Fire and rescue services
Call 995 or go to the hospital.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Singapore.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Singapore.
Full travel advice: Safety
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Full travel advice: Local laws
Full travel advice: Travel
Demonstrations and protests
Unauthorised public demonstrations are illegal.
You need a police permit for the following:
Public demonstrations are only allowed at Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park. Non-permanent residents need a permit to join any activities at Speakers' Corner. Penalties can be severe.
Violent crime against tourists is rare.
Pickpocketing and street theft happens at the airport, tourist destinations, hotels and on public transport.
Watch your belongings, especially in tourist areas and on public transport.
Scams and fraud
Impersonation scams happen.
Scammers are using automated voice calls or text messages or impersonating local government officials (e.g. from the Ministry of Health (MOH) or Immigration & Checkpoints Authority) or bank and telco staff. Calls ask for personal details and often use scare tactics (such as claiming you have committed an offence or have account issues). You should hang up immediately if the caller cannot identify themselves properly. Always verify the information or request through official websites or call the company/department hotline before offering any personal information. Delete text messages quickly.
Property rental scams happen.
Con artists pretend to be landlords on property websites and offer fake rental properties.
Get details of a rental property, including the owner, from the following:
To protect yourself from property scams:
Be wary of dishonest retailers of mobile phones, electrical goods and cameras.
If you're affected, lodge a complaint through the Scam Alert website.
If you live in Singapore, go to the Consumers Association of Singapore.
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Terrorist attacks could happen in Singapore. Attacks could be random and may affect places that Westerners frequent.
Singapore has enhanced security measures, including:
Ministers have issued public warnings about the seriousness of the terrorist threat.
To prevent and deal with the threat of terrorism or other major emergency/incident download the SG Secure app.
Possible terrorist targets include businesses and public areas popular with travellers.
To stay safe:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
The monsoon seasons are from December to March and June to September. Strong winds and heavy rain happen.
If there's a natural disaster:
Earthquakes in other countries in the region can affect Singapore.
Singapore is a major flight hub. Natural disasters in other parts of the world may affect flights. These include volcanic ash plumes.
Contact your airline or travel agent for flight updates.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may find yourself paying thousands of dollars for medical treatment.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of someone you know, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Singapore. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Strict rules control substances in personal medication. Check the Singapore Health Sciences Authority for a list of controlled substances. It also explains how to apply for approval at least 10 working days before you arrive.
You don't need pre-approval if you don't leave the airport transit zone.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:
There is some spread of Zika virus. There's no vaccination for it.
If you're pregnant:
Outbreaks of other insect-borne illnesses can happen. These include:
Risk of insect-borne illnesses increases during the wetter months. This is from November to March and from July to September. Follow the National Environment Agency's advice for the prevention and identification of dengue infection. Dengue fever is endemic in Singapore. The number of reported cases remains high.
Areas are regularly 'fogged' to stop the spread of insect-borne illnesses. The 'fog' includes toxic chemicals. Don't travel to areas straight after fogging.
To protect yourself against illness:
Smoke haze happens from June to October.
Check for haze and any health warnings the Singapore Government issues. Get medical advice if needed.
Singapore's National Environment Agency gives updates when smoke haze happens. It also has information about public health issues.
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is common. Serious outbreaks sometimes happen.
Outbreaks usually start in March or April and peak in May, but can continue until October.
HFMD mostly affects children aged under 10 years. However, it's not uncommon in adults, especially young adults.
HFMD is spread by direct contact with discharges of infected people.
To stay safe:
The standard of medical facilities and care is similar to or higher than Australia.
The cost of medical services is much higher.
Many places will want up-front payment or confirmed payment from your insurer before they provide treatment.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
If you're arrested, authorities may detain you while police investigate. You may be detained for up to 48 hours. During this period, you won't be allowed to speak with anyone, not even a lawyer.
Police confiscate your passport if you're under investigation. There is no set timeline for investigations, and can take several months. You won't be allowed to leave Singapore. You can't get a replacement passport until legal matters are settled. You must be able to support yourself financially during this time.
It's illegal to have drugs in your system. This includes traces being found in blood and urine tests.
While some destinations may have legalised drug use, you can be charged for consuming drugs even if you took them outside Singapore.
