Prohibited and Controlled Goods

Prohibited Goods

Prohibited goods are not allowed to be brought into Singapore.

The list of prohibited goods includes (but not limited to):

  • Chewing gum (except approved oral dental and medicated gum by the Health Sciences Authority)
  • Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products (for example, electronic cigarettes)
  • Shisha
  • Smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes
  • Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine
  • Any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used topically for application, by implant or injected into any parts of the body
  • 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 (with effect from 1 August 2016)
  • Oral snuff (with effect from 1 August 2016)
  • Gutkha, khaini and zarda (with effect from 1 August 2016)
  • Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
  • Firecrackers
  • Obscene articles, publications and video tapes/discs
  • Reproduction of copyright publications, software, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
  • Seditious and treasonable materials

It is an offence to attempt to bring prohibited goods into Singapore.

Controlled Goods

Controlled goods require an import permit or authorisation form from the relevant competent authority to be brought into Singapore.

Please present the controlled goods and the import permit or authorisation form to the checking officer at the Red Channel on your arrival.

You may refer to the table below for the list of controlled goods and information of the relevant competent authorities.

Competent Authority Controlled Goods

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore
52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01
JEM Office Tower
Singapore 608550

Tel: 6805 2992

  • Animals, birds and their by-products
  • Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
  • Meat and meat products
  • Fish and seafood products
  • Fruits and vegetables

Singapore Police Force
Licensing Division
391 New Bridge Road, #02-701
Police Cantonment Complex Block D
Singapore 088762

Tel: 6835 0000

  • Arms and explosives
  • Bullet-proof clothing
  • Toy guns, pistols and revolvers
  • Weapons, kris, spears and swords

Media Development Authority
3 Fusionopolis Way, #14-22
Singapore 138633

Tel: 1800 478 5478

  • Films, video and video games
  • Publications and audio records

Health Sciences Authority
Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG)
11 Biopolis Way, #11-01
Singapore 138667

Tel: 6866 3400

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medicines #
  • Poisons

# Note: If you need to bring in medicines for your physical well-being while travelling, you must possess a physician's prescription certifying these medicines. For more information, please contact the Health Sciences Authority.

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
10 Pasir Panjang Road, #10-01
Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117438

Tel: 6211 0888

  • Telecommunication and Radio Communication Equipment
  • Toy walkie-talkies
National Environment Agency
Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department (RPNSD)
40 Scotts Road
Environment Building
3rd Storey, Annex Block, Singapore 228231

Tel: 6731 9549
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Ionising Radiation 
  • Irradiating Apparatus 
    (e.g. all types of X-ray apparatus)
  • Non-Ionising Radiation Irradiating Apparatus
    (e.g. laser apparatus, laser pointer, ultrasound apparatus, microwave oven, UV sunlamp, MRI)