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19th November 2019

Can You Fly With CBD Oil?

One of the increasingly common questions we are asked is: can you fly with CBD oil? As with most things regarding the law around CBD, it is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no answer.

As CBD has only become a mainstream health supplement in recent years, there is still a lot of confusion around its legality, and this extends to international travel. If CBD supplements have become an important part of your daily routine, it makes sense that you’d want to take them abroad with you!

In this blog, we walk you through what you need to consider if you’re hoping to fly with CBD oil.

Domestic flights in the UK

CBD is legal in the UK, providing it has a THC content of less than 0.2%. Therefore, you should be able to take it on domestic flights within the UK and it will be treated like any other nutritional supplement. However, it might be worth contacting your airline ahead of time to double-check that they are aware of CBD’s legal status as some people are still unsure.

One important thing to remember, however, is your liquid limit. Many people prefer to travel on hand luggage for shorter trips in order to save money, but this does limit the number and size of liquids you can take with you. Individual CBD oils or tinctures cannot be more than 100ml and your total liquid limit is whatever you can fit into a 20cm x 20cm clear plastic bag.

International flights from the UK

When it comes to flying internationally with CBD, it’s essential that you do your research on the destination you are travelling to. CBD is legal in almost all European countries but the specific rules for each nation will differ slightly.

In terms of flying outside of Europe, it’s even more important to do your research about the specific laws in the country you are travelling to. For more information about the current legality of CBD around the world, you can check out our brief guide here.

UK travellers were recently warned about bringing CBD products to the United Arab Emirates, for example, as it is illegal there. That includes skincare products and E-cigarette refills containing CBD.

Just as with flying internally in the UK, we would recommend contacting your airline ahead of time to let them know what you will be travelling with CBD.

Flight changeovers

An important thing to remember if you’re going on a long-haul flight, such as to Australia or New Zealand from the UK, is that you will need to change over at some point. Although the changeover point is not your final destination, you will still need to abide by their laws while you are in the country.

Our takeaway advice for flying with CBD products

  • Research the specific laws of all countries you will be flying to, particularly the THC limit if CBD is legal. For example, in the US the THC limit is 0.3% whereas, in the UK, the limit is 0.2%.
  • Give your airline advance notice that you will be carrying CBD with you.
  • Keep liquid CBD to a minimum if you want to bring it in hand luggage (and check with the airline that it is actually permitted in hand luggage).
  • Opt for CBD products with extremely low or no THC levels.
  • Have access to information to show any important information about your CBD products, such as THC levels.
  • If you’ve been prescribed medicinal CBD, make sure to check with your doctor about rules for flying with it and definitely speak to your airline in advance of the flight.

We hope this solves some of the confusion around whether you can fly with CBD oil! For more information about the legalities surrounding CBD products, you can check out the CBD Law section of the blog.