Drug Substitution Treatment:
not available

Importation of substitute substances: prohibited

Methadone or buprenorphine must not be brought into Russia. Though we have not heard of any case of arrest or confiscation of methadone or buprenorphine we point out that patients take a high risk when bringing methadone or buprenorphine into the country. Patients having to travel to Russia for job-related or family reasons should carry with them a letter from their doctor or clinic in charge of treatment verifying the patient's name and address, detailing the total quantity of methadone/buprenorphine/(dihydro)codeine to be imported, and clearly stating that the medication has been prescribed for personal use. Also, the dates of travel (arrival in and departure from Russia) should be given. Patients are strongly advised to have the letter translated into Russian. Thus patients can at least prove that smuggling of narcotics is not intended.

We have developed an English/Russian form to use as a medical certificate: Download word.doc

Contact Address: any Russian embassy or consulate

Any comments and additional information greatly appreciated.
Please address all correspondence to:

Ralf Gerlach
Bremer Platz 18-20
D-48155 Münster
Phone: +49 251-60123 or +49 2571-582765
Fax: +49 251-666580 or +49 2571 584868

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(This page last updated and revised June 22, 2009)