Singapore Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Passengers of 18 years of age or older, having been outside Singapore for at least 48 hours prior to arrival: Free import of: spirits, wine and beer not exceeding 1 litre each; or 2 litres of wine and 1 litre of beer; or 1 litre of wine and 2 litres of beer.

Free import of other goods, gifts, souvenirs and foods for stays outside Singapore of less than 48 hours: SGD 150.-; or for stays outside of Singapore of 48 hours or more: SGD 600.-.

Food items for personal consumption are permitted. However, certain foods are prohibited or controlled depending on county of origin and may be limited to a maximum amount or weight. Detailed information can be found at www.ava.gov.sg

Free import of liquor products is not allowed if arriving from Malaysia. Exempt are passengers coming from a third country transiting in Malaysia, who did not enter Malaysia.

Prohibited: chewing gum (except oral dental and medicated gum approved by Health Sciences Authority (HSA)); chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes); controlled drugs and psychotropic substances; endangered animals and their by-products; firecrackers; obscene articles and materials; reproduced materials infringing copyright.

All tobacco products must be delared on arrival as they are subject to tax and duty. Any chewing gum must also be declared to ensure that it is HSA approved. Failure to declare may result in fine or imprisonment.

Warning: Trafficking of illegal drugs is punishable by death.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Import of firearms or explosives is prohibited, unless carrier holds a permit from the Director General of Civil Aviation Authority, Singapore:

when entering a police permit must be obtained 2 weeks prior to entry. Fee of SGD 45.-, for transhipment applies per passenger. Fee is imposed by CAAS Authorities (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore). The airline is required to seek approval from Director General of CAAS for carriage of firearms on board the aircraft. Violation may result in prosecution of passenger and carrier;

Note: on SQ flights application must be sent to telex SINKESQ, attn: Duty Officer 2 weeks prior to travel. Violation may result in prosecution of passenger and carrier.

Import of toy guns requires approval. Any toy gun resembling real guns will not be approved.

Export regulations::

Free export of reasonable quantities of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.

Crew members customs regulations::

0.25 litre of spirits and 1 litre of wine or 1 litre of beer.

Pets::

1. Passengers arriving with pets must obtain, at least 30 days prior to arrival:
- an Import Licence from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). For detailed information, refer to: www.ava.gov.sg
- acceptance for quarantine space in Sembawang Animal Quarantine station (SAQS) for cats/dogs from countries other than Australia, Cayman Isl., Denmark, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, USA (Hawaii and Guam only) and United Kingdom. ;
Passengers must notify the Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) of the AVA of the following details, at least 5 working day before arrival at Changi International Airport: passengers name and local contact number; date and time of arrival; import permit number; whether pet is traveling as accompanied baggage or manifested cargo.
2. Cats/dogs directly imported from Australia, Cayman Isl., Denmark, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, USA (Hawaii and Guam only) and United Kingdom require an Airline Declaration, a copy of which must be attached to the container. Page 2 of the declaration must be completed if the seal of the container has been broken.
3. A Transhipment Licence from AVA must be obtained when transiting pets via Singapore.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Singapore.

Crew clearance through special immigration counter.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Singapore Dollar-SGD) and foreign currencies: no limit. However, amounts exceeding SGD 30,000.- (or equivalent)(incl. traveller cheque, bearer cheque, bill of exchange, promissory note) should be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Singapore Dollar-SGD) and foreign currencies: no limit. However, amounts exceeding SGD 30,000.- (or equivalent)(incl. traveller cheque, bearer cheque, bill of exchange, promissory note) should be declared on departure.




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