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 Airport/Airline Security


This is an example of a doctor's letter that you should carry for security staff at your port of exit or entry, explaining why you are carrying treatment products, prescribed drugs, needles, syringes etc., and the serious implications of not having them immediately at hand. If possible, you should carry two copies: one in the language of the country you are leaving, the other in the language of the country you are visiting.


Dear Sir or Madam,

Re: [Patient’s Name & Address]

The above named is a person with a bleeding disorder. The bleeding to which they are subject can only be treated with transfusion of plasma or recombinant concentrate. Since bleeding may occur at any time, [Patient’s Name] carries supplies with [him/her] together with syringes, needles etc., for infusion. It is therefore of vital importance that these essential medications are permitted to travel with the bearer as hand luggage.

In no circumstances should the concentrates be withheld or placed in the aircraft hold as to do so may cause unnecessary delay in treatment and, additionally, would increase the risk of loss or damage.

A security official who inadvertently withholds bottles of 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 Customs, Port of Entry and Sample Letter from Doctor.