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:
- 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
- A copy of your travel itinerary indicating intended arrival and departure dates into/from Singapore (applicable for visiting tourists)
- A copy of your passport page with personal particulars
Please submit your application form (preferably in one pdf file) via:
- Email : email@example.com
- Fax : (65) 64789068; or
- Mail :
Audit and Licensing Division
Health Products Regulation Group
Health Sciences Authority
150 Cantonment Road, Cantonment Centre
Blk A, #01-02, Singapore 089762
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: CNB_Chemical_Enquiry@cnb.gov.sg 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) (HSA_MedProd_Enquiry@hsa.gov.sg) for a permit to import the medicinal products.
For further clarification, please email your enquiry to the Health Sciences Authority's information service at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you may call Tel. (65) 6866 3522 or (65) 6866 3592 for assistance.