Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Bring tongkat ali into Singapore

Someone posted a remark that I should check if ICA allows a traveler to bring tongkat ali into Singapore.

I did not believe him, as there are people who like to create imaginary problems.

So, I posted a joke about being asked by ICA if I have any tongkat ali to declare.

I asked Google - am I allowed to bring tongkat ali into Singapore.

Google asked me to read this webpage,
https://www.customs.gov.sg/individuals/going-through-customs/arrival/prohibited-and-controlled-goods

It was not helpful. The website referred to the goods that are not allowed to be "imported". It did not explain what is "imported". If I carry a mobile phone, am I importing the mobile phone?

However, I did not see any mention of tongkat ali being in the list prohibited from being "imported".

I watched this video. It did not mention anything about declaring tongkat ali.

https://www.customs.gov.sg/individuals/going-through-customs/arrival/guide-for-travellers


I finally checked this page which explains about bringing food into Singapore.



The tongkat ali cannot be considered as meat or fish or as fresh fruit and vegetable. So, I guess that it fits into the category of "processed food". I am allowed to bring 1 kg into Singapore.

So, if the imaginary customers officer had asked me "any tongkat ali to declare", my reply would be "yes sir, 100 gm".

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