Medicines cannot be purchased from Great Britain by mail starting from 1 January 2021
The restrictions concerning the personal import of medicines will change for Great Britain starting from 1 January 2021. Once the transition period for the UK's departure from the EU ends at the turn of the year, Great Britain is subject to the import restrictions applicable to countries outside the European Economic Area. However, the restrictions for the countries of the European Economic Area will still apply to Northern Ireland.
Starting from 1 January 2021, it will no longer be possible to receive medicines from Great Britain by mail. If the shipment of a consignment from Great Britain has been initiated on 31 December 2020 at the latest, receiving it in Finland in 2021 will still be permitted. If the shipment of a consignment ordered in 2020 is initiated in 2021, receiving it will no longer be permitted.
Medicines may be ordered and received from other parts of the European Economic Area for personal use under certain conditions. Be sure to check the restrictions before ordering medicines and make sure that you only deal with a legitimate online pharmacy.
The permitted amount for medicines that are personally carried from Great Britain will also be reduced. From the beginning of 2021, medicines may only be imported from Great Britain in a quantity equalling a three months’ dose. Medicines classified as narcotics are subject to separate restrictions.
- Sami Paaskoski, Senior Pharmaceutical Inspector, tel. + 358 29 522 3237
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