Thanks for all who responded to my previous posts. i contacted the embassy in the UK for advice regarding tramadol hydrochloride, and couldnt really get a definite answer, they said anyhting morphine derives was off limts, which includes codiene (as expected) but on checking, tramadol is an opiate mimicker, not a real opiate! However, i am not sue a customs offical would know this so we are not going to risk it. i will just hope that my husbands headaches behave themselves as we have no time to apply for a certificate now. We will just take over the counter stuff. i dont even want to risk two or three tablets which is all we would take!