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Medicines, Cosmetics and Medical Devices

I. Medicines for personal use

    1. Allowed Quantities

 

Medicine for Personal Use and Food products in tablet or capsule form

Category

Regulations

Remarks

Western Medicine

 • A passengers may carry up to 12 bottles (boxes, cans, bars, sticks) of one kind of non- prescription medicine and a total amount of 36 bottles (boxes, cans, bars, sticks) is allowed for one passenger.

 • A passenger may carry prescription medicine with the amount of up to 2 months use if no prescription (or a supporting document) is presented. The amount of prescription medicine to be carried by a passenger with prescription (or a supporting document) shall not exceed the reasonable amount stated on the prescription (or supporting document) and shall not exceed the amount for 6 month use.

 • Where a passenger carries injections, a prescription (or a supporting document) shall be presented through Customs.

 

 • Medicine carried by passengers or crews is allowed for personal use only.

 • Passengers or crews carrying controlled medicine shall present prescriptions (or supporting documents) of their own and the amount carried shall not exceed the amount stated on the prescriptions (or the diagnosis papers) or that for over 6 months use.

 • Where endangered species are used for medicine ingredients, a certificate issued by the competent agency (Council of Agriculture) shall be presented for Customs clearance.

 • The amount of self-use medicine carried by a ship crew or aircraft crew on returning trip shall not exceed 1/2 of the limited amount if no prescription or supporting document is presented.

 • Where a prescription medicine in ROC is considered non-prescription medicine in the exporting country, the amount allowed for non- prescription medicine shall apply.

 • The measurement unit used in this table: bottles (boxes, cans, bars, sticks, packets, bags), etc. is limited to "original packaging".

Chinese medicine ingredients and Chinese medicine

 • A passenger may carry up to 1 kilogram of Chinese medicine ingredient of one kind, and a total of 12 different kinds is allowed for one passenger.

 • A passenger may carry up to 12 bottles (boxes) of Chinese medicine of one kind, and a total of 36 bottles (boxes) is allowed for one passenger.

 • A passenger who carries Chinese medicine or ingredient which is not stated in the preceding paragraphs shall present medical documents (such as diagnosis paper) and the amount allowed shall not exceed that for 3 month use.

Food products in tablet or capsule form

A passenger may carry up to 12 bottles (boxes, cans, bars, sticks) of each kind and a total of 36 bottles (boxes, cans, bars, sticks) is allowed for one passenger.
Contact lenses

A passenger may carry up to 60 pieces of contact lens with the same refractive power for each eye and a total of 120 pieces of the same brand is allowed.


    2. Regulation for exceeding allowed quantities

 

Medicine for Personal Use and Food products in tablet or capsule form

Category

In excess

non- prescription medicine/ prescription medicine

Permit issued by Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) is required for the customs clearance.

controlled medicine

A statement certified by TFDA is required for the customs clearance.

Chinese medicine ingredients and Chinese medicine

Permit issued by the Department of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy is required for customs clearance.

Food products in tablet or capsule form

Permit issued by the TFDA is required for the customs clearance.

Contact lenses

Permit issued by the TFDA is required for the customs clearance.

 

※ If passengers are traveling with prescription medicines of their own, please be advised to confirm the entry regulations of the destination first. It is suggested to carry prescription or a doctor's letter along for cross border inspection.

※ About categorization of medicines (including controlled drugs), please refer to the website of the TFDA.

 

II. Cosmetics

    1. Specific Purpose Cosmetics

        a. Each inward passenger, who carries specific purpose cosmetics for personal use (such as sunscreen, hair dye, perm agent, antiperspirant and deodorant, teeth whitening agent, etc., all of which originally referred to as medicated cosmetics) designated by the central regulating authority,  is allowed to carry 12 pieces per type of such cosmetics, and up to 36 pieces in aggregate. For more information, please refer to the website of TFDA.

        b. “Pieces” herein could be referred to bottles or boxes or jars or bags as well.

    2. Glass Ampoule Cosmetics

        a. Neither the use of glass ampoule as cosmetics packaging nor the import of glass ampoule cosmetics are allowed in Taiwan according to the announcement of the competent authority.

        b. Inward passengers are not allowed to carry such cosmetics without a prior approval from TFDA.

 

III. Medical Devices

    1. A permit shall be obtained from the competent authorities before importation of any medical devices or equipment. However, carrying self-use contact lenses within the prescribed limit is not subject to this regulation.

    2. If passengers carry medical devices or equipment without a permit, or carry contact lenses in excess of the prescribed limit, such cases shall be handled in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act and the Customs Anti-smuggling Act.

 

IV. Contact Information
Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare (TFDA): +886-2-27878000
Department of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Ministry of Health and Welfare: +886-2-85907261

 

 

In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version, the latter shall prevail.

Issued:Information Management Office Release date:2021-09-10 Click times:145