What travellers arriving in Singapore can bring in

ST, 12 Jul 2014
AVA launches mobile app with information on what travellers arriving in Singapore can bring in

To provide travellers with a handy guide on the dos and don’ts of what is allowed, the AVA launched a mobile application called SGTravelKaki in April. It is available for iPhone and Android devices. The SGTravelKaki app covers rules on animals, drugs and medicine, dutiable goods, food, and pet food.

Under Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) rules, travellers into Singapore can bring back fresh fruit and vegetables from all countries, so long as they are in “small, reasonable quantities” and are “hand carried for personal consumption”.

However, a “phytosanitary certificate”, which is basically a health certificate for agricultural products, is needed if the fresh fruit and vegetables are from the American Tropics, which includes countries like Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Such certificates can be obtained from a food and agriculture authority in the country the fruit was bought, and you must have it with you when you return to Singapore.

Under AVA rules, all forms of poultry, including cooked or processed food containing poultry, can be brought in from only 13 countries including Australia, the United States and New Zealand. There’s also a 5kg limit. Hong Kong is not on the list.

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