Severe penalties for drug offences include the death sentence and caning.
Serious crimes, such as murder, abduction and weapons offences, can attract the death penalty.
Corporal punishment includes caning. This is a penalty for crimes including:
Singapore has strict laws for 'outrage of modesty' cases. You should avoid any action that could be interpreted as molestation. This includes:
Penalties include jail, fines, and caning.
Drunk and disorderly conduct in public is an offence.
You could be arrested for:
Penalties include jail, fines, and caning.
Singapore has strict laws and penalties for things that are legal or are minor offences in Australia.
Penalties are severe for crimes that affect social, racial or ethnic harmony. These include racial insults and promoting ill-will and hostility between different races or classes.
If you want to speak publicly on racial, communal, religious or political topics, you must apply for a Miscellaneous Work Pass from the Ministry of Manpower.
Serious penalties, including detention or jail, apply for these illegal activities:
Liquor control zones include specified areas in Geylang and Little India. Additional restrictions apply on weekends and public holidays.
Material that is legal in Australia may be illegal in Singapore. Serious penalties apply, including detention or jail, for bringing:
Serious penalties, including detention or imprisonment, apply for these illegal activities:
Same-sex acts are no longer illegal. You should be aware there are local sensitivities, and behaviour standards are conservative. Public displays of affection may offend.
If you're working in Singapore, your work pass may be cancelled if you break the law.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Behaviour standards are conservative.
Public displays of affection may offend.
Take care not to offend. If in doubt, seek local advice.
Singapore doesn't recognise dual nationality for people aged over 21 years.
Male citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 16 and 50 must do 2 years of national service. They must also do further training after completing national service.
If you're a dual citizen or want permanent residency, know the national service requirements before deciding to travel to, transit or live in Singapore. Failure to complete national service may result in penalties, including custodial sentences.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Foreign short-term visitors holding passports or travel documents issued by a visa-required country must apply for an entry visa.
For work or study, you'll need to apply for a visa before you travel. Check work visa information with the Ministry of Manpower.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Singapore for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
At immigration, you may have to show:
On arrival in Singapore, you'll need to show:
More information is available on the ICA | Entering, Transiting and Departing website.
Singapore is open to all transit travellers. See the Changi Airport’s website for more information on transiting.
Check flight schedules directly with your airline. Confirm your arrangements with your airline or travel agent before travelling.
Expect to be screened during your transit in Singapore. You may be screened when boarding your flight to Singapore and before boarding your connecting flight. See Changi Airport website for further information on transit requirements.
At the airport check-in counter, you may need to show the credit or debit card used to buy your ticket. If you don't, airline officials may not let you board. Contact your airline for details.
You need to scan your thumbprints each time you arrive and depart Singapore. Children aged younger than 6 years don't need to.
If you register your thumbprints on BioScreen at the immigration counter on arrival, you can use the self-clearance system for departure.
If you're carrying medication that's controlled in Singapore, you'll need an import permit to show on arrival. (See 'Health')
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The official currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD).
You can easily exchange Australian dollars for SGD in Singapore.
You must declare amounts over SGD20,000 or the same amount in foreign currency on arrival. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
ATMs are available across the country. Hotels, restaurants and shops accept international credit cards.
To drive, you must be at least 18 years old and have an Australian driver's licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP).
If you stay longer than 12 months, you'll need a Singaporean licence.
If you're a permanent resident, get a Singaporean licence within 3 months of getting residency.
Road conditions and driving practices are similar to those found in Australian capital cities.
Check if your travel insurance policy covers you when riding a motorbike.
Always wear a helmet.
Safe, metered taxis are available from official taxi ranks.
Rideshare services are legal and widely used.
Singapore's efficient rail network Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) runs throughout the island between 5:30am and midnight.
There's also a large network of public and private bus services.
Piracy occurs in the coastal areas around Singapore.
If you're travelling by boat, take safety precautions.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Singapore's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 995 or go to the hospital.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
For consular assistance, contact the Australian High Commission in Singapore.
25 Napier Road
Phone: (+65) 6836 4100
Fax: (+65) 6737 7465
Facebook: Australian in Singapore
Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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