Singapore reduces inbound Duty Free allowances

The government of Singapore has announced a reduction in the inbound allowance for duty-free alcohol from three to two litres per person which will take effect on 1st April.

As the cap on spirits remains at one litre, under the new rules returning travellers will be entitled to bring in either two litres of wine, beer or a combination of the two, or a litre of spirits and a litre of either wine or beer.

In addition, the government has cut the Goods and Services Tax (GST) relief on goods purchased overseas from S$600 to S$500 for travellers who spend 48 hours or more outside the country.

Those who spend less than 48 hours outside Singapore will have to pay the 7 per cent GST on all items bought abroad worth above S$100, down from S$150, This change took effect on 20th February.

Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced the changes in his budget statement for the 2019 fiscal year (18 Feb) citing the need for the economy to remain “resilient” amid rising international travel.

GST relief is applicable only to Singapore citizens, permanent residents and tourists, and not to crew members or holders of temporary work and student permits.