Visitors to Singapore and returning residents arriving at Changi Airport can now save time with an innovative new service launched by Singapore Customs in April 2009 for the payment of duties and taxes.
On arrival in Singapore, travellers are required to declare and pay duties and Goods and Services Tax (GST) on cigarettes and tobacco, liquor in excess of their duty-free concession, as well as GST on imported goods such as new articles, souvenirs, gifts and food items exceeding their GST relief entitlement.
The introduction of a self-service Tax Payment Kiosk at all airport terminals provides travellers with an additional avenue to fulfill their Customs duties and GST obligations. Travellers can now enjoy the added convenience of making a self-declaration on their purchases through the kiosk and paying the required duty and GST electronically without having to queue at the Customs Tax Office to do so.
The self-declaration service and e-payment mechanism is a user-friendly and secure facility. Travellers need only key in the relevant information on their purchases and the system will automatically calculate the duties and GST due after deducting their GST relief entitlement. The touch of a button will reveal a summary of the taxes due.
Payment can be made via VISA, MasterCard or Nets. Travellers are advised to retain the receipt issued by the kiosk for checks by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers when they exit the arrival lounge.
Source: Singapore Customs