I just read about the duty free and GST relief for travelers on the Customs website. For travelers who spent more than 48 hours abroad the GST relief applies to goods brought into the country if their value is $600 or less.
However, this rule apparently does not apply to certain pass holders. According to the following statement on the site:
Holders of a work permit, employment pass, student pass, dependent pass or long-term pass issued by the Singapore Government and crew members are NOT eligible for GST relief.
Is this new, has it always been like that?
This means that EP pass holders would need to declare even small/cheap items at the red channel when going through customs in Changi? Let's say I come back from a 4-day trip from Japan and bought a $30 T-Shirt and some cosmetics for $20. I would need to declare this and pay GST?
Can anyone clarify, maybe I"m just reading this wrong.
The source is here:
http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trav/ ... Relief.htm