Customs -Bringing some simple medical instruments with me.

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Hi!

I think I have a question here that will be a challenge for you.

I will go to India in mid December for a five weeks long journey. For one of these weeks I am going to visit at a project for sponsored children (I am sponsoring one of them). At the project they have a small hospital that I am also sponsoring besides my child.
Now I have the opportunity to bring some simple medical instruments (for Blood Pressure Measuring, Fetal Heart Detector etc, etc) from a friend that works at a hospital in Sweden and give them to the project hospital. The instruments are old but still working properly.

My question is: Is this possible without doing a hell of a lot of paperwork for passing the customs and without giving a huge amount of bakshis/bribe for the custom officials as well? Do I have to ask the Indian embassy about the line of action?

The instruments are small and very simple (as I mentioned), so they could easily go down in my backpack. I will have detailed instructions/manuals for each one of them.

If anyone has an answer for this question I will be really happy (and amazed!)
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Re: Customs -Bringing some simple medical instruments with me.

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The instruments are small and very simple...
Are we talking really simple here , i.e. manual instruments like the the wooden thingy for listening to foetal hertbeats ? I find it hard to believe that customs would care.

With electronic equipment my first concern would be airport security measures. A monitor with attached sensors is bound to attract scrutiny. If there are batteries involved these could be interpreted as charges in the x-ray, so I would suggest packing these separately.

Re carrrying medical equipment in general : I`ve travelled with a comprehensive first aid kit also containing scalpels and never had any questions raised ( the Trangia kerosene burner had me recalled to the bomb people five minutes before boarding though)
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Re: Re: Customs -Bringing some simple medical instruments with me.

Thank you vistet for your quick answer!

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Are we talking really simple here , i.e. manual instruments like the the wooden thingy for listening to foetal hertbeats ?
No not THAT simple.

And yes, some of the instruments have batteries.

For an example please see attached file (picture).
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those would look either scary or kinky on an x-ray I think
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those would look either scary or kinky on an x-ray I think
lol




Then I hope they look kinky.......



Seriously, should I drop this idea?
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Can they be opened up easily and put back together?

If so, you may be best to check-in early and show them to customs, explaining what they are and allowing them to be inspected.
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I`ll talk to one of my workmates, hopefully later this week, who have carried a lot of medical supplies (not to India, Russia, but maybe some useful general info anyway)
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Can they be opened up easily and put back together?
I dont know yet, but I will definitely find out.

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I`ll talk to one of my workmates, hopefully later this week, who have carried a lot of medical supplies (not to India, Russia, but maybe some useful general info anyway)
Thanks a lot vistet for your commitment in this "case". I am eager to hear what he/she says.
Are you working as a doctor? Just curious....
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Whatever you do, don't take EL AL with those instruments.
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We always take similar instruments with us. Bp monitors, nebulizers, stethescopes, otoscopes. Never had any trouble yet!
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Thank you Susan for your answer!

Do you think I need some kind of signed paper describing what it is Im bringing with me. A paper to show when checking in at the airport or passing through customs?
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We have never had anything checked by customs.
Maybe a letter from the person donating the stuff stating its purpose wouldn't hurt. MAybe give you some peace of mind. Don't offer it though, keep it on stand-by in your pocket. Good luck.

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