Requirements for Bringing Medical Supplies, Drugs or Medical Equipment into Mexico

July 27, 2017 
Shipping Medical Items into Mexico:
Shipping drugs, medications, medical equipment etc require an import permit from COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks). A copy of the COFEPRIS approved permit must be in the package with the device when it arrives at Aduana. This is true for any device that arrives by itself, not in the company of its owner or someone else when entering Mexico. In the past COFEPRIS has taken 6-8 weeks to process import permit applications .

Start at the COFEPRIS link  “Permiso sanitario de importación de dispositivos médicos para uso personal ”  (“Medical Import Permit for Medical Devices for Personal Use”)


Bringing Medicines, Medical Supplies & Medical Equipment into Mexico:
When flying or driving into Mexico, only some medicines are allowed, while others are prohibited.**  Consult the following websites for lists of controlled substances in Mexico: … Specifically, check the “Lista Amarilla,” “Lista Verde,” and “Lista Roja”.

Lista Amarilla:

Click to access Lista_Amarilla.pdf

Lista Verde:


Lista Roja:

Click to access Lista_roja.pdf

and .

For COFEPRIS allowed medications, we must have a current written prescription from a Doctor when entering Mexico with prescription medicines.

**It is illegal to bring even some common over-the-counter medicines into Mexico. The prohibited medications include inhalers, some allergy and sinus medications. Products that contain stimulants are prohibited. specifically medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, (such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers), or codeine are prohibited.

Happy Travel,

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For more details, see our main article on Importing things into Mexico at:

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8 Responses to Requirements for Bringing Medical Supplies, Drugs or Medical Equipment into Mexico

  1. Thomas Schnorr says:

    i own a pharmacy in texas and want to send hormone prescriptions to clients in mexico city… I get such mixed you have anyone i may chat with?
    tom schnorr

  2. Karen Healy says:

    My father-in-law is in Acapulco for the winter. Before leaving for Acapulco (Nov. 26), he was assured by his contacts there that he could easily find and purchase single-use medical catheters in Mexico. Not so… He’s asked us to get some here in Canada and have them shipped to him directly. I would like to know if this particular personal use medical device (Med-rx 60-5012 catheters), is subject to COFEPRIS laws or regulations seeing as it’s being shipped?

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