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Smoker beware - customs bond gone

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Smoker beware - customs bond gone

Dear fellow smoking traveller,

If you know what the customs bond facility at Changi Airport is then this post might be useful for you.

There has been discussion on TA regarding customs bond services at Changi Airport, i.e. you may avoid paying taxes for dutiable goods such as tobacco and alcohol when "transiting" through Singapore.

This service is no longer offered by customs as of February 1st. Unfortunately this means that if declare you tobacco you will be offered the option to pay taxes or for the items to be destroyed.

The tax for a pack of cigarettes is 7 SGD, cigars are taxed by their weight.

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11. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

What about just get the cigarette when you here?! There are plenty of choices too, you can get it anywhere at convenient shops, or seven eleven.

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12. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

The original poster has another thread where they were dicsussing their cigars, not cigarettes, and fairly specialist ones that had been stored in a particular way - so for the general consumer using normal cigarettes this is irrelevant and they can buy them easily but someone transporting high value/difficult to find products would want to know and in much less likely to be able to obtsin goods handled in the precise way wanted.

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13. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

Mankster,

Just to reiterate - I asked an airport official about customs bonding and was told it was after immigration.

After having visited the wonderful outside area (Schonefeld!) at the airport (e.g. Harry's) I felt so confident about Singapore I went through immigration and headed to customs. This was apparently the big mistake.

Anyway, I hope this thread helps fellow travellers who are packing their own collection!

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14. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

So if I understand this right, you now have to pay a tax on smokes(single packets) when you go thru customs/immigration if entering SNG, but if you stay in transit you are ok? A good idea I suppose is have no packets of smokes when entering SNG and buy later at a shop, or maybe just have 1 smoke to have when you get thru while waiting to get a taxi to hotel after a long flight :-)

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15. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

Yes you have always (well many years) had to pay tax to bring any tobacco into Singapore. This thread is for what people who are only spending a few days in Singapore before flying somewhere else, should do with their duty free cigarettes. It seems the only option is to leave it in left luggage in the transit area and collect when you leave.

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16. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

So this would apply to my husband and I, our first night is in transit at T3 hotel, then 1 month later we return to stay in SNG for 36hrs at a hotel in town. So in T3 we can keep our smokes with us using designated smoking areas in airport airside, but on our return do not bring smokes with us as we will need to pay tax, buy some at seven eleven near hotel or similar.

We will not be buying any Duty Free as we find them almost as cheap in the shops of which ever country we visit in SEA.

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17. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

Its not a case of now suddenly having to pay tobacco duty on entering the country - its been that ways for ages. Singapore has no personal tobacco import allowance, not even a single open packet, everything is dutiable.

Equally you have never been charged for anything that stays airside, without entering the country (ie in transit).

However there used to be a place you could leave such things in customs bond while you entered the country - whether is was tobacco items, alcohol, or simply expensive items above the personal import allowance - so that you didn't have to pay an extra round of duties on a short visit that was not the final destination. No point paying Singapore duty and the duty for your home country as well if bonding it was cheaper - and thats the facility that has gone as of the start of this month. Left luggage is still possible but it depends on the items as to whether you are happy with it.

So yes, you have it right - on the overnight transit this will not affect you, you can keep the cigarettes you have, but when you enter the country for a 36hr stay you either need to have none on you or go through the red channel and declare them and get the duty assessed.

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18. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

I buy cartons of cigs in Bali at about $12USD a carton - cheapest anywhere from what I can see - so I have been advized to leave a small bag at the left luggage service - there is one in each terminal - before immigration - cost is no more than $2.50SGD per day - so a few days next to nothing -

just remember to claim them on the way out

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19. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

HAVE IN mind; you have to leave the package in left luggage lockers AIRSIDE, not landside.

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20. Re: Smoker beware - customs bond gone

if you are in transit and do not clear Customs you have not problems with your nails of death