Drugs and Travel

Penalties for buying, using, possessing or trafficking drugs can be severe.  If you get caught buying, using, possessing or trafficking drugs you will be dealt with under the legal system of the country you are visiting, where penalties may range from hefty fines or time in prison through to life imprisonment or the death sentence.

Don’t muck around with drugs – even possessing a tiny amount could land you in a foreign jail for a long prison sentence.

The detection of illegal substances in your blood or urine can constitute possession in some countries, no matter how long ago the drugs were consumed. You could also be charged if trace amounts of illegal drugs are found on your body, clothing or luggage.

Pack your own luggage, don’t leave your bags unattended, and never carry a suitcase, bag or parcel into or out of a country for someone else.  Think about locking your luggage, and check for signs of tampering when getting your bags off the baggage carousel.

If you do get caught buying, using, possessing or trafficking drugs overseas, Australian Consulates may be able to help you by keeping in contact with your family back home, provide general information for you, or give you a list of English-speaking local lawyers, but are unable to provide legal advice or any special treatment for you.

For more information, check out the Smart Traveller website.