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What You Need to Understand Before Importing Medicines to Indonesia

Sometimes, to treat a certain condition, we need a very specific type or brand of medicine. However, not all medicines are certainly available in Indonesia. And even if there are, sometimes the price of buying medicine from abroad is still much lower than at the nearest pharmacy.

Some medicines that require a doctor’s prescription in Indonesia are also sold freely in other countries, so you don’t have to bother going back and forth to the doctor to renew your prescription.

Not only online shopping sites but online pharmacies such as,,, or are favorite destinations for many people to get quick access to the medicines they need.

So, Is It Okay to Buy Medicines from Abroad?

mentioned that based on the Regulation of the Head of BPOM No. 27 Articles 2 and 3 of 2013 concerning Supervision of the Importation of Drugs and Food VISIT into the Territory of Indonesia, there are a number of conditions that must be met by imported medicinal and food products in order to qualify for entry into Indonesia, namely the product must have an official distribution permit from BPOM, complies with statutory provisions in the import sector, and obtains approval from the Head of BPOM in the form of an Import Certificate (SKI).

This regulation was introduced because most medicines from other countries that are available for purchase by individuals often do not meet the requirements or have not been approved by BPOM to be circulated and used widely in Indonesia. For example, many European Union, Asian, and Latin American countries allow the sale of cough medicine containing dextromethorphan, but dextromethorphan is a morphine class medicine that is categorized as a narcotic in Indonesia. So sending this medicine into the country is tantamount to smuggling drugs, even in small quantities, for personal use.

The Importance of Certificates or Permits

However, the Import Certificate (or Surat KeteranganImpor/SKI) from the Head of BPOM is limited only to state agencies and/or private companies that have a license to distribute imported products. Therefore, it is illegal for individuals to import drugs (medical drugs, strong drugs, herbal medicines, health supplements) into Indonesia through commercial shopping sites or online pharmacies for their own use if they do not have an EDAR LICENSE on behalf of the Consignee/Goods Recipient through Shipping Services.

All activities related to the control of the traffic of goods entering or leaving the territory of Indonesia are regulated by the Directorate General of Customs and Excise, including food and medicine. Thus, if you are unable to show any official certification from BPOM or related agencies, you may be subject to administrative sanctions in the form of a written warning, or your imported drugs will be detained and/or destroyed.

In addition to administrative sanctions VISIT, you can also be subject to criminal sanctions. Sanctions for medicine and food import violations it is regulated in Article 24 of the Regulation of the Head of the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency of the Republic of Indonesia Number 27 of 2013.

further mentioned that the provisions of these prohibitions and restrictions also cover the activities of importing drugs that are represented, for example, when the goods are shipped using Post (EMS/USPS) or other shipping services (DHL, TNT, FedEx, UPS, Aramex, etc.), or buying drugs abroad on behalf of relatives/friends who live in the country to be sent to your home in Indonesia.

To have these legal permits, the importing companies should prepare a lot of documents about their products, including lab tests. It’s a long process, for sure, but it’s highly rewarding.

So, if you want to have medicines from abroad, make sure that the importers are legal and equipped with the proper permits to do so.

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