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Singapore customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Singapore to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Singapore make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Singapore customs regulations.

Import regulations in Singapore

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

  • There is no duty-free concession on any tobacco products brought into Singapore.

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to passengers who are 18 years or above, have been out of Singapore for 48 hours or more, and have not come from Malaysia. One of following combinations:

  • 1 litre of spirits, 1 litre of wine and 1 litre of beer;
  • 2 litres of wine and 1 litre of beer;
  • 1 litre of wine and 2 litres of beer.

Other goods

  • Travellers who have been out of Singapore for more than 48 hours are entitled to S$600 worth of duty-free goods for personal use.
  • Travellers who have been out of Singapore for less than 48 hours are entitled to S$150 worth of duty-free goods for personal use.
  • Holders of a work permits, employment passes, student passes, dependent passes or long-term pass issued by the Singapore Government and crew members are not eligible for GST relief.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country:

  • Chewing gum, with the exception of oral dental and medicated gum approved by the Health Sciences Authority.
  • Imitation tobacco products.
  • Shisha.
  • eCigarettes.
  • Any nicotine or tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, dissolvable tobacco or nicotine, nasal and oral snuff, tobacco or nicotine to be used in an eCigarette or vaporiser, nicotine or tobacco to be used by implant or injection, and gutkha, khaini and zarda.
  • Cigarette lighters of a revolver or pistol shape.
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances.
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products.
  • Firecrackers.
  • Obscene articles and publications.
  • Seditious or treasonable materials
  • Counterfeit materials or items breaching copyrights.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival:

  • Animals, birds and their by-products, meat and meat products, fish and seafood products, and fruit and vegetables all require a permit from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore.
  • Arms and explosives, bullet-proof clothing, toy guns, pistols and revolvers, and weapons such as spears and swords require a permit from the Singapore Police Force.
  • Films, videos, video games, publications and audio records, telecommunication and radio communication equipment and toy walkie-talkies require a permit from the Infocomm Media Development Authority.
  • Medicines require a physician's prescription. Medicines, pharmaceuticals and poisons are regulated by the Health Sciences Authority.
  • Radioactive materials, ionising radiation, irradiating apparatus, and non-ionising radiation apparatus such as laser pointers, microwaves, and sunlamps require a permit from the National Environment Agency.
  • All pets are subject to importation requirements, and some may be prohibited.

Information has been updated: .