Buying medication in Singapore
In Singapore, it is possible to get medicines directly from the doctor, right after the consultation. Pharmacies that dispense non-prescription medicines are often located in supermarkets and there are also duty pharmacies in every hospital.
Prescriptions from foreign doctors cannot be used in Singapore and pharmacies require a prescription from a doctor with a local license. Patients should bring foreign prescriptions (preferably translated into English) when visiting a local doctor to obtain the required prescription.
Vaccinations in Singapore
There are no mandatory vaccinations for travel to Singapore but it is recommended that you are up to date with the following:
- Vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from countries where this disease is endemic.
- Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers.
- Vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended for travelers who may be exposed to bodily fluids, such as healthcare professionals or people who have unprotected sex.
- Vaccination against diphtheria and tetanus is recommended for all travelers.
It is advisable to consult a doctor or healthcare professional before traveling abroad for specific health recommendations for your destination and personal situation.
Health risks in Singapore
Overall, Singapore is a relatively safe country in terms of health, with high medical standards and a well-developed healthcare system. However, as in any country, there are some health risks that visitors and residents should be aware of:
- Dengue: a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Visitors should take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including wearing long clothes and using insect repellent.
- Water-borne diseases: Singapore has high-quality tap water, but it’s advisable to take extra precautions when drinking water outside of hotels and restaurants.
- Respiratory infections: Singapore can experience spikes in air pollution, especially during the forest fire season in the region. People with respiratory diseases may be more sensitive to these periods of pollution.
- Food infections: care should be taken when eating raw or undercooked food as this can lead to food infections. On the other hand, the water is safe to drink more or less everywhere.
Local numbers and information
- Official name: Republic of Singapore
- Main cities: Singapore
- Type of state: Unitary parliamentary republic
- Capital: Singapore
- Commonly spoken languages: Mandarin, English, Malay and Tamil
Emergency services and useful numbers:
- Police: 999
- Fire and ambulance: 995
- Medical emergencies: 995