In light of the evolving coronavirus situation, CATSA’s priority remains the well-being of its screening officers and those working in and travelling through Canadian airports. In response, we have made some changes at the checkpoint.
Medication and Medical Items
Passengers with medical needs are allowed to bring prescription and essential non-prescription medications with them through the security checkpoint as well as any medically required items and mobility aids.
You may bring prescription and essential non-prescription liquid, gel and aerosol medication in quantities more than 100 ml in your carry-on bag. Medications do not have to be placed in your 1 L plastic bag. See How to Pack your Medications for more detail.
Solid tablet non-prescription medication (i.e. acetaminophen, ibuprophen, vitamins) is not subject to volume restrictions. Certain powders and granular materials (e.g. mineral-based supplements that are primarily calcium, magnesium or iron) in your carry-on are limited to a total quantity of 350 ml or less.
Examples of essential non-prescription liquid, aerosol or gel medications:
- Contact lens solution
- Cough syrup
- Eye drops
- Decongestant spray
Bringing a day-by-day pill separator is not an issue for security; however, there may be other considerations about travelling with medication, especially when travelling outside of Canada. We recommend finding out more at http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/medication.
Cannabis for medical purposes: If the amount of cannabis you are carrying appears to be more than the legal limit for recreational possession, be prepared to show medical documentation. Your documentation and the amount of cannabis you carry must be in accordance with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. For more information, see Health Canada’s Guide to Understanding the Regulations.
Recreational cannabis: A legal amount of recreational cannabis is permitted (30g or less). Cannabis oil is subject to the liquid restrictions – 100 ml (3.4 oz.) or smaller container permitted in carry-on.
If an amount greater than the legal limit is presented at a pre-board screening checkpoint or discovered during screening, protocol requires us to notify the police. This could lead to charges and prosecution.
- We recommend that you pack all medication in your carry-on baggage and place it in an easy-to-access area.
- We recommend that you carry liquid, gel or aerosol prescription medication in original containers with a pharmacy label identifying the medication.
- Prescription and essential non-prescription medications are exempt from liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions, but you should be ready to present them to the screening officer.
Some examples of medical items and mobility aids are listed in the table below. Note that certain medical devices and passengers with implanted medical devices must be swabbed for explosive trace detection (ETD) testing. See the Special Needs page for tips by health condition, disability or medical need.
*with airline’s approval
Documentation to support your medical needs or condition is not required; however, if you feel that it would help ease your screening, it should be presented to the screening officer along with your medically necessary items.