Travelling? What to do if you need more than a month's worth of medicine

It's possible to travel again; it just takes some planning. If you have a chronic condition or have a repeat prescription, making sure you have enough of your medicine is an important part of the process. Depending on where you're going and how much medicine you need, you can use your scheme benefits for the benefits as long as you let us know ahead of time.

Your cover for an extended supply of medicine

You've always been able to apply for cover for an extended supply of medicine if you're planning to visit other countries. Now, you can apply even if you're staying inside South Africa's borders, and it's now easier to apply.

What's changed about getting more than one month's prescription

    Before Now
How to let us know Complete a Request for extended supply of medicine form Email
How much medicine you can get ahead of time depends on where you're going One extra month
  • Going overseas
  • Have proof that you're going

Going far from your usual pharmacy:

  • Overseas
  • South Africa
Up to four extra months
  • Going overseas
  • Have proof that you're going
  • Going overseas
  • Travelling in South Africa far from a network pharmacy
Five or six extra months
  • Going overseas
  • Have proof that you're going
  • Going overseas
  • Travelling in South Africa far from a network pharmacy
  • Have proof where you're going

If you need to get a supply for a longer time, contact us and let us know. The Scheme will decide whether or not to cover a supply of more than six months' medicine case by case.

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