If you do not have any controlled, prohibited or restricted items, or taxable/dutiable items exceeding your GST relief/duty-free concession, proceed to the Green Channel.
If in doubt, go through the Red Channel.
Duty Free Allowances
Travellers entering Singapore (whether returning home or visiting from overseas) can make use of their trip with following limits:
a) 18 years and above;
b) Have Spent 48 Hours or more outside Singapore before arrival;
c) Have not arrived from Malaysia; and
d) The liquors are for your personal consumption and not prohibited for import into Singapore
With effect from 01 April 2019, travellers will be given duty-free concession for liquors on one of the following options (updated November 2021):
|A||1 Litre||1 Litre||–|
|B||1 Litre||–||1 Litre|
|C||–||1 Litres||1 Litre|
As a crew member, you will be granted duty-free concession on 0.25 litre of spirits, and either 1 litre of wine or 1 litre of beer.
Cigarettes and Tobacco Allowance
There is no duty-free concession for Tobacco, including cigarettes and cigars. Such dutiable goods must be declared.
For more information on GST Relief and other Duty-Free Concession, please visit Singapore Customs’ website at http://www.customs.gov.sg.
When in doubt, always seek clearance at the Red Channel.
As of 1 November 2007, the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crime (Confiscation of Benefits) Act requires that a person who moves into or out of Singapore with Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments (CBNI) must give a report to an Immigration Officer or to the Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office.
From 1 September 2014, the threshold for any person entering or leaving Singapore with CBNI has been revised from SGD30,000.00 to SGD 20,000.00 (or its equivalent in foreign currency) is required to fill up the Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller) or NP727 form.
Goods & Services Tax (GST) Relief on Imported Goods
A 7% GST is levied on all goods imported into Singapore. Visitors, tourists, returning citizens or permanent residents of Singapore will be granted GST relief on new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food preparations (excluding intoxicating liquors and tobacco). Depending on the number of hours spent outside of Singapore immediately before arrival, GST relief is granted up to the following values illustrated in the table below:
|Period away from Singapore||Value of Goods|
|48 hours or more||$500|
|less than 48 hours||$100|
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 here.
About [email protected]
The [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.
The [email protected] web application is also available for travellers to declare and pay duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) on their overseas purchases through the web portal anytime, anywhere, before the travellers arrive in Singapore.
Travellers with purchases that have exceeded their personal duty free concession or GST relief can use [email protected] web application to make an advance declaration and pay the duty and/or GST without having to visit the Customs Tax Payment Office at the checkpoint when they arrive in Singapore. Once payment has been made, travellers will be notified via email, and travellers have the option of downloading the receipt from the web application. Travellers can proceed to exit the checkpoint by the Customs Green Channel. When they are stopped for checks, travellers can show the e-receipts on their mobile device or printed hardcopy receipts as proof of payment.
Terms and conditions apply.
The [email protected] mobile app also allows the public to provide tip-offs on customs offences and send feedback to Singapore Customs.
Terms & Conditions
The terms and conditions for use of the [email protected] 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 21 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.