Safety and security
- 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.
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:
Local laws and customs
- 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
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
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