A Guide to Flying with CBD Oil in Europe

When it comes to travelling with CBD, there are some things you should know to avoid getting into trouble when you reach your intended destination. It’s important to remember that not every country has the same views on CBD oil usage as us, therefore you should take extra care when flying with CBD oil in the UK.

Can you take CBD oil in your hand luggage?

Flying with CBD oil in the UK is perfectly acceptable and can be carried in both your hand luggage and hold luggage. However, bear in mind that if you are taking CBD into your hand luggage you must ensure your CBD oil doesn’t exceed 100ml, just like any other liquid product. If your product is larger than this, you must place it inside your hold luggage instead, otherwise you may face your CBD being confiscated.

However, it is getting off the plane at your destination where complications may arise. In some countries around the world, the use of cannabis products (including CBD oil) is illegal or severely frowned upon.

Some police forces are much stricter than our own and may not be forgiving if you have made an honest mistake. Therefore, before travelling anywhere, you should check the law in that country for travelling with a CBD product. If you are unsure, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Which countries in Europe can you bring CBD to?

Do not assume that just because CBD is readily available in your local CBD store, it is also legal in all the other countries. There are still some countries with a very strong stance against the possession or use of CBD or cannabis products, and if caught you may face serious punishment.

Despite the fact that all EU countries have the same regulations regarding CBD products, the law and how it is policed differs from nation to nation. As a result, it is advisable to read the law surrounding CBD in your destination to find out whether it is legal, or not.

A breakdown of the law in European countries:

France

The legislation regarding CBD oil is the same as the UK, whereby CBD oil from hemp is legal and 0.2% THC.

Spain

By law, any cannabis product cannot be bought or sold in Spain as a consumable product, which includes CBD. However, CBD oil taken into Spain from another country is legal for personal use as long as long as it adheres to EU regulations.

Belgium and the Netherlands

In both countries, possession of cannabis containing THC is legal. The highest amount of THC allowed is 3g in Belgium and 5g in the Netherlands. Therefore, there will be no issue taking CBD to either country from the UK.

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Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Malta and Portugal

In these EU countries, CBD products must be prescribed by a medical professional. As a result, any product taken from the UK is not allowed through customs without a valid prescription from your doctor.

Slovakia

In Slovakia, CBD is illegal and actually listed as a group 2 psychoactive narcotic. Under all circumstances you should avoid taking CBD into the country when flying here.

Italy

In Italy, CBD is legal and THC is allowed up to 0.6%, which means it is safe to fly with CBD oil from the UK. Although, due to the higher THC content, it is not advisable to bring CBD back from Italy to the UK, otherwise it may be confiscated upon arrival.

Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Sweden, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Switzerland and Poland

If you wish to fly with CBD oil from the UK to any of these European countries, you’ll be pleased to know that is perfectly legal.

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Can you travel to the UK with CBD?

Flying with CBD oil to the UK is perfectly legal, as long as the product adheres to the UK law. The product must contain no THC, as this is illegal – there is a common misconception that THC up to 0.2% is allowed. In addition, all products must be designed and processed for human consumption. For example, CBD oil is allowed, but not CBD buds or flowers.

Despite this, your flight provider may have their own specific rules and regulations about whether flying with CBD is allowed on-board their plane, so it is recommended that you speak to the airline you are flying with, as well as customs, before flying to double check.

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