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Guidelines on Bringing Plants into Singapore

You need the following items in order to bring plants into Singapore:

  1. A phytosanitary certificate issued by the exporting country
  2. An NParks-issued CITES import permit (for CITES-protected species)
  3. An import permit issued  by NParks. 
  • For import via Parcel Post by Hobbyist/Individual, click here to apply for import permit.
  • For commercial Trade, the import permit must be obtained via Singapore Custom’s TradeNet System. Click here for more information.


You must also fulfil NParks’ specified plant health requirements, which include post-entry inspection, quarantine, and sampling.


Phytosanitary Certificate

You need a phytosanitary certificate to import planting materials, as it certifies that the plants or plant products conform with the current phytosanitary requirements of the importing country. This certificate is normally issued by the authority of agriculture or the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the country of origin of the plants and plant products.

You can check the International Plant Protection Convention's list of NPPO’s contact points to find out who you can contact to obtain this certificate or click here for more information.


CITES Permit 

You will need a CITES permit to bring in plants that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). Find out more about importing CITES-listed plant species here.


Plant health import requirements

Click below to check the import health requirements of plants and plant products before entering Singapore.


Ornamental Plants & Nursery Stocks

Plant Produce

Growing Medium

Economic Crops

Insects & Other Living Organisms

Genetically Modified Plants & Organisms

Herbarium Specimen


Plants That Contain Controlled Drugs

It is an offence to import plants with controlled drugs under Singapore's Misuse of Drugs Act. View the list of plants here.



Last updated on 17 June 2022

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