UW Rome Center

Medications, Vitamins & Corrective Lenses

Certain prescription and/or non-prescription medications might not be available, or may be very costly, in Italy. In addition, some prescription medications contain components that are illegal in Italy and cannot be prescribed, or can be prescribed only by certain doctors. If you currently take prescription medications, bring a sufficient supply of medications to cover the entire duration of your stay abroad, and keep all medications in their original labeled container. Please also note:

  • If you experience asthma or allergy-related conditions, bring extra allergy or asthma medicine.
  • Vitamins are expensive and often only available in small quantities in Italy.
  • Medications and vitamins shipped by mail to Italy without an Italian prescription may be confiscated at Customs.
  • The UW Student Abroad Insurance plan does not cover prescriptions for on-going medications. Pre-existing conditions are covered only if they were well-managed and then unexpectedly manifest during the course of the program.
  • If you wear corrective lenses, consult with your eye care professional. Bring an extra pair of eyeglasses and/or extra contact lenses.

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