Bringing medicines to Finland

You can bring prescription and self-administered medicines for personal use to Finland from abroad with certain restrictions.


You can bring medication from abroad for your own personal use as follows:

  • a quantity equivalent to a year’s supply from an EEC country
  • a quantity equivalent to three months’ supply from a non-EEC country

The EEC countries include Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland, Iceland, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Poland, France, Romania, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary and Estonia.

You can bring medication to Finland if

  • the product is licensed for sale in the country where you purchased it
  • you have purchased the product from a provider that is licensed to sell medicines
  • you can, when necessary, present a prescription or doctor’s certificate to demonstrate that the medication is intended for your personal use.

Bringing medicines that are classified as narcotics and that affect the central nervous system to Finland

You can bring pharmaceutical products classified as narcotics to Finland for personal use as follows:

  • a quantity equivalent to 30 days’ supply from a Schengen country
  • a quantity equivalent to no more than 14 days’ supply from a non-Schengen country

Countries included in the Schengen Area: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Austria, Luxemburg, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta and Switzerland.

A Schengen certificate is required if you travel in the Schengen area and are carrying medicines that are classified as narcotics – primarily drugs that affect the central nervous system or psychotropic medicines. The certificate is to demonstrate the necessity of the medication. In Finland, a Schengen certificate can be obtained at a pharmacy.

When bringing the same medicinal product, or a corresponding product, classified as a narcotic to Finland for the second time, a period at least equivalent to the appropriate administration period for the previously-imported quantity of medication must have elapsed. You may not simultaneously import medicinal products containing narcotic substances that, according to the product specification, cause a significant and hazardous combined effect when used together.

Legal and illegal medicines

Legal medicines are medicinal products that are licensed for sale in the country where they are purchased and that are acquired from a supplier entitled to cell pharmaceuticals. In addition to this, you must, if required, demonstrate that the product is intended for your own personal use. This can be done by presenting a prescription or doctor’s certificate in the case of prescription medication.

Ordering or importing illegal medicines is considered a pharmaceutical offence. In the case of medicines that are classified as narcotics, the crime is regarded as a drug offence.

If you are unsure as to whether or not a product is classified as a medicine, you can check the matter from Fimea.