Food Import & Export

Bringing Food for Personal Use

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 tips.

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 reasons.

Meat Items

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.

Product Approved Sources
BeefBeef Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Uruguay, USA
MuttonMutton Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Uruguay, United Kingdom, USA
PorkPork Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA
PoultryPoultry Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, The Netherlands,United Kingdom

Seafood Items

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 is allowed.

Product Approved Sources
Tinned sardinesFish products
(except frozen cooked crabmeat, frozen cooked prawn meat and live or frozen oysters)
All countries/regions
Frozen ClamsLive or frozen oysters Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA
CrabmeatFrozen cooked crabmeat and frozen cooked prawn meat All countries/regions

Fruit & Vegetable Items

Each person is allowed a small, reasonable quantity (i.e. hand-carried size) of fruit and vegetable products for personal consumption.

Product Approved Sources
Fresh Fruits and VegetablesFresh fruit and vegetables All countries/regions.


Egg Items

Each person is allowed a maximum of 30 eggs.

Product Approved Sources
Fresh EggsHen 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.

Product Approved Sources
Processed FoodProcessed Food

Products, i.e. all food products
  • meat
  • seafood
  • fresh fruits
  • vegetables
All countries/regions


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 Commercial Food 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.