The increasing number of Americans now using CBD oil has many asking the all-important question, it is actually safe and legal to travel with CBD oil?
Like most things, the answer is not exactly straightforward with many countries yet to fully embrace the CBD revolution that is currently engulfing much of the planet today.
While other liberal, forward-thinking countries like Canada and The Netherlands have legalized both medical and recreational cannabis, many countries still adhere to laws that could best be described as outdated.
So, if you have a trip planned in the coming weeks, here is a guide to the legality and safety of travelling with your CBD oil or CBD hemp oil to some of the major tourist destinations across the world.
Can you Travel to Australia with CBD?
While Australia legalized medical cannabis in 2016, travelling down under with CBD oil remains somewhat tricky with the government yet to form any real degree of clarity for tourists.
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection state that you do NOT need a permit to bring in most prescribed medicines, even if they contain a controlled substance but a valid prescription is absolutely mandatory.
The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has also stated that anyone travelling to Australia (including Australian residents) who hold a valid prescription for CBD may enter the country with a three-month supply of CBD hemp oil.
However, the TGA also emphasized that CBD oil that contains THC is not permitted “Cannabis plant material (e.g. flowers, leaves) or products containing THC are not permitted entry with travellers to Australia.”
The Office of Drug Control in Australia also states that “travellers with CBD oil should email DCS@health.gov.au to clarify whether they can travel with their medication,”
Despite medical cannabis being legal in Australia, If you do try to enter the country with a CBD product that contains THC, even if lawfully prescribed, you may find yourself in a sticky situation (and not just because your CBD leaked all over your suitcase!)
So, ultimately, it is possible to enter Australia with CBD oil, but only if you have first emailed the government, and it contains no THC (less than 0.2%) and has been prescribed by a Doctor.
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Can you Travel to Singapore with CBD?
Of course, if you are travelling to Australia, it is vital that you consider any possible layovers that are common when flying to the other side of the globe. One of the most common stop-offs is Singapore and their country carries some of the harshest drug penalties on the planet.
Unfortunately, CBD oil is treated in the same regard as cannabis and it remains illegal to enter the country with any CBD products whether they contain THC or not.
Despite Singapore’s recent analysis of whether it is possible to use the therapeutic compounds found in cannabinoids to create legitimate medicines, the country still continues to adopt a hardline approach to CBD usage, so if you are planning on either going to Singapore, or briefly stopping off on your way to Australia, you will have to leave the CBD at home.
Narcotics officers working at Changi Airport are specifically on the look-out for anyone they suspect of not only carrying drugs but even for people who have may have used drugs in the previous days.
If you are suspected of drug use, it is possible for narcotics officers to take you into custody, and demand a urine test (without your permission) and while CBD hemp oil is highly unlikely to ever cause a positive test for cannabis, CBD oil that contains THC could do just that.
Anyone testing positive for cannabis could then be prosecuted and first time offenders (someone who tests positive for cannabis usage) could expect at least 1 year in a Singaporean jail, even if they have consumed the drugs before entering the country.
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, the prescribed penalties for possession of even minuscule amounts range from fines of up to $20,000 to a maximum of ten years in prison while those convicted of trafficking offenses will be sentenced to death. Yes, really.
Can you Travel to U.A.E (Dubai) with CBD?
Over the past 20 years, Dubai has emerged as one of the world’s favorite tourist destinations, but much like Singapore, their drug laws remain some of the scariest on the planet and it may be tricky to enter U.A.E with CBD oil, even if prescribed and even if it contains no THC.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a very strict, zero-tolerance anti-drugs policy and conducts thorough searches at its airports, using highly advanced equipment.
Travellers to Dubai have found themselves spending years in jail for the possession of just 3 milligrams of cannabis. That equates to a pinhead-sized speck, detected by swabbing a person's shoes.
Possession of even tiny amounts of illegal drugs has resulted in severe punishments for travellers entering or transiting the UAE.
If you were to test positive for cannabis in the Emirates, you could be jailed for 4 years, even for mere trace amounts of cannabis metabolites consumed before you entered the country.
A British man was recently sentenced to two years in an Emirates jail having failed a drug test in the Emirates because of consuming cannabis in the UK before travelling.
As it stands cannabis is considered a narcotic and therefore illegal under all circumstances, However, the cannabinoid THC is considered a controlled medicine, in which you can apply for a permit to carry it if it's for medical use.
Contact the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention, if you are thinking of travelling with CBD, a prescription issued by an attending physician, a medical report approved by health entities and a copy of Emirates ID or passport will be needed.
The quantity you want to carry should not exceed your personal need for a 3 month period. The best advice would be to contact the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention and consult the Sharjah customs Department of Seaports and Customs. I wouldn’t even think about travelling with CBD without checking with the government first, this also goes for CBD hemp oil too, as the laws on the compound cannabidiol are not clear.
Can you Travel to Europe with CBD?
At present, Europe is certainly one of the safer places an American can travel with CBD, with many countries now legalizing medical cannabis as the CBD boom gathers pace across the Atlantic.
If you are travelling with a CBD hemp oil, you will be safe to travel to any of the following countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Denmark, Estonia
- Hong Kong
- Northern Ireland
- United Kingdom
Clearly, there are many dangers and hazards when travelling to different parts of our world and if you are someone who really needs to use CBD oil on a daily basis, you really need to research which countries will allow you to enter with your CBD before confirming any trips overseas.
Despite the incredible advancements in CBD usage and acceptance that we have witnessed in recent years, it is obvious that many countries have yet to adopt a similar mentality.
Ultimately, it really is important to be sensible, check with the embassy or consulate of the country in which you are visiting and always, I repeat, always make sure to do the appropriate research in advance of your trip overseas.
Sadly, there are a number of innocent CBD or medical cannabis users who, through little fault of their own, have been victim to the harsh and downright terrifying laws adopted in some of our favorite holiday destinations. Don’t let it happen to you.