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Information supplied by:

Ufficio Centrale Stupefacenti (U.C.S.)
Ministero della Salute (Italian Ministry of Health)
Tel. 06 59941 - fax 06 59943226

Here is a general guide to the different categories of medicines to be used by travellers in Italy:

1) for all categories of medicines which are carried by travellers when entering Italy, except for narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and doping substances, there are no specific regulations to abide by (art. 25 of Legislative Decree no. 178/1991). Customary practice, however, dictates that for amounts which far exceed those sufficient for 30 days of treatment, Italian health and customs authorities request travellers to show a doctor’s prescription.
2) For travellers who need to extend their stay or live in Italy for longer periods, it is possible to import medicines which are not registered in Italy (or have them shipped by post or by courier) as requested by a medical doctor residing in Italy (as per Decree of the Ministry of Health 11/02/1997)
3) For narcotic drugs, and applicable only to all citizens of countries signatory to the Schengen agreement (the UK and Ireland are not members of the Schengen agreement), pursuant to art. 75 of the Convention (decision of the Executive Committee of 22/12/1994, published in the Italian Official Gazette no. L. 239 of 22/09/2000, pages 0463 to 0468), prior to departure travellers must have a certificate (annexe 2 of the above decision) drawn up by the National Health Authority as per the above agreement. This certificate is issued upon presentation of a doctor’s prescription and is valid for 30 days only.
As for non-Schengen countries, the “Ufficio Centrale Stupefacenti” of the Italian Ministry of Health issues permits to individual passengers upon presentation of a certificate similar to the one mentioned above, issued by the Health Authority equivalent to the ones mentioned in annexe 2 of the above decision. Failing this, the narcotic drugs will be confiscated by the customs authorities.
4) For doping substances, as per the list attached to the Decree of the Ministry of Health in agreement with the Italian Ministry for Cultural Property and Activities of 3rd February 2006, it is compulsory to show a doctor’s prescription for any amount. Pursuant to Law no. 376/2000, those who obtain, administer or take doping substances without the relevant doctor’s prescription are liable to criminal penalties (i.e. a prison sentence, the duration of which is a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 3 years)