Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024
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TL;DR – A list of prohibited and controlled items you cannot bring back from Malaysia, 2022 edition.

Now that the border restrictions are relaxed, are you planning to head across the causeway for the long-awaited grocery run?

Here’s a guide to tell you how much you can lug back from Malaysia!

#1 Fruits and Vegetables

fruits and vegetables prohibited Malaysia

When they say the grass on the other side is always greener, it somehow translates to how we always seem to think the produce in Malaysia is fresher. That might be true, but try not to bring cartons back because only a hand-carried-sized worth is allowed!

#2 Eggs

eggs malaysia

Restrictions are tight on eggs, so nope, no eggs at all from that grocery run in Johor Bahru (JB).

In fact, if you were travelling into Singapore, only eggs directly from Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden are allowed.

Why is everyone rushing to put a discount on EGGS?!

#3 Seafood

seafood malaysia

Even though Singapore imports warmwater fish and seafood from Malaysia, however, each person is only allowed a maximum of 5kg of seafood products, out of which a maximum of only 2 kg of frozen cooked crabmeat and frozen cooked prawn meat is allowed.

In other words, the import of raw seafood to Singapore is prohibited, for food safety reasons.

Oysters (live or frozen) are a no-no as well, as Malaysia is not an approved source country.

Perhaps you can ask the zichar aunty to freeze your leftovers?

#4 Meat

Attention all KFC-lovers, Singapore restricts not just raw meats from Malaysia but also cooked meats. So, don’t be like this lady who had to finish her meal before the customs officer!

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#5 Milk Powder

There hasn’t been much formal guidance around this, but rumor has it that the Malaysian custom stops travellers from crossing the borders with their hordes of milk powder tins.

Want to be safe? Go ahead and stock up on diapers instead!

#6 Processed food

canned food

Thinking of stocking up on canned food? According to the SFA regulations, each person can only bring in a maximum of 5kg or 5 litres of processed food products. The total value of these products cannot exceed S$100 per person.

Did we miss out on anything? Let us know in the comments below!

By Joey Wee

I am nice, most of the time!