Bringing in personal medications
You may need to apply for an approval to bring in medications for yourself or family members' use.
Note: HSA cannot ensure the safety and efficacy of medications sold in other countries. We advise that you obtain them from reliable sources. You are responsible for the effects of the medications you bring into Singapore.
Transit in Singapore (without immigration clearance)
You do not need an approval from us for carrying personal medications if you are only transiting through Singapore without clearing the Singapore immigration. Do note that prohibited substances such as chewing gums, cannabis and product containing cannabis extracts, are NOT allowed to be brought with you even if you are not clearing immigration. Use our online tool to find out whether your medications contain any prohibited substances.
Requirements from other regulatory agencies
We do not regulate products used on animals, as well as those presented in the form of food and beverage, such as biscuits, cookies, coffee, juice. Refer to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) for all food-related regulations, and the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) for regulations on non-food related animal, plant and wildlife management services.
All goods entering Singapore's borders are also regulated by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Refer to their website for more information on these regulations.
Specific regulatory requirements
Prohibited substances and illegal health products
You are not allowed to bring in personal medications that contain prohibited substances. Use our online tool to find out whether your medications contain any of these substances.
In the course of our routine safety surveillance of products found in Singapore, we have identified several adulterated products that are listed in our Illegal Health Product Database . You are also not allowed to bring these products into Singapore.