Thai Man Stopped At Changi Airport With Over S$20,000 Cash, Wasn’t Aware He Needed To Declare

Thai Man Detained At Changi Airport For Failing To Declare More Than S$20,000 In Cash

Pranking your friends can sometimes give them an enjoyable memory to last a lifetime. But when planning pranks, we may get into trouble with the authorities if we aren’t careful enough.

A Thai tourist recently had such an experience when he brought more than S$20,000 cash into Singapore.


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He wanted to prank his friends with the money, but immigration officers detained him at Changi Airport.

Fortunately, the officers released him soon after, and he could continue his trip.

Thai man detained for bringing S$20K into Changi Airport

Posting to TikTok on 10 Sep, Sungstarwin, aka @iamsungstarwin, explained the details of his ordeal.

Source: @iamsungstarwin on TikTok

Travelling with five other friends, he offered to convert Thai baht to Singapore dollars for them.

He ended up with S$23,253.92 (610,000 baht) in total, so he planned to prank his friends by withholding the money and charging them a higher exchange rate.

Source: @iamsungstarwin on TikTok

However, things took an unexpected turn when Sungstarwin was detained at Changi Airport.

Source: @iamsungstarwin on TikTok

He failed to declare the amount of cash he was holding. As a result, immigration officers questioned him before eventually leading him away to a separate area.

Source: @iamsungstarwin on TikTok

They released him soon after, and the group of friends carried on with their journey.

Statutory requirement to declare cash exceeding S$20,000 brought into/out of Singapore

The video has since gone viral, with many of Sungstarwin’s followers similarly unaware of the need to declare cash brought into Singapore.

However, it is a prevailing rule that travellers entering or leaving Singapore must adhere to.

Singapore has a statutory requirement to declare the physical movement of any cash exceeding S$20,000 (or its equivalent in foreign currency) into or out of Singapore.

Those who fail to do so risk getting into trouble with the law.

According to the official Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website, you can make the declaration via the Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller) form.

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