No Prescriptions Needed at This Airport Pharmacy
January 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Coming back from a weekend of adventures in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and feeling a little, well, under the weather? Just pop into the new terminal at the Cabo San Lucas International Airport (SJD) and pick up whatever you need from Zithromax to Ibuprofen and even Cialis and Valtrex.
And no, you do not need to show a prescription for most of the products.
While we scanned the shelves for some Xanax or Valium (see below, we were hesitant to pick up the 800mg Ibuprofen. It just didn't seem right.
Yet while many prescription drugs in the U.S. are sold over the counter in Mexico, you still may need to show a prescription for them at U.S. customs (like Valium and Xanax.) Here is the U.S. Consulate's official position on buying prescriptions in Mexico. This line really stood out for us:
The sentence for possession of a controlled substance runs from ten months to fifteen years in a Mexican prison.
That said, people are buying prescriptions meds in Mexico all the time. We're not sure all the tequila in Jalisco would convince us to do it.