Methadone/Buprenorphine Treatment: available
and buprenorphine can be prescribed to foreign travellers by doctors and clinics
operated by the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
A list of SANCA clinics is accessible via the SANCA web site.
Continued dosing should be arranged by doctor-to-doctor contact well in advance of a patient's journey.
Importation of Methadone, Buprenorphine and Other Opioids: possible
Methadone is a Schedule 7 substance. In terms of Regulation 33 of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, Act 101 of 1965, any person entering or departing from South Africa may be in possession of a Schedule 7 substance, provided that:
- it is for personal medical use only;
- the quantity does not exceed a reasonable quantity for use for a period of not more than 30 days;
- the person is in possession of a prescription for the substance or a certificate by a pharmacist/doctor/clinic to the effect that the substance was prescribed by a medical practitioner.
Travellers travelling to South Africa will have no problems bringing in methadone under the above conditions, because if the treatment was initiated by a foreign doctor, the purpose for treatment will not be questioned.
Regarding other opioids the same regulations are effective.
The medication brought in and the certificate
should be presented to a customs officer when entering South Africa.
Any South African embassy or consulate or
Department of Health
Chief Medicines Control Officer
Private Bag X828
Republic of South Africa
Phone: +27 12 395 0000 (operator)
Any comments and additional
information greatly appreciated.
Please address all correspondence to:
Bremer Platz 18-20
Phone: +49 251-60123 or +49 2571-582765
Fax: +49 251-666580
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(This page last revised January 15, 2011)