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This application is a service of the Singapore Government.

Health Sciences Authority

Bringing Personal Medications into Singapore

Guidance for Importing Medicinal Products into Singapore for Personal Medical Use

This guidance is applicable for individuals importing medicinal products into Singapore for own personal medical use.

The import of medicinal products into Singapore is regulated under the Medicines Act. In addition, medicinal products containing Controlled Drugs listed under the Misuse of Drugs Act are subject to additional controls.

Medicinal products not containing controlled substances

Medicinal products not containing any substance listed in Appendix A may be imported into Singapore without the need for prior approval from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

The quantity imported in each instance should not exceed 3 months' supply based on the dosage prescribed by the doctor or the dosage recommended by the manufacturer or supplier of the medicinal product.

The relevant supporting documents (i.e. a letter from the doctor and/or a copy of the prescription) should accompany the medicinal product(s) as proof that they are for personal medical use.  

The person importing the medicinal product(s) shall take full responsibility for the use of the medicinal product(s) in Singapore.

Medicinal products containing controlled substances

Prior approval from HSA is required for each import of medicinal products containing any substance listed in Part I of Appendix A.

To apply for approval, please download this application form and submit the completed form at least ten working days before the arrival date.

The following documents and information are required to be submitted with your application:

  1. A copy of your doctor's letter or prescription verifying 
    i) the need for the medicinal products
    ii) the total quantity of the medicinal products to be imported into Singapore
  2. A copy of your travel itinerary indicating intended arrival and departure dates into/from Singapore (applicable for visiting tourists)
  3. A copy of your passport page with personal particulars

Please submit your application form (preferably in one pdf file) via:

  • Email:
  • Fax : (65) 64789068; or
  • Mail :
    Audit and Licensing Division
    Health Products Regulation Group
    Health Sciences Authority
    11 Biopolis Way
    #11-01, Helios
    Singapore 138667

Upon approval, the licence / permit will be sent to you through email / fax.

Import of substances listed in Part II of Appendix A is prohibited as these substances have limited or no medicinal use.

Medicinal products containing Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine

There are restrictions on the import and export of medicinal products containing Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine. For such medicinal products, the total quantity imported must not exceed 21.6 g of Ephedrine and/or Pseudoephedrine and for the purpose of own consumption or consumption of any other person. For clarifications, please contact the Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore at email: or Tel: +65 6557 3229.

Routine check upon arrival

If you are bringing in the medicinal products with your personal belongings, you are not required to declare them upon your arrival in Singapore. However, please have all the supporting documents ready with you for verification when requested.

You are reminded not to sell or supply the medicinal products to anyone in Singapore. For tourists visiting Singapore, please bring the remaining medicinal products with you when you leave Singapore.

Availability of medicinal products in Singapore

If you need additional supplies of medicinal products while you are in Singapore, please seek advice from a pharmacist or consult a medical doctor in Singapore.

If the medicinal products you need are not registered in Singapore and there are no suitable alternatives available locally, the doctor in Singapore may seek approval from the Therapeutic Products Branch,Pre-Marketing Division, Health Products Regulation GroupHSA MedProd Enquiry (HSA) ( for a permit to import the medicinal products.


FAQs for Importing medicinal products into Singapore for personal medical use.


For further clarification, please email your enquiry to the Health Sciences Authority's information service at:

Alternatively, you may call Tel. (65) 6866 3522 or (65) 6866 3592 for assistance.


Application for Approval to Import Medicinal Products into Singapore for Personal Use