Can I Fly With Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna Speciosa) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain active alkaloids that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects. Kratom is believed to act on opioid receptors. At low doses, Kratom acts as a stimulant, making users feel more energetic. At higher doses, it reduces pain and may bring on euphoria. ... People who use Kratom for relaxation report that because it is plant-based, it is natural and safe.

Most Kratom consumers rely on this wonderful plant to help carry them through their daily routine, but there seems to be a few common questions reguarding the transportation of Kratom. Botanical Remedies is here to set the facts straight. These questions include: Can I take my Kratom on a plane? Can I travel with Kratom overseas? What countries can I bring it to? Are there states that I can't travel to with my Kratom?

In this article, we're going to dive head first into all of these questions, and provide you with some important tips on how to travel with it safely. It's time to stop stressing, we've got you covered!

Common Question #1 - Can You Carry Kratom on a Plane?

Because the legal status of Kratom is different around the world, and from state to state, the answer to this question varies. The short answer to this question: Yes, depending on where your departure is, and where your destination is. We highly suggest that before traveling, you have an understanding of the legality of Kratom in the country or state that you are travelling to. You should also be aware of any layovers on your trip. While it is very unlikely that your bags will be checked at your layover airport, we advise leaving your Kratom in a checked bag, and not leaving the airports secured area. That being said, if you know that Kratom is legal at your final destination and choose to bring your Kratom along, it is best to make sure that the plant is not banned at your layover country. At the bottom of this article, you will find an up-to-date list of countries and states where Kratom has been banned. 


 Common Question #3 - What About Airport Security?

Unfortunately, many airport security employees are unfamiliar with Kratom. This means that traveling with Kratom can sometimes be problematic, even if Kratom is legal at your destination place. For this reason, we highly suggest keeping your Kratom in a checked bag when traveling. Nevertheless, if you do need to have your Kratom in a carry on, we advise to travel with it in it's originally packaging. This helps to ensure that airport employees do not see the substance, and immediately get suspicious. Original packaging gives the substance a more professional look, so it doesn't appear that you carrying a random powder. Lastly, keep in mind that we advise against ever traveling with Kratom to a destination where Kratom has been marked illegal. Criminal charges may be brought against you, and in some countries, they can be very severe. 


 Traveling within The U.S.A

 As most of the people reading this article are aware, Kratom has been under a lot of scrutiny as of late. This is mostly because of the recent salmonella outbreak. Because of this, travelers that are carrying Kratom need to be sure that wherever they are traveling, Kratom is still legal. 

States where Kratom has been banned:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin
  • Washington DC
  • Alton (IL)
  • Sarasota County (FL)
  • San Diego (CA)

*Tennessee - as of late, two bills were passed making it legal to sell and posess Kratom.

Kratom is also illegal in the following areas:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Oceanside, CA
  • Sarasota County, FL
  • Jerseyville, IL
  • Union County, MS
  • Ontario, OR

States with pending legislature:

  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Always remember, do not forget to check the latest laws surround Kratom legality, as they are constantly changing. 


Traveling with Kratom Overseas

 It is very hard to assume all of the countries where Kratom is not legal, as the list of countries is constantly undergoing change. Here is a list of countries where it may be problematic to fly with Kratom:

  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

In final, the legality of Kratom is always changing. Be sure to do your research, and be aware of what the laws regarding Kratom are at your travel destination. While it is it 100% legal and safe to fly with Kratom to states and countries where Kratom has not been banned, we do suggest taking the extra time and doing your homework before your trip. Many people fly with Kratom every single day, and run into no issues. Just be sure to know the laws! 

Safe Travels from all of us at Botanical Remedies!