Hemophilia of North Carolina

Since 1977, serving the people of North Carolina
affected by bleeding disorders.

260 Town Hall Dr., Suite A, Morrisville, NC 27560
1-800-990-5557 (toll free)

Sample Travel Letter for Customs, Port of Entry


This is an example of a doctor's letter that you should carry to present to customs, if requested, to explain why you are carrying treatment products, prescribed drugs, needles, and syringes. This letter should be in the language of the country being visited.


Dear Sir or Madam:

Re: [Patient’s Name & Address]

The above named is a person with a bleeding disorder called [Name of Bleeding Disorder], and is travelling to [Location, Country]. The bleeding to which [he/she] is subject can only be controlled with a transfusion of plasma or recombinant concentrate. It would not be possible for [him/her] to travel without a supply of concentrates. [He/She] carries with [him/her] sufficient units for self-infusion as maintenance therapy and additional amounts in the event of an emergency. [He/She] also carries the syringes, needles etc., necessary for infusion. The prescribed drugs [Drug1, Drug2, ...] are also being carried for management of [medical condition(s)].

A customs official who inadvertently withholds bottles of human plasma or recombinant concentrate may place [Patient’s Name]’s life in jeopardy. For purposes of comparison, it is as if insulin vials were withheld from a person with diabetes.

In anticipation of your cooperation, I am,

Yours very truly,

[Doctor’s Signature]
[Doctor’s Name & Position]

[Date]

This sample letter was developed by the World Federation of Hemophilia, and have been reproduced here for your convenience. Be sure to check the WFH web site for additional information.

See also: Sample Letter for Airport/Airline Security and Sample Letter from Doctor.