The Port Health Section (PHS) plays a key role in preventing the introduction of infectious diseases into Singapore. This is achieved through rigorous surveillance and control processes at the points of entry.
At the points of entry, Port Health works together with the relevant authorities to manage inbound health clearance for:
i) Ships with any person suspected of infectious diseases or dead body onboard;
ii) Ships arriving from countries identified to be of high risks to emerging infectious diseases (EIDs);
iii) Coffin permit
A large portion of the work in Port Health involves working with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to manage the inbound health clearance and quarantine of vessels at the sea port. These processes regulate and control the arrival of vessels from countries identified to be of high risks to EIDs, and vessels on which crew members are ill or have died.
Port Health also assesses ship sanitation standards and issues Ship Sanitation Certificates (SSCs) in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.
Port Health issues the following permits and certificates, which can be applied for online at the links below.
Should you encounter issues applying for the permits and certificates online, or have any enquiries relating to Port Health, please contact Port Health office at:
Tel: 6222 2585
Fax: 6222 8543
Address: NEA Central Regional Office, 4545 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 159466
The import and export of animals (domestic pets, livestock) comes under the purview of the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) under the National Parks Board (NParks).