Methadone Travel - All information


"The Coordinating and Information Resource Center for International Travel by Patients Receiving Methadone and other Substitution Treatments for Opiate Addiction"
  • is an international assistance point regarding international travels of methadone, buprenorphine, codeine/dihydrocodeine or morphine patients
  • can be contacted by letter, phone, fax or email (see contact details below)
  • supplies information on import regulations for methadone and other substitute substances (buprenorphine, codeine/dihydrocodeine, morphine) and on the possibilities of maintaining substitution treatment worldwide
  • provides contact details of GPs, clinics, ambulatory/outpatient services prescribing substitute substances
  • can be of assistance with making arrangements with foreign providers of drug substitution treatment to guarantee the continuation of treatment abroad/overseas
  • provides direct support to patients when GPs, clinics, ambulatory/outpatient services abroad/overseas do not keep to arrangements agreed upon in advance of their journey ("black sheep" will be listed on our travel guide pages)
  • is the national assistance point for foreign substitution patients seeking to travel to Germany
  • prepares standard forms in different languages to be used as medical certificates
  • provides a guide on "Travel Regulations for Patients Participating in Drug Substitution Treatment" on the internet in German and English
  • seeks to establish a worldwide network of cooperation regarding travels of patients participating in drug substitution treatment

General information:
Methadone is used in the treatment of opiate addiction in at least 65 countries, including pilot programs:
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom (plus overseas territories/dependencies), United States of America, Vietnam.

Please address all correspondence regarding the assistance service to
Ralf Gerlach
The Travel Resource Center
Bremer Platz 18-20
D-48155 Münster
Phone: +49 251-60123 or +49 2571 582 765
Fax: +49 251-666580 or +49 2571 584868
(This page last revised and updated February 5, 2012)

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