General Rule for Travellers
Travellers returning to Singapore can carry food products for personal consumption without first
obtaining an import permit if:
- the type of food product is allowed;
- the amount is within the allowance;
- the source country
is approved by SFA (see section 'Conditions for Specific Types of Food'); and
- the food products will not be sold commercially.
Travellers must be aware of the risks associated with consuming those food items.
See Food Safety by Food Groups for more information on food safety
List of Food & Food Products Allowed
The types and amounts of food that can be brought into Singapore from approved sources are
indicated in the table below.
Note that the approved sources of food products are subject to change for health and safety
All forms of meat products, including cooked food containing meat
Each person is allowed a maximum of 5kg of meat products
directly from approved sources.
||Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Uruguay, USA
||Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand,
Switzerland, The Netherlands, Uruguay, United Kingdom, USA
||Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
United Kingdom, USA
||Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany,
Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, The Netherlands,United Kingdom
Each person is allowed a maximum of 5kg of seafood products, out of which a
maximum of only 2 kg of frozen cooked crabmeat and frozen cooked prawn meat
(except frozen cooked crabmeat, frozen cooked prawn meat and live or frozen
or frozen oysters
||Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, The Netherlands, United
cooked crabmeat and frozen cooked prawn meat
Fruit & Vegetable Items
Each person is allowed a small, reasonable quantity (i.e. hand-carried size)
of fruit and vegetable products for personal consumption.
fruit and vegetables
However, a phytosanitary certificate from the country's competent authority is
required for fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico and the South 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, Nicaragua, Panama,
Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname,
Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Virgin Islands
Each person is allowed a maximum of 30 eggs.
||Australia, New Zealand, Sweden
Processed Food Items
Each person is allowed a maximum of 5kg or 5 litres of processed food
products. The total value of these products cannot exceed S$100 per person.
For cleaned dried bird's nest, a maximum of 1 kg is allowed and there is no restriction in
terms of its total value.
Products, i.e. all food products
- fresh fruits
Bringing in Larger Quantities
If you wish to bring in larger quantities of food products for personal consumption, you are
required to obtain an import permit.
You are required to apply for a trader's licence or register with SFA and apply for an import
permit for commercial food imports (including bringing in for consumption or distribution for
wedding, charity, exhibition, etc). See the section "Applying for Import Permit" in
Imports for more information.
Before & upon Entering Singapore
Do check the list of personal allowances before travelling to Singapore. If you have doubts upon
arriving in Singapore, you are advised to declare your food items to the Immigration &
Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers.