Over the counter drugs are available in pharmacies or drug stores in the country.


If visitors need to bring their own prescription drugs, they may do so but only in quantities sufficient for the duration of their stay in the country.

Inbound travellers taking prescription drugs (tablets and ampoules) should bring a letter (in English) from their physician stating the condition for which they are receiving treatment and the dosage.

Travellers are advised that the drugs / medicines and/or other regulated items brought into the country should be:

  1. For personal use,
  2. In quantities not exceeding the limits set by the Philippine authorities, and
  3. Brought into the Philippines in any of the following ways:
    1. In passenger baggage, whether accompanied or unaccompanied,
    2. In balikbayan boxes, or
    3. In parcels sent through mail or delivery services

For more information, please view and/or download the Joint Circular No. 1 dated 22 June 2015 issued by the Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Bureau of Customs at:

For more information and/or clarifications, please contact their chosen airlines and the:

Bureau of Customs

Customer Assistance & Response Service (BOC-Cares)

Hotline: (02) 87056000

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




For those travelling onward to another country, they are advised that separate quantities of drugs should be sealed and declared again before exiting the country.