Import of Hand Sanitisers, Masks, Thermometers and Protective Gear

Hand Sanitisers
Hand sanitisers do not need approval from HSA before they are brought into Singapore for sale. To obtain more information on the established active ingredients and labelling of products such as hygienic hand rubs or sanitisers, please click here.

Masks, Thermometers and Protective Gear for Medical Professionals
With a surge in demand locally, HSA is facilitating the import of following medical devices:

  • Surgical masks;
  • Particulate respirators e.g. N95 masks;
  • Thermometers for measuring human body temperature; and
  • Any protective gear for medical professionals e.g. isolation gowns and gloves

Since 31 Jan 2020, importers of the above medical devices do not require an importer’s licence from HSA. Instead, importers only need to notify us of their intention to import, and provide information on the brand and quantity of the devices to be imported into Singapore. They must also maintain proper sales and distribution records. These measures are to minimise the risk of sub-standard products being brought into Singapore.  


Import for Personal Use (for use by an individual and/or family members):
Individuals importing masks or thermometers for personal use in quantities within the limits indicated below do not need to submit any notification to HSA:

  • Surgical masks: 3 boxes (3 x 50 pieces) per person
  • Particulate Respirators: 3 boxes (3 x 20 pieces) per person
  • Thermometers: 2 units per person

Where the quantity being imported exceeds the above limits, please submit a notification to HSA using the form in the URL below:




Import for Commercial and/or other purposes (not for personal use):
If you are importing masks, thermometers and/or protective gear for medical professionals for commercial or other purposes (e.g. workplace use, donation), please submit a notification to HSA using the form in the URL below:



Importers can use the template provided below to maintain their sales or distribution records. Where necessary (e.g. recall of certain brands of thermometers), HSA may require these records to be submitted for our review.

2020 Distribution records template15 KB

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