Carrying Drugs to Singapore
If you can’t find a specific medicine in Singapore, you may need them to be imported over to Singapore. To bring along external medicine in Singapore, there are two things that you need to take note.
- First, you need to know if the medicine you are bringing along has any ingredients that are on the ‘Controlled Substance’ or ‘Prohibited Items’ list.
- Second, you would need proper proof and evidence to support the legality of bringing over these medications to Singapore.
To know whether the ingredients of your medication are under the ‘Prohibited Items’ list, you can check it with the health authority of Singapore. It is highly recommended that you check if your medication is eligible for import according to the anti-narcotics law in Singapore. If it is not, you must prepare the necessary paperwork and provide details that will get the medication approved for import. To import a prohibited drug, you need to apply for an official Import Permit. The details can include, your health complication, doctor’s prescription, dosage, etc.
The drug that contains psychotropic or addictive components fall under the controlled medication lists in Singapore. For these drugs, not anyone or any drug store can dispense it. Controlled medication does not fall under general medication.
To find out whether your medication is a controlled medication, check with the Health Science Authority.
There is a bit of leniency when it comes to importing legal medications as compared to prohibited items. However, there are still some requirements that you need to be aware of before importing these drugs. First, you can only import enough of these medications that are for personal use. And secondly, if you plan on staying for longer periods, then you must get these medications approved for import in large quantities.
As with the case of prohibited medication, you also need your doctor’s prescription with you for these medications as well. As you stay for longer periods, the medications will eventually run out. In this case, you will need to set up an appointment with a new doctor in Singapore and get yourself prescribed new medications.