Singapore Customs

Customs Clearance

 

Please use the Green Channel for your baggage clearance if you do not have controlled or prohibited items to declare and have not exceeded your Duty Free Concession or GST relief.

Please use the Red Channel if you have items to declare or if in doubt

Alcohol Allowance

 

If you are above 18 years of age, traveled from countries other than Malaysia and have spent 48 hours or more outside Singapore immediately before your arrival, you are granted the following duty-free concessions for liquors:

Option
Spirits
Wine
Beer
A
1 Litre
1 Litre
1 Litre
B
-
2 Litres
1 Litre
C
-
1 Litre
2 Litres

If you are a bona fide crew member, you will be granted duty-free concession on 0.25litre of spirits, and either 1 litre of wine or 1 litre of beer.

Cigarettes Allowance

 

There is no duty-free concession for Tobacco, including cigarettes and cigars. Such dutiable goods should be declared. (For more information on GST Relief and other Duty-Free Concession, please visit Singapore Customs’ website @ http://www.customs.gov.sg)

 

If in doubt, always seek clearance at the Red Channel.

Cash Allowance
 
As of 1 November 2007, the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crime (Confiscation of Benefits) Act requires that a persons who moves into or out of Singapore, Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments (CBNI) the total value of which exceeds SGD30,000.00 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) must give a report to an Immigration Officer or to the Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office.

GST Import Relief
 
Bona-fide traveller who is not a holder of a work permit, employment pass, student pass, dependent pass or long-term pass, will be given GST relief on new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations (excluding intoxicating liquors, tobacco and petroleum products) up to the following value shown in the table below:

Please be informed that the above relief is granted on an individual basis and is not applicable if the goods are brought in for trade, commercial or business purposes, or carried on behalf of other persons. For goods exceeding the eligible GST relief, travellers are required to make payment for the taxes at the Customs Tax Counter before exiting the Green/Red Channel. Further information on customs clearance and procedures can be found at
http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/Customs+Clearance+Procedure.html.


Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (eTRS)
 
With effect from 21 January 2013, tourists can now enjoy Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (eTRS), subject to terms and conditions of the GST on the purchases in Singapore when the items are brought out of Singapore Cruise Centre (excluding cruises-to-nowhere, round-trip cruise and regional ferry).
 
For more information on the terms and conditions on the Tax Refund Scheme, please refer to www.iras.gov.sg. For other enquiries, please email to gst@iras.gov.sg.

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