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Singapore Travel Advice

Travel Summary
  • You should not become involved with drugs of any kind: possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty.
  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
  • The offences of “outrage of modesty” (molestation) can result in a fine, jail or corporal punishment (the rattan cane). Travellers are advised to avoid any action that could be interpreted as molestation. Scams involving false claims of molest are thought to exist.
  • There is a risk from Dengue fever in Singapore. You should take normal precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes. See the Health section.
  • Around 450,000 British tourists visit Singapore every year (Source: Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority). Most visits to Singapore are trouble-free. 89 British nationals required consular assistance in Singapore in the period 01 April 2009 – 31 March 2010 for the following types of incident: deaths (10 cases); hospitalisations (18 cases); and arrests, for a variety of offences (21 cases). During this period assistance was also requested with regard to lost or stolen passports (127 cases).
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General - Insurance
  • You should ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months after the conclusion of any trip to Singapore and other countries within South East Asia.
Safety and security

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. The Singaporean Government has put in place extensive measures to combat terrorism and has arrested a number of terrorist suspects.

You should:
  • take particular care of your passport;
  • leave tickets and unneeded cash/travellers cheques in the hotel safe or at (hosts') home;
  • when going out, avoid carrying valuables with you, and be aware of your surroundings;
  • not leave possessions in unattended vehicles
Local laws and customs

Penalties for visa overstayers include fines, imprisonment and corporal punishment (the rattan cane) and deportation depending on the length of overstay. A wide range of offences such as “outrage of modesty” (inappropriate behaviour by men towards women) carries corporal punishment (the rattan cane). Travellers are advised to avoid any action that could be interpreted as molestation. Scams involving false claims of molest are thought to exist.

The mandatory death penalty exists in Singapore for certain capital offences, including murder and drug trafficking. There are severe penalties for all drug offences in Singapore.

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