You may be put off of flying with CBD oil in case you break any laws – but there are easy ways to make sure you don’t. Read on for our handy tips for travelling with CBD.
CBD is found in numerous forms nowadays and used by many people around the world.
The popularity of CBD oil is exponentially increasing in today’s health and wellness industry from gummies and capsules to CBD-infused drinks and food.
CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants. Because of the link with the cannabis plant, many people wonder if it’s legal to use or travel with.
The issue with international travel is that you have to consider the laws of the places you are flying to and from.
Thus, it is safe to say that some countries have different laws.
In this guide, we are going to share:
- If CBD oil is legal to fly with (domestically and internationally)
- How much CBD oil you can fly with
- Can you carry CBD oil in hand luggage?
- Tips on flying with CBD oil
Due to many travellers being left confused about its legality, we are here to discuss whether it’s legal to fly with.
If so, in what quantity and which countries you can fly internationally with the products with.
Let’s get into it.
What's in this Guide?
Can You Take CBD Oil on a Plane?
Although CBD products are being legalised for recreational and medicinal use in many countries, flying with CBD oil may not be as straightforward as you think.
Currently, CBD oil’s legality and whether it is acceptable to the country you are flying to or from will vary. Some countries have not yet legalised the use of CBD.
Therefore, checking local laws is the first thing to consider.
As of January 2020, TSA guidelines changed making CBD oil legal to travel within a variety of countries.
Those guidelines stated that consumers could travel with CBD products as long as they contain no more than 0.3 per cent THC on a dry weight basis.
For those who consume a higher concentration for medical purposes, the product must be FDA approved for it to be safe and legal to fly with.
THC and CBD are not to be confused. CBD is the active ingredient from cannabis that offers health benefits as opposed to a ‘high’.
Although CBD products are not yet legal globally, the laws are changing as the active ingredients, and their properties for improving general wellbeing are researched further.
It is best to keep an eye on the laws of the places you are travelling to and from. You can seek advice from an embassy or airport officials if you are unsure.
First of all, if you’re not sure about CBD legality in the UK, we made this video to give you all the information you need to know:
How much CBD Can You Fly With?
If you have verified that the country you are flying out from and into will legally allow CBD products, you may be wondering how much CBD you can fly with.
The legal concentrated amount around the world is typically between 0.2 and 0.3 per cent.
In Europe, the concentration is slightly lower, at 0.2. Whereas in the US and Canada, the accepted concentration is 0.3.
Again, this is something to check before you fly, because every country varies.
In terms of quantity allowance, there is not sufficient verification due to laws only recently changing.
But, we suggest if the countries you are travelling between allow the use of CBD oil, you can travel with the amount you require if the concentration is within the legal percentage.
What we do know is each container must contain no more than 1mg of a controlled cannabinoid. For all locals or travellers, the CBD product must be clearly labelled as a food product if not a medical prescription.
For example, it is law in the UK to label CBD products when travelling through an airport.
If you are hoping to fly with a larger quantity due to medical reasons, you will need a certified letter from a doctor or other medical professional.
Can You Carry CBD Oil in Hand Luggage?
For most flights, any liquid product like CBD oil should be in a container holding less than 100ml.
It should then be presented to security in a transparent plastic bag measuring no more than 20cm x 20cm, as you would with any other liquids.
For CBD oil, it is acceptable to be carried in hand luggage so long as the countries you are travelling through accept the use and personal ownership of CBD.
Never try to hide or disguise your CBD products when travelling, especially customs.
You will not want to look suspicious.
A TSA officer’s job is required to report any suspected law violations to local, state or federal authorities.
Therefore, clearly label them in your hand luggage so airport staff can check them over if necessary to avoid any issues.
Can You Take CBD Oil on a Plane in the UK?
Yes, you can take CBD oil on a plane in the UK.
If you’re on a domestic flight, you have nothing to worry about as long as your product adheres to the UK regulations.
If you’re travelling internationally then you need to check the laws of the country you’re travelling to, and any you’re may stop in.
Can You Fly With CBD Oil Internationally?
