Singapore has one of the best healthcare services and facilities, and as a foreigner or expat in Singapore there are various types of medications that you should know. Whether you are incorporating a company or moving to Singapore, understanding the healthcare system in Singapore is crucial.
Types of Medications
As per the government guidelines, there are three types of medications in Singapore:
Requires a doctor’s or health expert’s prescription else it cannot be sold
Only available at certain drug stores and sold by qualified pharmacists
General Sales Medication
Available everywhere including retail stores
Some of the popular drug store chains in Singapore are Watsons and Guardian
ADVISE: If you’re moving to Singapore, you should bring at least 3 months’ worth of medications as drugs available in your home country may not be available or require a prescription in Singapore.
Besides these 3 types of medications, you also have the option of getting Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How to Import Drugs into Singapore
Should your drugs or medicine are not available in Singapore, you may need to import them over. However, do take note that:
The medications’ ingredients do not include those in the ‘Controlled Substance’ or ‘Prohibited Items’ list
Evidence to support the legality of bringing over these medications to Singapore is required
TIP: Check if your medication is eligible for import according to the anti-narcotics law in Singapore here!
Necessary paperwork and details of the medication will be required to apply for an official Import Permit. Some details may include:
There are also controlled medications in Singapore. These are drugs that contain psychotropic or addictive components and not anyone can dispense it. Find out if your medication is controlled with the Health Science Authority. If you are looking for the list of import restrictions, you can read more about them here.
Locating a Health Facility
Health facilities are strategically located around Singapore. Here’s a quick list of some private and public hospitals in Singapore:
You may visit the Ministry of Health website for the entire list of the types of health facilities, such as GP Clinics, Polyclinics, and more.
When it comes to moving to Singapore, whether to live, for work, or even set up a business in Singapore, there are many considerations before making the right decision. Talk to us and see how we can help make the transition seamless for you!