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The holiday Guru tackles travelling with medication and more

Taking medication into Japan and whether knitting needles are allowed in hand luggage: The Holiday Guru solves traveller queries

  • One reader asks about a hotel in the centre of Avignon for a special occasion 
  • Another writes in about obtaining a ticket for the Alhambra in Granada, Spain 
  • And there’s also a query about taking knitting needles on a flight to Canada

The Holiday Guru is always on call to answer your questions.

This week hotels for a special occasion in Avignon and how to get tickets for the Alhambra in Granada without joining a tour, are on the agenda…  

Q. Are any medications banned in Japan? I’m about to go and usually carry asthma inhalers, imodium, antihistamines and painkillers on my travels.

J Holt, via e-mail

You can take one month’s prescription and two months’ over-the-counter drugs without special permission into Japan, advises the Holiday Guru

A. These should be fine. But, only one month’s prescription and two months’ over-the-counter drugs are allowed without special permission.

If in doubt, Inside Japan (insidejapantours.com) advises contacting the Japanese embassy after reading the rules online (www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp). Do keep prescription drugs in the packaging along with the prescription.

Q. Can you recommend a good small hotel in the centre of Avignon for a special occasion Eurostar trip in September?

Angela Stern, via email

A. How about Au Coeur d’Avignon, a lovely hotel between the station and Palais des Papes, with doubles from £142 (aucoeurdavignon.com). Or try Hotel de l’Horloge, with doubles from £86 B&B (hotel-avignon-horloge.com).

Q. Can I obtain a ticket for the Alhambra in Granada without joining a tour? It’s confusing online.

Andy and Brenda Harris, via email

The Alhambra, pictured above, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada

The Alhambra, pictured above, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada

A. Indeed it is. The official website is alhambra-patronato.es — basic entry is £13 and you can book well in advance.

Q. Can I take knitting needles on my flight to Canada in September?

M Griffiths, via email

A. Yes. Plastic, aluminium and bamboo knitting needles, as well as crochet hooks, are allowed in hand luggage (catsa-acsta.gc.ca). 

If you need advice, send questions to holidayplanner@dailymail.co.uk or write to Daily Mail Travel, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT — and include your contact details.

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