Immigration and Custom

Generally, foreigners who do not require visas for entry and are visiting Singapore as tourists, may be given up to 30-day social visit passes upon their arrival in Singapore. For more information on visa requirements. To find out more about the types of visas and to download the necessary application forms. Tourists, however, should have valid passports, onward / return tickets, onward facilities (e.g. visas, entry permits, etc.) to their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore. If they require a longer stay, they may apply to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority after their arrival. Women in an advanced state of pregnancy (i.e. 6 months or more) intending to visit Singapore should make prior application to the nearest Singapore overseas mission.

Contact details of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority are:
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority
ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
Singapore 208718
Tel: (65) 6391 6100
Fax: (65) 6298 0843/6298 0837

Customs Formalities

There is no restriction on the amount of currency you can bring in.

Dutiable Goods

  • Intoxicating liquors including wine, beer, ale, stout and port

  • Tobacco including cigarettes and cigars

  • Motor spirit

Non-Dutiable Goods

  • Electronic and electrical goods

  • Cosmetics

  • Cameras, clocks and watches

  • Jewellery, precious metals and precious stones

  • Footwear

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Toys

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
There is a 4% Goods and Services Tax levied on all goods imported into Singapore.

GST-Free/Duty-Free Concessions

New articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations up to values below:

  • SGD 50 if traveller has been away from Singapore for less than 24 hrs

  • SGD 150 if traveller has been away from Singapore for 24 hrs or more but less than 48 hrs

  • SGD 300 if traveller has been away from Singapore for 48 hrs or more

The following duty-free concessions are granted to travellers arriving from countries other than Malaysia and who have been away from Singapore for 48 hrs or more:

  • 1 litre spirits (brandy, whisky, gin, rum, vodka, etc.)

  • 1 litre wine

  • 1 litre beer or stout or ale

Duty-free concessions are granted for personal consumption only. It is an offence to sell or give them away. There is no GST relief and duty-free concession on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Travellers arriving from Malaysia will not be granted GST relief and duty-free concession on cigarettes, tobacco products, intoxicating liquors and motor spirits. The items may be brought in only on payment of duty and GST.

GST and duties must be paid on goods brought in for trade, commercial or business purposes and goods carried on behalf of other persons. Cars and vans carrying such goods should proceed to the lorry lane where the goods together with the relevant Customs permits and supporting documents should be produced for Customs clearance.

Excess Goods

Goods exceeding the GST/duty-free concessions can be brought in only on payment of GST and Customs Duty.
Transit passengers arriving by air at the Changi Airport may keep their excess items in the Customs Bond pending departure through either Terminal 1 or 2 of the same airport. Warehouse rent is chargeable.

Prohibited Items
The following items are not allowed to be brought into Singapore:

  • Intoxicating liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets

  • Cigarettes with the prefix "E" printed on the packets

  • Chewing gum

  • Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products

  • Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape

  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances

  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products

  • Firecrackers

  • Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software

  • Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes

  • Seditious and treasonable materials

Controlled & Restricted Items
Entry for any of the items listed in the table below will only be allowed on production of import permit or other authorisation from the relevant authority. For more information, visit the
Singapore Customs site.



  • Animals, birds and their by-products

  • Plants

  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products

  • Ornamental fish

  • Meat and meat products

  • Fish and seafood products

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore
    5 Maxwell Road #02-00
    Tower Block MND Complex
    Singapore 069110
    Tel: (65) 6226 2250
    Fax: (65) 6220 6068

  • Plants with soil

  • Plant Regulatory Branch
    Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore
    Sembawang 17km
    Sembawang Research Station
    Singapore 769193
    Tel: (65) 6751 9843
    Fax: (65) 6752 0170

  • Arms & explosives

  • Bullet-proof clothing

  • Toy guns, pistols & revolvers

  • Weapons, kris, spears and swords


    Singapore Police Force
    Arms & Explosives Branch
    391 New Bridge Road
    #02-701 Police Cantonment Complex
    Singapore 088762
    Tel: (65) 6557 5803/09
    Fax: (65) 6223 4704


  • Pre-recorded cartridges & cassettes

  • Newspapers, books and magazines

  • Films, videotapes/discs and laser discs

  • CD-ROM and video games

  • Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
    Films and Publications Department
    45 Maxwell Road
    #07/11-12 URA Centre East Wing
    Singapore 069118
    Tel: (65) 1800 - 372 2800
    Fax: (65) 6221 0340

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Health Sciences Authority
    Centre of Pharmaceutical Administration
    2 Jalan Bukit Merah
    Singapore 169547
    Tel: (65) 6325 5609
    Fax: (65) 6325 5423

  • Medicines

  • Poisons

  • Health Sciences Authority
    11 Outram Road
    Singapore 169078
    Tel: 1800 - 225 1816

  • Telecommunication & radio communication equipment

  • Toy walkie-talkies

  • Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
    Licensing & Enforcement
    8 Temasek Boulevard
    #14-00 Suntec City Tower 3
    Singapore 038988
    Tel: (65) 6211 0888
    Fax: (65) 6211 2222

  • Toy Singapore coins and currency notes

  • Board of Commissioners of Currency
    109, Pasir Panjang Road
    Currency House
    Singapore 118536
    Tel: (65) 6349 4688
    Fax: (65) 6349 4700

    Travellers with medicine which may only be obtained through prescription under Singapore law, especially sleeping pills, depressants and stimulants, must possess a prescription from a physician confirming that the medicine is used solely for the traveller's physical well-being.

    The list of dutiable, non-dutiable, controlled and restricted goods is not exhaustive and is subject to change without notice. For clarification or further information, visit this
    site or contact:
    The Customs Duty Officer
    Duty Office Terminal 1
    Singapore Changi Airport
    Singapore 819642
    Tel: (65) 6542 7058  Fax: (65) 6542 7059

    The Customs Duty Officer
    Duty Office Terminal 2
    Singapore Changi Airport
    Singapore 918143
    Tel: (65) 6543 0755  Fax: (65) 6542 3009

    The Deputy Officer Commanding
    Support Services Airports Branch
    Airports Customs & Excise Dept
    Singapore Changi Airport
    PO Box 5
    Singapore 914181
    Tel: (65) 6543 0764  Fax: (65) 6542 3009

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