Can You Take CBD Oil on a Plane? Travel with CBD Oil

Travelling is quite an experience! But sometimes the preparations can give you a headache - especially if you want to bring along some essential items like CBD oil. Let's imagine you've been enjoying the benefits of Harmony CBD oil and now you want to continue using it on your journey. Can you take CBD oil on a plane while travelling within the UK or EU countries? And what about overseas journeys?

Flying usually comes with a lot of restrictions on what you can and cannot bring on board. However you'll be pleased to know that flight providers usually allow CBD oil on planes in the UK and EU - making your travel preparations a bit smoother. Nevertheless - and especially when flying overseas - it's important to adhere to specific rules and regulations set by airlines and local authorities to avoid any complications during or after your flight.

When carrying CBD oil with you you should pack it in a secure and leakproof container. Ensure that all necessary safety precautions are taken in case of a broken or leaking bottle. If you don't have a check-in bag, keep in mind that there are mandatory restrictions on liquid volumes in hand luggage. Always stay informed about the changing legal landscape of CBD usage in your destination country. Let's dive into some more detail below!


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Can You Take CBD Oil on a Plane? 

Is it Legal to Take CBD Oil Onto a Plane?

When planning to take CBD oil on a plane it's essential to be aware of the legal status of CBD products in both your departure and destination countries. In the UK and the EU CBD is legal as long as it contains less than 0.2 % THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis). At Harmony we ensure that our products comply with these regulations. The situation is different in non-EU and UK countries, making it advisable to verify the legality of CBD before you start travelling to your destination. You can do so online via a Google search or ask your travel agent for help.

What to Check Before you Fly with CBD

Airlines have their guidelines for carrying liquids on flights. Before you travel check your airline's policy. It's also crucial to pack your CBD oil properly - following the liquid limitations imposed by airport security. Generally you should store it in a small bottle within a clear, resealable plastic bag and take it out of your backpack or suitcase when going through security checkpoints.


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THC Content is Crucial for Travel with CBD Products

International laws on CBD oil may differ significantly - affecting your ability to carry CBD oil with you on a plane. Here are some regions' general regulations regarding CBD oil:

  • European Union (EU): CBD oil containing less than 0.2% THC is allowed [1]. However, individual countries within the EU may still have specific requirements - so research the particular regulations of the country you are travelling to.

  • United Kingdom (UK): CBD oil is legal in the UK, provided it contains less than 0.2% THC [2].

  • Canada: CBD oil is legal, but travellers still need to comply with the Canadian Border Services Agency customs and security guidelines. It might be less complicated to purchase a bottle after you arrive in the country [3].

  • United States (USA): Federal law allows CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC. But besides that, each state's laws vary! So it's better to double-check before you fly and consider purchasing some CBD oil at your destination [4].

  • China and Hong Kong: CBD is classified as a controlled substance; Travellers should strictly avoid bringing CBD oil into the country as they might risk high fines [5]!

Whenever you consider bringing CBD oil on a plane it's essential to familiarise yourself with the legality of the product and airlines' regulations. Doing your research on the guidelines of your destination countries will ensure a smooth journey and help avoid any legal complications.


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Practical Tips for CBD in Your Hand Luggage

We have gathered some practical tips on how to pack CBD oil for a flight.

How to Take your CBD Oil with You

When travelling with CBD oil make sure to follow the airport guidelines and regulations. Here are a few pointers for packing your CBD oil:

  1. Liquid container: Regarding liquid products like CBD oils and tinctures you need to ensure that they are stored in a container that holds no more than 100ml. Additionally they should be placed inside a resealable, transparent plastic bag (a kitchen ziplock will do) of no more than 1L volume.

  2. Carry-on or hand luggage: It's generally better to pack your CBD oil in your hand luggage to avoid it breaking because of rough handling and in case you need it during the flight. You'll be able to keep an eye on it and reduce the risk of damage or loss.

  3. Product documentation: Bring a prescription if your CBD oil was prescribed to you by a doctor. In this case you should also have your product properly labelled.

Knowledge is Power: Prepare For Your Flight

Navigating airport security and customs with your CBD oil might be intimidating. But with some preparation it should go smoothly. Here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Be prepared: Keep your prescription, the Certificate of Analysis (COA) and any other relevant documentation on hand to prove you have a legal, non-psychoactive CBD product.

  2. Know the regulations: Be aware of the CBD regulations at your destination airport and in the country you're travelling to. Don't try to bring CBD into countries where it's not allowed!

  3. Communicate with your airline: If you are travelling with a prescription CBD product but are unsure about the legality in your destination country, inform the airline about your situation beforehand. Make sure they're aware that you'll be carrying a CBD product and help you check if there are any specific guidelines to follow.

Remember: being well prepared and informed about the CBD regulations at your destination makes it easier to travel with CBD oil! By following these tips you should be able to avoid any unpleasant surprises during your journey. Happy travels!


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anna falk - head of product

As the Head of Product at Harmony, Dr Anna Falk leads the development of our products and provides expert tips for your wellness. With over 10 years of experience in the research and development of natural products, her work is based on rigorous scientific studies.

Anna is an award-winning, internationally published researcher with a PhD in Organic Chemistry. She applies her expertise to develop Harmony's certified products that support your overall well-being. From research to development, she ensures that our products are of the highest quality and meet the highest standards.

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  • [1] Court of Justice of the European Union (19 November 2020). Press Release No 141/ to source
  • [2] UK Home Office - Drug Licensing Factsheet- Cannabis, CBD and other to source
  • [3] Government of Canada - Cannabidiol (CBD).link to source
  • [4] CDC - CBD: What You Need to to source
  • [5] Hong Kong Narcotics Division - Cannabidiol (CBD).link to source