Bringing Personal Medications into Singapore
Guidance for Importing Therapeutic Products into Singapore for Personal Medical Use
This guidance is applicable for individuals importing therapeutic products into Singapore for personal medical use.
The import of therapeutic products into Singapore is regulated under the Health Products Act. In addition, therapeutic products containing controlled drugs listed under the Misuse of Drugs Act are subject to additional controls.
You will take full responsibility for the import of any therapeutic products into Singapore for personal medical use and ensure proper custody of these therapeutic products. These therapeutic products must not be sold or supplied in Singapore.
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Therapeutic products containing controlled drugs and/or psychotropic substances
Prior approval from HSA is required for each import of therapeutic products containing any substance listed in 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 to allow sufficient time to process your application.
The following documents and information are required to be submitted with your application:
1. A copy of your doctor's written recommendation or prescription verifying
(a) the need for the therapeutic products
(b) the dosage taken and the total quantity of the therapeutic products to be imported into Singapore
2. A copy of your flight details/travel itinerary indicating intended dates of arrival into and departure 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 one of the following modes:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: +65 6478 9068
- Mail: Audit and Licensing Division
Health Products Regulation Group
Health Sciences Authority
11 Biopolis Way, #11-01, Helios
Upon approval, the licence will be sent to you through email or fax.
Import of substances listed in the Fourth Schedule of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations is prohibited as these substances have limited or no therapeutic use.
Therapeutic products containing Codeine and Dextromethorphan
There are restrictions on the quantity of therapeutic products containing Codeine and Dextromethorphan allowed to be imported into Singapore by an individual for personal medical use. The total quantity imported must not exceed the amount stated in the following table:
|Therapeutic products containing||Maximum amount allowed|
(a) Oral liquid preparations - not exceeding 15 mg per 5 ml and not exceeding 240 ml in quantity
(b) Solid preparations - not exceeding 30 mg per dosage unit and not exceeding 20 dosage units in quantity
Therapeutic products containing Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine
There are restrictions on the import and export of therapeutic products containing Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine. For such therapeutic products, the total quantity imported must not exceed 21.6 g of Ephedrine and/or Pseudoephedrine for the purpose of own consumption or consumption of any other person. For clarifications, please contact the Central Narcotics Bureau, Singapore at email: CNB_Chemical_Enquiry@cnb.gov.sg or Tel: +65 6557 3229.
Therapeutic products not containing controlled drugs and/or psychotropic substances
Therapeutic 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 of the therapeutic product.
Routine check upon arrival
As customs officers may perform routine checks upon your immigration clearance, you are advised to bring along relevant documents with you such as your doctor's written recommendation or prescription for the therapeutic products to facilitate any verification when needed.
You are reminded not to sell or supply the therapeutic products to anyone in Singapore. For tourists visiting Singapore, please bring the remaining therapeutic products with you when you leave Singapore.
Availability of therapeutic products in Singapore
If you need additional supplies of therapeutic products while you are in Singapore, please seek advice from a pharmacist or consult a medical doctor in Singapore.
Import of Medical Devices into Singapore for Personal Medical Use
Please click here to visit the HSA website for more information.
For further clarification, please email your enquiry to the Health Sciences Authority's information service at: HSA_info@hsa.gov.sg
Alternatively, you may call Tel. +65 6866 3522 or +65 6866 3592 for assistance during office hours (Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. excluding lunch hour from 12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m. Weekends and public holidays: Closed).