a statement: “It has been brought to our attention that some airlines are advising that travellers bringing medication in their hand luggage should bring a letter from their medical practitioner confirming the type of medication and what it is for.
“We will raise this issue with the airline, but in the meantime, we would remind practices that patients can print off their medical record from the NHS app, or alternatively, practices are able to charge for travel-related requests for information.”
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A doctor wrote on social media: “A GP letter isn’t needed for prescription medicines @easyJet.
“Download NHS app which will have your repeat scripts or ask for copy of your prescriptions.”
An easyJet spokesperson told Pulse that documents were only needed for prescribed medication.
The website currently states: “Please bring a letter from Your medical practitioner confirming the type of medication and what it is for.”
However, the government website states a prescription is enough: “You’ll need supporting documentation from a relevant medical professional (for example a letter from your doctor or a copy of your prescription).
Sun Online Travel has contacted easyJet for additional comment.
Brits may not realise they need a medical certificate or prescription until they get to the airport.
And anyone who doesn’t have one may be pulled aside at security and not only be unable to take medication onboard, but have to miss the flight.
You should never put any important medication in your checked luggage.
A woman was left without her vital medication for NINE days after Ryanair lost her suitcase.
She was forced to spend all five days of her holiday without most of her belongings – including vital medication for her blood pressure.
And you should always check the rules of the country you are travelling to as some have strict medication rules.
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Countries such as Japan, Greece and Indonesia have strict rules when it comes to what prescription and over-the-counter drugs are allowed in their borders.
Other countries such as China and Costa Rica require a doctor’s notes and only allow an exact amount of medication to be brought into the country.
Making sure you have the right documents can prevent you from being pulled aside at securityCredit: Alamy