Visiting Singapore: Know the laws and norms


Singapore is known for their cleanliness and law abiding citizens. While visiting with mostly Indians the guide said visiting Singapore will teach them to stand in line.

No fart in car!

While I am not sure if that will entirely work, there are plenty of laws and norms to be aware of when visiting Singapore.

So while it may not be against the law to far in a cab, it is against the law to chew gum in Singapore. It carries $1000 fine. You can chew medically prescribed gum though.

Next up there is a lovely but smelly fruit call durian. It is banned in public places. The fine is steep too!


Additional laws prohibit:

– jaywalking (use the zebra crossing!) Jaywalkers can be fined $20 on the spot. They can also be charged and fined up to $1,000, or jailed up to three months. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to six months.
– possession of pornography (prison and up to a $5000 fine)
– failure to flush the toilet after use ($150 fine)
– sexual contact between males (can be fined and caned)
– spitting ($500 fine)
– littering ($1000 fine)
– feeding ducks ($1000 fine)
– connecting to an insecure wireless network is considered hacking (up to a $10,000 fine)

Drig trafficking actually carries the death penalty.  Caning is actually still used.

So walking nude in your home is illegal if someone sees you. It is also illegal to hug without permission. You also cannot gather more than 3 people after 10 pm without permission.

With all these threats of punishment, Singapore is actually quite safe. We let our kids sit on the patio while we got our food from the buffet without worry.

Singapore, a fine city.

So if you’re flying into SINGAPORE and use gum to relieve ear pressure,  I guess hide some for the return flight (and surely don’t chew it during your visit).

If you were in Singapore,  what would your average daily fine be?

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  1. These are harsh penalties for what westerners might consider minor crimes. But the payout is a ver safe city that is a joy to visit

  2. Wow I didn’t know any of these laws in Singapore. It is almost scary. I guess if you travel aboard you really need to be aware of the laws in that country. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Someone actually pulled my husband and told him he couldn’t cross the road “there” – which I thought was hilarious because I was waiting patiently at the spot. Apparently the law is within a certain number of meters of a cross walk, so it isn’t EVERYWHERE, but just that if you can see a designated spot, you have to use it. Which makes sense.

      We used the “law” opportunity to point to someone smoking near a children’s park (tons of them in Singapore, which is awesome!) – my husband just tapped the guy, pointed at the no smoking sign. The guy nodded and left. In India? HA! Would never happen!

  3. Very interesting to read all of these rules. I can’t say I wouldn’t disagree with them though. Sometimes you have to have harsh consequences to stop people from doing things. I wouldn’t mind having larger fines and consequences(Although I don’t see anything wrong with chewing gum there should be a large fine for littering). Maybe we would have cleaner and safer streets. I do love that we have freedom to do a lot of things but I think there needs to be a line somewhere.


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