If you’re planning to go overseas, make sure you’ve got enough PrEP for the duration of your trip. If you’re importing PrEP, allow enough time for it to be delivered before you leave. PrEP is only available with a prescription, so even if it is available in a country you’re visiting, it may be difficult to get more while you’re away.
It can be a good idea to keep your PrEP in your hand luggage in case your checked luggage doesn’t arrive with you. You could also keep some extra in your checked luggage, but make sure you’re not over the limit for medications allowed by the countries you’re going to (check out the Smartraveller website before you go).
If you’re changing time zones, you can take your PrEP a little earlier than usual until you get settled into the time zone of where you’re going. If you miss a dose, just make sure you take your next dose as soon as you can.
It’s not required for many countries, but it can be a good idea to get your GP to write you a letter explaining that the medications you have with you are prescribed for personal use. Try to keep your pills in their original packaging too, so they can be identified if required.
Some countries have travel restrictions for people with HIV. The drugs used in PrEP are also some of the drugs that can be used to treat a person with HIV, so be aware of the laws of the countries you are planning to visit. You can check information for different countries here. However, it’s a good idea to check with the embassies of each country you’re planning to travel to, as laws can change.