Updated: May 13, 2022, 11:31 IST
Indians travelling overseas, especially to the US, are known to carry a mini dispensary with them – not just for their regular medicines but also for medical contingencies ranging from fever and stomach problems to more serious ailments. They do it mainly for two reasons: (a) medicines in the US are way more expensive than in India (they are covered by insurance for Americans), and (b) they are difficult to access – not only do a wider range of medicines need a doctor’s prescription in the US, drugstores are stricter in enforcing this requirement (whereas in India, the friendly neighbourhood pharmacy tends to be relatively ‘relaxed’).

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US customs may or may not be very strict about the masalas or pickles that you carry, but your visa can be revoked for carrying medicines without a proper prescription

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