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Bringing Food into Singapore

No permit is required if small amount of food products are brought in from approved sources for personal consumption

Under Singapore's laws, you are required to obtain a permit from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) before importing food into the country.

AVA however, recognises that travellers both from Singapore and overseas, may wish to bring certain food items for personal consumption when they travel. The types of food and amounts that can be brought into Singapore from approved sources without a permit are indicated in the table.These quantities are strictly for personal consumption and not for sale. Travellers must be aware of the risks associated with consuming such food items, which have not undergone checks by AVA. Approved sources may change due to health and safety reasons.

The types of food and the amounts that can be brought into Singapore from approved sources without a permit from AVA are indicated in the table below:

Meat Items
(All forms of meat products, including cooked food containing meat)
Product Countries / regions from which the product may be imported directly Personal Allowance (Maximum amount which may be imported without a permit from AVA)
Beef Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Uruguay }  A total of 5 kg per
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Mutton Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Uruguay, United Kingdom, USA |
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Pork Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA |
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Poultry Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA |
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Seafood Items
Product Countries/Regions from which the product may be imported Personal Allowance (Maximum amount which may be imported without a permit from AVA)
Fish products (except frozen cooked crabmeat, frozen cooked prawn meat and live or frozen oysters) All countries/regions 5 kg per person (provided that the total quantity of all seafood products does not exceed 5 kg per person)
Live or frozen oysters Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA 5 kg per person (provided that the total quantity of all seafood products does not exceed 5 kg per person)
Frozen cooked crabmeat and frozen cooked prawn meat All countries/regions 2 kg per person (provided that the total quantity of all seafood products does not exceed 5 kg per person)
 


Fruit and Vegetable Items
Product Countries/Regions from which the product may be imported Personal Allowance (Maximum amount which may be imported without a permit from AVA)
Fresh fruit and vegetables All countries/regions. However a phytosanitary certificate is required for fresh fruits and vegetables from the  American Tropics (which includes Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Rep, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Virgin Islands) Small, reasonable quantities hand carried for personal consumption
 


Egg Items
Product Countries/Regions from which the product may be imported Personal Allowance (Maximum amount which may be imported without a permit from AVA)
Hen Eggs Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, USA Up to 30 eggs per person
 


Processed Food Items
Product Countries/Regions from which the product may be imported Personal Allowance (Maximum amount which may be imported without a permit from AVA)
Processed Food Products (all food products excluding meat and seafood products, fresh fruits and vegetables) All countries/regions Total weight or volume does not exceed 5 kg/litres and total value not more than $100 per person
 

NOTE: The above personal allowances are applicable for current sources of food products approved by AVA and are subject to change for health and safety reasons.



Larger amounts require permit

A traveller may bring in larger quantities of these products if he has an import permit. The import must comply with the various prevailing import conditions, for example, the submission of health certificates, and the requirement for the product to be inspected and sampled, among others.

For more information on the import of the food, please click below:
Not sure? Seek advice

It is always advisable to check the list of personal allowances before travelling to Singapore. When in doubt, it is advisable to declare your food items to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers. In any case, it is a good practice to declare food items brought in from overseas.

If you have further enquiries

Please call the AVA Contact Centre via 6325 7625 or email us.

Alternatively, please visit our Contact Info page.
  

Last updated on 06 December 2013
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