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:






1 Litre

1 Litre


1 Litre

1 Litre


1 Litre

1 Litre


2 Litres


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 @

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

Taking Cash In and Out of Singapore
If you are entering or leaving Singapore with Physical Currency or Bearer Negotiable Instruments (CBNI)* with a total value exceeding S$20,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency), you must fill in the Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller), or NP727, form. The forms are available at all checkpoints and police establishment or can be downloaded from the Singapore Police Force website. Submit your completed form at the Customs Red Channel on arrival in Singapore, and at the immigration counters on departure from Singapore.
For more information, please visit the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) website.
* ‘Physical currency’ refers to coins and printed money. Examples of bearer negotiable instruments include a bill of exchange, cheque, promissory note, bearer bond, money order and postal order.
Source: ICA

Goods and Services Tax (GST) Relief

All goods brought into Singapore are subject to 7 per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST). GST is levied on the value of the goods, which may include the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) plus other chargeable costs and the duty payable (if applicable).
Travellers are granted GST import relief on new goods that are purchased overseas and brought into Singapore for their personal use. The relief amount is based on the duration that the traveller has spent outside Singapore:

Time Spent Away from Singapore

Value of Goods Granted GST Relief*

48 hours or more


Less than 48 hours


*GST is applicable on the value of goods in excess of the respective relief limits
Goods granted GST import relief include new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations intended for the traveller’s personal use or consumption. The GST import relief does not apply to intoxicating liquor and tobacco, as well as goods imported for commercial purposes. Holders of a work permit, employment pass, student pass, dependent pass or long-term pass issued by the Singapore Government, and crew members are not entitled to GST import relief.
Travellers are required to pay GST on the value of the goods that exceeds the amount of GST import relief granted to them.
For convenience, you may make an advance declaration and payment of GST using our Customs@SG mobile app or web portal. Alternatively, you can declare and pay the GST for your goods at the Customs Tax Payment Office.


About Customs@SG
The Customs@SG mobile app developed by Singapore Customs provides a convenient way for travellers to pay duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) on their overseas purchases without having to visit the Customs Tax Payment Office at the checkpoint when they arrive in Singapore.
Travellers with purchases that have exceeded their personal duty free concession or GST relief can use the Customs@SG mobile app to make an advance declaration and pay the duty and/or GST anytime, anywhere prior to their arrival in Singapore. Once payment has been made, travellers need only show the e-receipts on their smartphone as proof of payment when clearing through Customs.

A Customs@SG web application is also available. Travellers can also choose to declare and pay the taxes online through the web portal.


Terms and conditions apply.
The Customs@SG mobile app also allows the public to provide tip-offs on customs offences and send feedback to Singapore Customs.
Download the app from Google Play and the App Store.


Terms & Conditions
The terms and conditions for use of the Customs@SG mobile/web application for declaration and payment of duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) are as follows:

  • • All information furnished to Singapore Customs in this application shall be true and correct;
  • • The traveller shall be aged 18 years or older to submit a declaration for cigarettes and/or tobacco products;
  • • The receipt for payment issued through the mobile/web application is valid only on the date of arrival and at the place of arrival, as declared by the traveller;
  • • The traveller will have to declare goods not covered by a successful declaration made through the mobile/web application at the Customs Tax Payment Office or Red Channel upon arrival in Singapore, and pay the duty and/or GST chargeable on the goods.
  • • Travellers shall be aware that failure to declare goods which are subject to duty and/or GST is an offence;
  • • The goods declared are not controlled or prohibited, and do not infringe any intellectual property rights.