Entering Singapore with Duty Free Cigarettes from Cruise Ship

by Anne

We are arriving in singapore via a cruise ship. We will go directly from the ship to changi airport for flight home.

What is our position, if we have cigarettes in our case.

Is getting of the ship, and then on to a coach for airport deemed to be "arriving" in singapore.
Many thanks

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Entering Singapore with Duty Free Cigarettes from Cruise Ship

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Mar 26, 2009
Cigarettes to be Declared
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Anne

If you get off the ship, and want to head straight to the airport, you'll still need to clear customs and enter Singapore.

I believe the Singapore Customs requires you to declare your cigarettes and pay the duties and taxes.

To do this, you'll need to join the red lane at customs (things-to-declare lane), declare your cigarettes and pay duties and taxes.


The official Singapore Customs website has a FAQ page on declaring cigarettes, paying duties/taxes and keeping the receipts for verification purposes by customs officers.

As I'm not an spokesperson of the Singapore Customs, please consult the official Singapore Customs website for verification.


If all these is just too much of a hassle, finish your cigarettes during your cruise. Or give them to a cute member of the crew. All before you arrive in Singapore.

When you are departing from Singapore Airport, you can buy duty-free cigarettes and take them onto the plane.

Ask the helpful people at the duty-free shops. They'll tell you whether your destination airport will let the duty-free cigarettes through. And advise you on the amount you may buy, if it's allowed.

All the best.


This post updated 10.30pm, 26 March 2009, Singapore Time.

Mar 26, 2009
Amendment to My Earlier Post
by: Gabriel Tan

I have updated my post above following some clarification by another poster, Mr Lee Kwok Loong.

I'd like to thank him for the insightful remarks, which has helped keep this thread correct and helpful.

I've removed his post, in addition to making all the necessary alterations above, in order to prevent any confusion to our readers.

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