Where Is it Illegal to Import Poppy Seeds?
This list is by no means comprehensive as regulations may vary over time.
- I would like to know if I am allowed to bring poppy seeds into Singapore for my baking business.
Poppy seeds are classified as prohibited goods by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Any company or person who wishes to import them or any foodstuff that contain the substance (regardless of the amount or purpose) must submit the Inward Declaration Form which can also be downloaded from http://www.cnb.gov.sg/Libraries/CNB_MediaLibrary_Files/Declaration_Form.sflb.ashx together with a certificate from the exporting country or the country of origin of the poppy seeds.
Besides the narcotics listed, all other recreational drugs including cocaine, heroin, cannabis and opiates and its derivatives are banned. Be careful of carrying in poppy seeds which are banned, so avoid accidentally carrying bakery products that might contain such seeds. Also banned is qat leaf, betel leaf or nuts, niswar, gutkha, which while admissible in some countries is not permitted in the UAE.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. This was sadly illustrated to two Indian pilgrims from Gujarat. In their luggage they had 250 grams of poppy seeds (khaskhas) which resulted in their being arrested. Neither knew that the substance was banned in Saudi Arabia and both said that they had brought it for use in cooking while they were here.
PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED ARTICLES
Articles listed below cannot be imported:
- Opium, poppy seeds, cannabis and cocaine seeds, or narcotics drugs which are listed in the “Law for the Control of Narcotics” and their derivatives and products.