Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is a natural substance that many people use to treat a wide variety of conditions, that include: anxiety, stress, chronic pain, opiate withdrawal symptoms, or as a natural energizer.
Many kratom users, especially those who use kratom to treat pain, rely on this substance to help them carry out their daily routine. So, many of them wonder what to do when traveling with kratom. Many questions arise when traveling with kratom, for example: Can I carry kratom on a plane? Can I travel with kratom abroad? In which countries is kratom legal or illegal?
In today’s article, we’ll try to answer some of the most frequent questions about traveling with kratom and we’ll give you tips on how to travel with it safely.
Traveling with Kratom: Can You Carry Kratom on a Plane?
As kratom’s legal status is not the same everywhere around the globe, there is not a straight yes or no answer to whether is it or not legal to carry kratom on a plane. The answer to this question will depend on your departure and destination places. So, before traveling with kratom it is crucial to know if kratom is legal in the country or region where you are planning to travel to.
So, having said that, the first thing to do before traveling with kratom is performing a thorough research to find out if kratom is or not legal at your destination place. Also, remember that if you are doing a layover at another country, it is advisable that you always keep your kratom in your checked baggage, as it is unlikely that it is going to be checked at the layover airport. Nevertheless, if you know that kratom is legal at your destination place and choose to carry your supply with you, make sure that kratom is legal at the layover country or region, and avoid leaving the airport secured area.
Traveling with Kratom: Airport Security
Carrying kratom in your hand baggage could be a bit problematic even if kratom is legal at your departure or destination places. The reason for this is that many people and, therefore, many airport security employees are unfamiliar with this substance. That’s why many times they’ll suspect that you are carrying an illegal item.
For all these reasons, it is advisable to always keep your kratom in your checked baggage, this way you will avoid most problems when traveling with kratom on a plane.
Nevertheless, if you need to take your kratom with you, the best thing to do is to carry it in its original unopened package so it is easier to identify.
Finally, remember that you should NEVER travel with kratom to or from places where it is illegal, as you could face criminal charges, that can be very severe in some countries.
Traveling with Kratom within the United States
Lately, kratom has been subjecting controversy in the United States due to cases of salmonella. For this reason, kratom is being scrutinized and appear as a somehow shady substance to some people. That’s why it is very important not to travel with kratom to States where it’s illegal.
At the time of this article, states where kratom is illegal, are:
- Rhode Island
- Washington D.C.
Consider that the case of Tennessee is special. Although there has been contradictory news about kratom being legal in Tennessee, there are two bills that will revise the provision regarding kratom, making it illegal to sell and possess.
On the other hand, despite being legal in the state, kratom is also illegal in the following areas:
- San Diego, CA
- Oceanside, CA
- Sarasota County, FL
- Jerseyville, IL
- Union County, MS
- Ontario, OR
Finally, states where you can encounter problems due to a change of legislation being discussed include:
- New Jersey
- New York
And remember: don’t forget to check the current kratom legality before traveling with it anywhere in the United States.
Traveling with Kratom Abroad
As you may guess, it is not possible to provide a list of all the countries where kratom is illegal, as legality may change at any time. Nevertheless, below is a list of some countries where kratom is illegal or where it could be problematic to travel with it:
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
This list is not exhaustive, and it may be more countries where kratom is not legal or where you could have trouble when traveling with it.
Hence, remember that, as kratom is a somehow controversial substance, its legal status could change at any moment in any place. So, before traveling with kratom, do your homework and make sure it is legal wherever you are planning to travel with it.