Duty Free Liquor

by Sharon
(Singapore)

I know this sounds funny, but I want to prove my father wrong.

If my friend bought a bottle of 1L Bacardi from the DFS in Changi Airport, can she give it to me out in the public? Is it an offense? My dad told me his friend was fined once because another friend gave him a bottle of duty free liquor in the public.

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Duty Free Liquor

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Jan 23, 2009
I Can See the Humour!
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Sharon

I can see the humour in your question ;-)

If the bottle of Bacardi rum is bought legally, it should be alright to present it to anyone as a gift. We are also assuming that the recipient is of legal age if she/he decides to drink it.

This is my guess why your dad's friend got 'fined':

He was already carrying a certain amount of duty-free liquor. So when the extra litre was given to him, he was carrying more than 1 litre of liquor when he was clearing customs.

As each passenger is only allowed to bring in 1 litre of liquor duty-free (in addition to 1 litre of wine and 1 litre of beer), he has exceeded the duty-free limit. Hence the fine.

I wonder if this makes sense?

May 28, 2009
Sorry but...
by: Eva

Your dad is right.

There's a notice at the airport's DFS saying that the liquor will be for personal consumption only. It's not allowed to be sold or given as a gift to anyone. You'll be fined if you're caught.

Jan 03, 2010
Alcoholic Beverages in Luggage
by: Anonymous

Dear Sir,

I've been asked to bring in 750 mL X 2 of Rum and Ice Wine. They are not duty free items but will be packed into my suitcase. WHat are Singapore's regulations with respect to this? Thank you kindly.

Jan 05, 2010
Alcohol in Luggage? Depends...
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi there

1. Alcoholic beverages in checked in luggage:

After you have arrived at Singapore Airport and collected your luggage, you'll have to pass through a customs check. If your alcohol amount is less than the duty-free allowance, you may take them in - assuming you were not in Singapore in the previous 48 hours and are not arriving from Malaysia.


2. Alcoholic beverages in cabin luggage:

The security personnel will not allow you to carry your alcoholic beverages into the plane's cabin.

Please note that I sharing this information to the best that I know, in an unofficial capacity. I cannot guarantee that following this information will get your alcohol through Singapore customs. You need to contact the official Singapore customs channels to verify your ability to take alcohol through Singapore Airport.

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