Take note travellers! With the new GST relief change in place, there’ll be less amount of alcohol you’re allowed to buy and expect to pay GST at lower purchases when shopping at Changi Airport.
The new GST relief change has already taken place from midnight yesterday (18 February). Travellers who spend less than 48 hours outside Singapore will have to pay GST on any purchase more than SGD100 (current allowance is SGD150). Those who spend more than 48 hours out of Singapore will have to pay GST for purchase above SGD500, a lower cap from the previous SGD600.
You can’t buy 3-litres of duty-free alcohol anymore
Meanwhile, duty-free alcohol purchase cap has been lowered to a maximum of two-litres, a down from the current three-litres you can purchase. Out of the alcohol purchase, only one-litre can be spirits – no change from the current allowance. This new change will start on 1 April.
Along with announcing these new changes in his Budget speech, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat explains that the change hopes to ensure resilience of Singapore’s tax system.
So if you’re travelling before this date, you might want to stock up on those liquors! iShopChangi is currently having a 10% sale off all wines and spirits, capped at SGD50 per order. Here are some of our recommendations:
1. Hennessy X.O Bundle
Get two one-litre bottles of this classic traditional X.O in a bundle promotion and discounted price (double kill!). Get it here.
2. Benedictine Dom CNY Bundle
Flavoured with twenty-seven plants, Benedictine Dom offers a unique taste that you might be looking for. Get two bottles of one-litre liquor in a special CNY bundle. (ps. you’ll still have allowance for some beers and wines after this purchase) Get it here.
3. Royal Salute Limited Edition Value Pack
The blended Scotch Whisky is now selling in a stunning, limited edition CNY packaging. The value pack comes with a one-litre bottle and another 0.05 litre-sized one. Get it here.