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This application is a service of the Singapore Government.

Health Sciences Authority

Bringing Personal Medications into Singapore

Medicines Not Requiring Licence

You are allowed to bring in or import common medicines such as those for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and contraception for personal medical use if the quantity is less than 3 months' supply.

Medicines Requiring Licence

You will need to get a licence if you are importing

  • medicines of more than 3 months' supply
  • medicines containing psychotropic substances and/or controlled drugs (Appendix A) e.g. anti-anxiety pills, sleeping pills, strong painkillers, etc.
  • medicines containing more than 21.6g of Pseudoephedrine and/or Ephedrine
  • more than 20 tablets/capsules containing Codeine or Dextromethorphan, or if each tablet/capsule contains more than 30mg of Codeine or Dextromethorphan
  • more than 240mL liquid medicine containing Codeine or Dextromethorphan, or if the liquid medicine contains more than 15mg per 5 mL of Codeine or Dextromethorphan

How to Apply for a Licence

Fill in the application form and submit it with the following supporting documents:

  • A copy of your doctor's prescription or written recommendation verifying the dosage and total quantity of the medicines to be imported into Singapore
  • A copy of the flight details/travel itinerary
  • A copy of your passport page with personal particulars

You should apply at least 10 working days before your arrival.


Prohibited Substances

The following substances are not allowed to be imported:

Import of other Health Products

You are not allowed to import any complementary health products, such as traditional Chinese medicines and health supplements, that contain substances listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act or the Poisons Act of Singapore. 

For more information on personal import of complementary health products, please email to

For import of medical devices for personal medical use, please click here for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to visit the FAQ portal for more information.