Community Forum

Have a question, or want to share your own tips and experiences? Join the discussion in the community forum. You must be registered to participate. Our forums are moderated by Crohn's & Colitis Foundation staff to facilitate a safe environment.

Traveling to Europe while taking Humira

Wed, October 01, 2014 1:41 PM

My husband and I are planning our first trip to Europe next spring.  I give myself Humira shots every two weeks for my moderate IBD and they work very well for me.  We plan to be gone about 2-1/2 weeks.  My question is, is there any way of picking up my prescription Humira WHILE I am in Europe (England, France or Germany) or do I need to take it with me (kind of a pain since it needs to be refrigerated all the time and I don't know if our hotels will have a refrigerator in our room)?

FPO ellenb
Joined Mar 7, 2008

Fri, March 24, 2023 7:57 AM

Reply posted for ellenb.

Shanghai is a large and diverse city, with many different neighborhoods and accommodation options to choose from. Here are a few suggestions for where to stay in Shanghai, depending on your preferences:

The Bund: The Bund is a popular tourist area with stunning views of the city skyline and the Huangpu River. There are many luxury hotels and upscale apartments in this area, as well as restaurants and shops.

French Concession: The French Concession is a charming neighborhood with tree-lined streets, art deco architecture, and plenty of cafes and boutiques. It’s a great area to stay if you want to experience a more relaxed and bohemian side of Shanghai.

Jing’an: Jing’an is a bustling commercial district with many high-end hotels, shopping malls, and office buildings. It’s a convenient area to stay if you’re looking for easy access to transportation and amenities.

Xintiandi: Xintiandi is a trendy neighborhood with a mix of traditional Shanghainese architecture and modern development. It’s known for its nightlife, restaurants, and shopping, and there are many boutique hotels and serviced apartments in the area.

Pudong: Pudong is the newer part of Shanghai, with skyscrapers and modern architecture. It’s a good area to stay if you’re interested in exploring the financial district or visiting popular attractions like the Oriental Pearl Tower or the Shanghai Tower.

Overall, there are many great areas to stay in Shanghai depending on your interests and budget. Just be sure to do your research and book accommodations in advance, as Shanghai can be a busy and competitive market for hotels and rentals.Where to stay in Shanghai

FPO ligisev540
Joined Dec 29, 2022

Wed, March 08, 2023 3:31 AM

Reply posted for ellenb.

If you are someone who takes Humira and loves to travel, you may have questions about what to expect when traveling to Europe. It is important to consult with your doctor and plan ahead before embarking on any trip. However, with proper preparation and precautions, it is possible to have an enjoyable and safe trip. Along with practical considerations, such as medication storage and access to medical care, it is also important to consider the tourist attractions that you want to visit. For those seeking inspiration, the website offers a comprehensive travel directory that comprises unique and popular tourist attractions from around the world.

FPO AidenMcCrae
Joined Jan 24, 2022

Tue, January 24, 2023 7:21 AM

Reply posted for ellenb.

To journey from one area to another for one-of-a-kind purposes is commonly called touring. People do not travel usually for the equal purposes.morocco tours agency

FPO ligisev540
Joined Dec 29, 2022

Mon, February 27, 2017 11:01 AM

 Reply posted for ellenb.

I joined this site to just answer your question. I travel a lot with my Humira pen style injector. here are some pointers from my experience: 1. Carry a doctors note describing the meds and why you are traveling with them. Also, contact the Humira's free help line to get their input and travel information. You can also request they send you a travel pack. 2. I don't put my drugs through the scanner. Not sure if it's an issue, but I like to be safe. 3. They will inspect the drugs etc and will swab everything. 4. As you can tell I do not check my drugs in with my luggage in case it gets lost. Also not sure if your pharmacy can deliver or will be willing to have your dose delivered. Check with them in advance as depending on your arrangement, you may need to special order a dose in advance to ensure you have enough doses for your trip. 5. If travelling with the cooler pack that you get from The free online service, ensure the airline puts it on ice for you as that cooler pack lasts only a few hours at most. I travel with a small styrofoam cooler that my drugs get delivered in. This type of solution lasts for up to two days 6. I put my dose in a freezer bag and then wrap that in bubble wrap, I then surround this with a freezer pack that freezes at refrigerator temps and then surround this with another cooler style pack that insulates everything inside from the freezer packs that I put in to keep everything cool. Finally I top my cooler with crumbled paper to fill any gaps and close the lid. Hope this helps!

FPO dax279
Joined Feb 27, 2017

Sun, November 13, 2016 5:16 PM

 Reply posted for wartherk.

For wartherk:  I'm an American living in Portugal and I travel back and forth to the USA to visit family. Take your injectable meds with you, stored properly. I know that pharmacies here are very helpful but there are some restrictions on what you can buy without a prescription. Remember that your insurance plan will not cover medications over here.

Regarding airlines: most will store your meds in a chilled area and I have never had a problem with any airline. Bring your prescriptions for your injectable meds and any others you're bringing so you can clear customs. The injectables will be looked at, but you should have no problem entering or exiting countries in the EU.

FPO harrysgirl
Joined Oct 14, 2016

Tue, November 10, 2015 2:52 PM

 Reply posted for ellenb.

Many hotels will have a fridge behind the front desk if not in the room.  You might contact the places you are staying and ask if they have one where they can store your meds.  OR - if you are a bad patient like me, you can tweak your Humira schedule a bit so you take a dose the day you leave and then the next the day you return so you don't have to travel with it.  :)

FPO araabe
Joined Apr 14, 2008

Tue, February 24, 2015 2:51 PM

 Reply posted for wartherk.

I recommend you contact the US Embassy in one of the countries you mentioned. They will be able to provide you with a list of hospitals US citizens use while visiting. From there you'll have to place the calls and see if you can schedule your infusion and then plan for your dr. to follow-up w/script/dosing information, etc.

Enjoy your trip, don't let IBD stand in your way!!!!

Lizzies Mom

FPO lizzies mom
Joined Sep 9, 2009

Tue, February 24, 2015 11:36 AM

 Reply posted for lizzies mom.

I have a similar but slightly different question:

I'm planning a trip to Europe this summer and I'm trying to figure out how to get my IBD medication there.

I get Entyvio every 7 weeks and I'm scheduled to get in right in the middle of my vacation. 

Does anyone know if it's possible/easy to get intravenous IBD drugs in europe? I know that they're available to EU citizens but can I get them as a traveling american? I could plan to be in Berlin, Zurich, Prague, Vienna or Budapest at the time that I need the drug. 

Any info on this would be so great--can't find anything via google!!!

FPO wartherk
Joined Feb 24, 2015

Sat, October 04, 2014 12:31 PM

 Reply posted for ellenb.

Call the pharmacy that regularly schedules your delivery, they should be able to ship the dose to one of your destinations.  I would also confirm there will be a refrigerator in the room so you can keep cold 'til dosing day.  Good luck and have a great trip!

FPO lizzies mom
Joined Sep 9, 2009

Related Topics

Camping with a flare up?
Author Image DPE
Joined Jul 31, 2021

Hey, I am off on an amazing trip across Scotland w....

read more

Filling prescriptions wit...
Author Image peter181
Joined Oct 29, 2021

Hi everybody, I take mesalazine for ulcerative col....

read more

Stelara in Costa Rica
Author Image thomas2000
Joined Jan 24, 2022

I will be travelling to CR in the near future and ....

read more