If the country you are in advise that CBD use and ownership is legal, you will be confident and safe when flying with CBD oil domestically.
But, the same laws and personal safety is not guaranteed when flying internationally.
CBD laws differ from country to country. For example, you may fly from one country that accepts the use of CBD but into a country that does not.
So, you need to be very careful when flying with CBD oil internationally.
Completing research on local laws and legalities, in the country and on the flights, is crucial and will reduce the risk of violation and breaking the local rules.
More on local laws and legalities when it comes to flying with CBD oil to follow.
Currently, the UK and EU follow the same broad regulations relating to CBD.
Europe is a continent that accepts CBD. Many European countries have legalised CBD for it to be used recreationally and medicinally. As long as the oil contains no more than 0.2% THC, it is legal to fly throughout Europe.
If you are unsure what the percentage is, most CBD products display their cannabinoid concentration on the label.
They should also indicate whether the THC amount is legal at all.
It is essential to know that there are still some restrictions in certain countries. Countries you can travel in and out of with CBD oil include:
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
Countries you may have issues with when flying with CBD oil include: Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Finland, or Malta. You can only take CBD that a medical professional has prescribed to these countries, and if you can present the prescription.
Other countries that may produce problems include France, Slovakia, and Sweden. CBD is legal in France but is not always looked on favourably.
In Slovakia, CBD is illegal. If you are found with or using CBD products in Slovakia, you may be prosecuted.
In Sweden, CBD products are legal so long as they do not contain any THC.
If your product contains no THC, you will face very few issues when flying with CBD oil throughout Europe.
Similar flying restrictions exist in the USA. For most of the country, it is legal to fly in and out with CBD products. To note, the products must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered legal.
Throughout most of the USA, CBD is legal if derived from hemp, but each state has different rules.
It is advised to clearly label your CBD products when flying throughout, into, or out of the USA. The same goes for all other countries to reduce the risk of violation or delays.
While federal law may accept CBD oil, local decisions can still conflict with federal regulations. Thus, always do your research before heading to a different state with CBD products such as oil.
In Canada, CBD is completely legal for medicinal and recreational use. There is no THC limitation, either.
It is legal to fly with a 30-day supply of CBD too.
The only restriction is the hand luggage limitation, which is the same for all other countries. All liquid CBD products should be 100ml or less.
If you are an Australian resident, you are lucky to travel with the largest supply. Residents can fly with a three-month supply of CBD if prescribed.
CBD is now legal to purchase over the counter in Australia. So, patients will no longer require a referral, special approval or a prescription to acquire and use low-dose CBD in Australia legally.
Before flying out of Australia to another country, check the local laws of the country you are visiting as laws may differ from Australia’s.
If you are still unsure of the legalities of CBD and how to fly stress-free and safely with CBD oil, here are some top tips.
Tips for Flying with CBD Oil
Carry it in your hand luggage
If you consume CBD oil via a vape or another smoking device, you need to be careful.
They are often only accepted in hand luggage due to the e-cigarette battery.
To avoid any issues at check-in, remember to pack it in your hand luggage instead of a hold case.
Check the local laws
Before flying, you should always check the local laws of the places you are going to. No matter how relaxed your country is, the country you are travelling to might not be.
Some countries are still against the use of CBD oil, even for medicinal use.
Bring lab test results
For extra precaution, we recommend you to bring proof of your CBD ingredients and use – if you’re buying from a high-quality, transparent company it should be easy to access the lab test results of your particular product.
Label & declare if necessary
When flying with CBD oil, always ensure to label them and declare the products at customs if necessary.
You will not want to be pulled to the side and investigated.
Even with updated laws across the world, TSA agents at the security checkpoint always have the final say whether a CBD item can be taken through.
So, do not get your hopes up that flying with CBD oil is always a smooth process.
However, if you have done your research and made sure the country you are travelling to allows CBD oil, your issues will be reduced.
Always ensure to stick with the concentration allowances, clearly label the product, and have an exact list of ingredients in case you are queried at the airport.
Seeing as CBD oil flying laws differ from country to country, and even state to state, be cautious when flying with CBD and thoroughly research any applicable regulations.