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Prohibited and Controlled Goods

Prohibited items are not allowed to be imported into Singapore. These include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products (for example, electronic cigarettes)
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Obscene articles, publications, videotapes, videodiscs and software
  • Reproductions of copyright publications, videotapes, videodiscs and laser discs, records and cassettes
  • Seditious and treasonable materials.

Controlled goods are items that require an import permit or authorisation from the relevant competent authority for importation into Singapore.

For more information on items such as food and personal medication, please visit our web page on Prohibited Goods and Controlled Goods for the relevant competent authority.


Transfer of Remains for Cremation or Burial to Singapore

If death had occurred overseas, it should be registered with the relevant foreign authorities where the death occurred.

You will require a permit from the National Environment Agency to transfer human remains from overseas to Singapore for cremation or burial.

If the deceased was a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident, the deceased’s next of kin will then need to report the death to the Registry of Births and Deaths in Singapore. A proxy can also report the death with a letter of authorisation from the deceased’s family.