Traveling to France with Cimzia injection

Hi everyone, 

I have recently started treatment with Cimzia injections every two weeks. I'm planning to fly to France ( budget airline) has anyone done this carrying injections with them ? I have a letter from the company that supplies the meds & would take them in a small cold bag with gel cold packs, so I think all the liquid elements would be under the 100ml specification. We only Carry hand luggage so they would be in that.  Has anyone had any problems with meds at airports ?

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  • Have only done it once but it was fine. No problems. Now adjust timing of injections to avoid having to take them whilst away. 

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  • As long as you have the letter and a cool bag you shouldn't have any problems. 

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  • I've travelled before with Enbrel and Mtx injections never had a problem, I've got two letters one from healthcare at home who deliver the drugs and one from my consultant.  I just show them the letters and what's what with everything.  

    If your only taking hand luggage I would email the airline and state that you've got temperature controlled drugs that can't go into the hold and request an additional bag to take on board extra to your normal carry on bag, I've done this several times with Monarch and they have let me do it.  I don't think that they can refuse (there was adverts on the TV a while back telling diabetics that they are allowed an extra bag for their injections).  Just print all correspondence off to show at checkin and boarding incase there is a problem.  We need these drugs and why should we have to use part of our luggage allowance to take them with us. xx

  • That is interesting, I will look into that, thank you

  • Hi- can I jump in on this thread please? 😊

    I'm travelling by plane to Rome then on a med cruise and flying back from Barcelona.  I'm only taking prednisolone-  giving mtx a miss for 2 wks- ok'd by consultant) and paracetamol,  naproxen only just incase. What do I need to do to travel with them? I asked the hospital pharmacist but she didn't know. 

    Also , I'll need to take cyanocobalamin(b12) and Fultium  (d3) along with primrose oil and glucosamine😊

  • Just a copy of your prescription

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  • Thanks ☺my prescription reads like a major novel!! 😆

  • I think I might have the sequel!! Xx

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  • Can I suggest you also look at the travel bags produced Medactiv. You will probably get more reliable temperature control during your journey. They have several products giving useful travel times up to 36 hours. Cimzia needs to be kept between 2C and 8C and Medactiv products allow this.

  • Over the past 6 years, I have traveled domestically and internationally  numerous times with various types of syringes.  I have always packed them in a carry on bag. There has never been any problem whatsoever, not even a question. 

  • Hello everyone,

    I will be traveling with Cimzia for the first time and it will be total 8hrs journey from door to door.My Rheumatologist has given me a travel bag to carry it but i am a bit confused about it

    I mean should i keep Cimzia in its original packing and keep it between two gel blocks, will it be able to keep it cool or should i remove it from its original packaging and keep it between gel blocks, but won't it freeze them.

    someone told me to keep in fridge in flight but i doubt as i am traveling with budgeted airline

    Please help me as i have to travel next week.


  • Hello, I would definitely keep it in the original packaging, maybe wrap a bit of bubble wrap around the box so that the cold blocks aren't touching it as I think that would make it too cold. I use a cold bag that is filled with a gel, the whole bag goes in the freezer then I place the Cimzia box inside when I travel. I think as long as it is cool, 8 hours is fine, also, I would keep it with you. I have traveled twice with Cimzia now without any problems.

    Good luck, have a nice holiday.

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  • I am sure you will be absolutely fine Pea3.

    I was diagnosed last October. Was in French Alps in March this year took injections no problem. Off again this coming week. Injection will be in a clear bag in hand luggage.

    Have a great time!! x

  • Hi - me again 😁

    I now have Cimzia injections and have been talking to a pharmacist at Healthcare at Home (the company who deliver my Cimzia) and he said that I can put it in my hand luggage, when going, in a medical cool bag. However, on the return journey, I have to put it in my suitcase as the injection will be spent. Some people might be able to dispose of it in a chemist or hospital while on holiday. This year though, I'm going on a cruise - sailing out from Southampton so won't have to fly; I simply need to ensure it stays cool. I have had to email ahead to the hotel we're staying at the night before we sail to ensure a fridge is in the room. If that doesn't happen, I'll have to ask them to put it in a fridge for me. I can't take the injection in the original box though as my medical cool bag isn't big enough.

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