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This application is a service of the Singapore Government.

Health Sciences Authority

Bringing Personal Medications into Singapore

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Medicines Not Requiring Approval

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

Apply for approval if the quantity of the medicines is more that 3 months' supply.

Please refer to the flowchart to find out whether you are required to submit an application for approval.

Medicines Requiring Approval

You are required to apply for approval to bring in the following medicines:

  • medicines containing psychotropic substances and/or controlled drugs found in Appendix A
  • medicines which exceed a quantity of 3 months' supply
  • medicines containing Codeine or Dextromethorphan with:
    (i)  total quantity of more than 20 tablets/capsules or
    (ii) each tablet/capsule having more than 30 mg of Codeine or Dextromethorphan or
    (iii) total quantity of more than 240 mL liquid or
    (iv) each 5 mL of liquid having more than 15 mg of Codeine or Dextromethorphan

Please refer to the flowchart to find out whether you are required to submit an application for approval.

How to Apply for Approval

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

  • A copy of your pharmacy dispensed label of the medicines and/or doctor's prescription or written recommendation verifying the dosage and frequency of use
  • A copy of the travel documents (e.g. flight/cruise tickets) showing the name and dates of arrival/departure
  • A copy of your passport page with personal particulars (if the medications were to be in possession of the caregiver of the dependent e.g. young child, passport copies of both caregiver and patient should be submitted)

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

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Prohibited Products

The following products are not allowed to be brought or imported into Singapore:

  • Controlled drugs listed in the Appendix P e.g. Cannabis, Coca Leaf, MDMA, JWH etc.
  • Medicinal chewing gums such as Nicotine gums
  • Oral dental gums

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I need to bring some medicines for my own use when I travel to Singapore.  Am I allowed to bring them?
    You may bring in medicine such as those for high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes for personal use without the need for approval if the quantity is less than 3 months’ supply.  If the quantity is more than 3 months’ supply, please apply for approval.  
    If you have any medicine on the list of Controlled Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Appendix A), you will need to apply for an approval to bring them into Singapore. You are not allowed to bring any prohibited products into Singapore (Appendix P, medicinal chewing gums and oral dental gums).

  2. What should I do if my medicine contains ingredients listed in Appendix A?
    You will need to complete and submit the application form together with supporting documents stated in the application form to HSA_Info@hsa.gov.sg at least 10 working days before your arrival in Singapore.

  3. My medicine contains controlled drugs / psychotropic substances but I am arriving in Singapore in less than 10 working days.  What should I do?
    Please submit your application for approval as soon as possible, with complete supporting documents including a copy of the pharmacy dispensed label of the medicines and/or your doctor’s letter/prescription, passport page with personal details and flight details. Application which is lacking in required information will cause delay in processing. The application form can be downloaded here.

  4. The supporting documents I have are in my own country’s language and not in English.  What should I do?
    As far as possible, please provide an accurate translation of the documents in English to facilitate processing of your application.

  5. I am travelling through Singapore but will remain within the airport’s transit zone throughout the duration of my stopover in Singapore.  Do I still need to apply for approval to bring my medicines?
    An approval is not required in this case.

  6. Do I need to declare my medicines when I arrive in Singapore?
    You many refer to Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website  for more information on declaration of medicines.

  7. I will be staying in Singapore for more than three months for work / study and will need more than a 3-month supply of medicines.  What should l do?
    You may submit an application for approval to us and we will review it based on the merits of the case.
    The application form can be downloaded to here.

  8. Am I allowed to buy medicines from overseas for my own use?
    You may do so if the criteria stated on HSA’s website have been met. However, medicines imported from overseas have not been assessed by HSA for their safety, efficacy and quality.  You are therefore advised to obtain your medicines through a pharmacist or a doctor in Singapore. For more information on the risks of buying heath products from overseas, you may refer to HSA's consumer guides.

  9. Am I allowed to bring Nicotine replacement products into Singapore?
    You may only bring in Singapore-registered Nicotine chewing gums (printed with the Singapore registration number on the packaging). This is mainly applicable for individuals who purchased the Nicotine chewing gums in Singapore and brought it overseas, and eventually carried the balance back to Singapore.

    Other nicotine replacement products such as nicotine lozenges, spray and patches are allowed to be imported, subjected to the criteria stated on HSA’s website.

  10. What is meant by import for ‘personal medical use’?
    Import for ‘personal medical use’ refers to importing for your own medical use or your family member’s medical use. It does not include import for animal use or import for friends.

  11. If I have further questions on bringing in medications for personal use, who can I contact?
    You may email us to HSA_Info@hsa.gov.sg for assistance on personal imports of medicines.