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Travel Personal Medicines Into Singapore

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Travel Personal Medicines Into Singapore

I have a paralyzed left arm after a motorbike accident 1986, I have diagnosis Plexus brachialis injury, in order to get better / prevent against to my Neuropathic Pain called phantom pain, I am force to daily take following medicine:

- Lyrica contains Pregabalin

- Palexia than contains Tapentadol

- Zolpidem (sleeping pills)

- Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic drug

Does anyone tell me what documents I need in order to enter Singapore? I would be thanks to get links to websites where I can download information or just access to information?

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1. Re: Travel Personal Medicines Into Singapore

hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/Health_Products_Re…

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2. Re: Travel Personal Medicines Into Singapore

The important link has been given....just to note that a few things got changed a few months ago so if you go looking for previous discussions then do be careful with the details of some older posts on the subject.

As it stands:

If the meds are OTC in Singapore you can bring in a reasonable quantity without having to do anything

If the meds are prescription only in Singapore then you don't need to declare reasonable quantities but you need a copy of the prescription or a doctors note to demonstrate they are for you in the rare event of a stop and check.

If the meds are on Appendix A (the Controlled Drug list basically) in the link given by Minxbaby then you need to get an import licence, arranged in advance and then declare them on arrival so they can inspect the licence (that last clause is one of the new changes). This essentially means filling in a form detailing the meds in terms of drug and quantities carried, prescription copies/doctor's notes stating they are needed and for you, passport ID page copy etc.

I have found when doing this that if you email it during Singapore office hours the reply comes much much faster than if you send it during their night time (hours rather than days). While that might have been luck, it also could indicate that during the day the application goes to a live person whereas at night it sits in a stack of 'To be done' emails that get parcelled out.

At least two of your medications are on that list on a quick scan (Tapentadol and Zolpidem) - so you do need to check it out. If your pharmacology isn't great then take the list to your doctor and get them to check the list for you.

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So question please, i do take one of the medications on the list but only will be taking approx 6 tablets with me, do i still need to get a license? Is the license only for large amounts for import?

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<<only will be taking approx 6 tablets with me, do i still need to get a license>>

Of course. You are taking an Appendix A medicine in for personal use, so yes you need a personal medication import licence for that.

That's precisely what this licence is for, its not a commercial large scale licence - as its also getting you exemption from a whole host of checks and taxes as well as giving you permission to have the controlled substance in Singapore.

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Thanks for that, went to 2 travel agents and they didnt seem to know so i really appreciate the advice. Have applied for the license for Singapore. One more question if i may, do you know if anything applys going into Thailand??

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<<went to 2 travel agents and they didnt seem to know so >>

Doesn't surprise me - this is a bit individual for an average travel agent to be up on thoroughly. Such knowledge is more likely in one of the larger and better chains where they set things link up to an expert somewhere in the company (but often in a different office) or a specialist one which focuses on a narrow area. I would expect blanks stares and maybe a link to the HSA website to sort myself out at best from a regular High Street place here in the UK and I guess the same seems to apply for your home.

As to Thailand, I cannot really help - the Thailand forums will be able to guide you though. You may get a reply here from someone who has been though as there is a fair amount of crossover in travel populations.

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7. Re: Travel Personal Medicines Into Singapore

Shannon B, hi

About the meds to bring to Thailand, you can ask on Thai forum:

https:/…ShowForum-g293915-i3686-Thailand.html

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8. Re: Travel Personal Medicines Into Singapore

HI

There is a form that you must complete.. (check their list for active ingredients in medicine - do not look for the trade name of the medicine, but the actual ingredients eg. if it contains codeine etc). Email your application together with an updated script from the doctor, and they will send you a letter/permit giving you permission to bring in the medicine to Singapore for personal use.

The same goes for Thailand... have a look at which ingredients you need to get a letter from their government agency.

Both countries do this very quickly. My application to Singapore took about a day. Thailand about 3 days.

Singapore: hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/Health_Products_Re…

Thailand: …thaiembassy.org/Home/BringingMedicationToTh…

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