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    Singapore has often been ranked as the most expensive city globally in terms of worldwide cost of living. Singapore's official currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD), one of the youngest yet more stable currencies than others in the financial market.

    Whether you are traveling to Singapore from India for vacation or work, carrying cash in the form of currency notes or traveler's cheques and other monetary instruments seems a responsible thought. Foreign currencies, personal cheques, and traveler's cheques can exchange at licensed money changers and in most Singapore banks. Many prefer to exchange currency at authorized moneychangers due to their competitive exchange rates as compared to banks. Further, banks charge a flat fee per transaction, something that travelers might want to avoid. Major credit cards are accepted, and ATMs are readily available. 

    However, before arriving in Singapore, it is essential to understand customs rules regarding bringing in cash from India to Singapore. Without such knowledge, a traveler might end up paying the penalty or facing imprisonment by authorities in Singapore. 

    How Much Indian Currency can I Carry to Singapore?

    Indian residents traveling to Singapore can carry up to INR 25,000 in Indian currency notes. On foreign currency, including Singapore Dollars, there is no cash limit, provided it has been obtained from authorized money exchange, and the traveler has receipt of the transaction. However, carrying amounts worth USD 5,000 or more or foreign exchange in the form of traveler's cheques or bank notes worth USD 10,000 or more must be declared through Customs Declaration Form (CDF) while leaving India. 

    Carrying Cash and Investing in Travel Insurance While Visiting Singapore

    Though carrying cash while traveling to Singapore might be a good idea, this cannot guarantee security in any unforeseen medical or non-medical emergencies. A medical emergency can be costly in Singapore if it involves out-of-pocket expenses. Non-medical emergencies such as trip cancellation or loss of baggage/ passport can also prove expensive, and the carry-along cash would not be enough under these circumstances. Hence, as a responsible traveler, it is wise to invest in travel insurance that takes care of such unexpected events.  Care Travel Insurance for Singapore offers comprehensive coverage, including medical and non-medical support, with a flexible policy duration up to a maximum of 365 days. So, while you keep yourself updated about currency import regulations in Singapore, buy travel insurance that takes care of any miscellaneous expenses.

    Currency Import Regulations in Singapore

    Check below some significant currency import regulations in Singapore:

    • According to Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, a Singapore government agency website, traveling with Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments (CBNI) such as coins, printed money, bill of exchange, traveler's cheque, promissory note, bearer bond, money order, or postal order worth SGD20,000 (Singapore Dollar) or more need to be declared on arrival in the country.
    • Travelers from India or any other nation in possession of such an amount need to fill up the Physical Currency & Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveler) or NP727 form and submit it at the Singapore Customs.
    • Travelers need to take the Red Channel while carrying cash above the prescribed amount. The currency declaration forms are available at all customs checkpoints and police establishments in Singapore. 
    • Since November 2007, the Government of Singapore has taken stringent measures to disclose the movements of CBNI inside and outside of the country to detect, investigate, and prosecute offenders involved in financing drug trafficking, terrorist activities, and other crimes through money laundering.
    • The currency import/ export regulations are consistent with International Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism Standards as set by the Financial Action Task Force. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an intergovernmental organization started in 1989 by the G7 countries to combat money laundering. Singapore is a member of FATF. 
    • It is important to note that the regulations on currency movement in and out of Singapore are not currency control measures.  For filing a cash movement report, no restriction is there on the type and amount of cash being moved in or out of the country.
    • Moving CBNI worth SGD20,000 or more through cargo, post, or any other means, also need to be declared through the Physical Currency & Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Sender, Carrier, or Recipient) or NP728 form.

    Failure to Declare Cash Movement Worth SGD20,000 or More in Singapore

    If a traveller from India to Singapore fails to provide an accurate and detailed report of CBNI worth SGD20,000 or more in possession, he or she might be fined with an amount not exceeding SGD50,000 or imprisoned for a maximum period of 3 years or both. Further, the cash might be also seized if the traveller fails to provide details. The Commercial Affairs Department of Singapore Police Force investigates and prosecutes offenders involved in cash movement above the prescribed amount. 

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