Moving to Singapore

Customs regulations and permits for Singapore

For third-country nationals / moving from outside the EU

All goods imported into Singapore are regulated under the Customs Act, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act, and the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act.

Imported goods are subject to GST and/or duty payment. A customs permit is required to account for the import and tax payment of the goods.

Dutiable goods, which incur both GST and duty, are:

  • Intoxicating liquors
  • Tobacco products
  • Motor vehicles
  • Petroleum products

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Prohibited and restricted items in Singapore

You cannot enter the following items in Singapore

  • Chewing gum (excluding Health Sciences Authority approved oral dental and medicinal chewing gum)
  • Pistol or revolver-shaped cigarette lighters
  • Firecrackers
  • Rhinoceros horn (worked, unworked, or prepared and any part, power, or waste of such horn)
  • Endangered species of wildlife and products derived from the body of such animals
  • Scanning receivers
  • Military communication equipment
  • Chewing tobacco (loose leaf chewing tobacco, plug chewing tobacco, twist chewing tobacco, tobacco bits intended for chewing)
  • Imitation tobacco products (electronic cigarettes, vaporizers) and components of imitation tobacco products
  • Shisha
  • Smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos, or smokeless cigarettes
  • Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine
  • Any solution or substance, of which tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that is intended to be used with an electronic nicotine delivery system or vaporizers
  • Nasal snuff
  • Oral snuff

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