REVEALED: The everyday medicines that could get you LOCKED UP abroad



HOLIDAYMAKERS could wind up in prison if they bring common medications in their suitcase.

Many Brits are unaware that legal drugs easily available in the UK could get them arrested when they go abroad.

Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, now faces the death penalty in Egypt for bringing Tramadol, a painkiller available only on prescription in Britain, into the country.

Her sister Rachel has told Daily Star Online of the family's hell at not being able to contact Laura.

Tramadol was banned in 2015 in Egypt, after it became popular as a cheap heroin substitute.

Anyone bringing the drug into the country needs to tell the Egyptian Embassy in London, or get a note from their GP.

Here are some of the countries where you might need to be careful taking medicine.

United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a popular holiday destination for Brits.

But some prescribed and over the counter medicines from the UK such as diazepam, tramadol and codeine are considered controlled substances in the Emirates.

These are not allowed into the UAE without permission from the country's Ministry of Health and a doctor's prescription. Holidaymakers who don't get permission could be prosecuted.

China
Tourists should only take personal medicine with a doctor's note to prove why they need it.

Customs officials will verify if the amount of medicine is appropriate for the length of time you are in the country.

Qatar
The Gulf state could welcome thousands of Brits when it hosts the World Cup in 2022.

But many over the counter medicines such as cold and cough remedies are controlled substances and must be accompanied by a prescription.

Some sleeping pills, painkillers and anti-depressants are completely banned here.

Saudi Arabia
Around 25,000 British Muslims made the pilgrimage to the holy site of Mecca in 2015.

Any medication should be accompanied by either a recent medical report or a doctor's prescription.

Thailand
The South-East Asian country has become a popular party destination for young Brits.

Many common drugs including codeine, morphine and fentanyl require a permit in Thailand. Be careful, if you don't have one you could face prison.

Singapore
The Asian city-state is a centre of world finance.

Sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills and painkillers all require a licence.

Getting a licence requires a doctor's note, a copy of your flight details and a copy of your passport.

Indonesia
Many prescription medicine such as codeine, sleeping pills and treatments for ADHD are illegal.

Turkey
This country, which straddles Europe and Asia, is popular with Brits who go for the excellent weather and food.

If you have prescription medication you must have a doctor's note or prescription which can be sent to the Turkish tourism office for translation.

Costa Rico
Visitors to the popular Central American country must only take enough medication for the length of their stay, with a doctor's note to say that this is the right amount.