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Singapore Legislation

Singapore is also known as a 'fine' city, due to its strict legislation. Hereby a summary of the most common and relevant rules and regulations you have to bear in mind once entering and residing in Singapore;

All of the following items are prohibited of bringing into Singapore:

• Liquors and cigarettes marked with the words "SINGAPORE DUTY NOT PAID" on the labels, cartons or packets
• Cigarettes with the prefix "E" printed on the packets
• Chewing gum
• Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products
• Cigarette lighters of pistol or revolver shape
• Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
• Endangered species of wildlife and their by-products
• Firecrackers
• Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software
• Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
• Seditious and treasonable materials


Rules to take care of in Singapore itself

There are numerous rules in Singapore which you have to be aware of. Here will be listed the most relevant:

• Do not just cross a street in Singapore, use the dedicated pedestrians path walks. Being caught crossing the street somewhere where it is not allowed will cost you S$500.
• If you are leaving Singapore by car, your tank has to be at least ¾ full. This rule only applies for Singapore cars.
• Bringing in or having chewing gum is entirely forbidden in Singapore. It was banned to cut the high costs of keeping the city clean. A few times chewing gum was stuck between the doors of the MRT train and resulted in the fact that the trains we not able to run any longer. This resulted in an entire ban of chewing gum.
• Littering is another 'fine' offence to the city of Singapore. Fines are set at S$500, but can rise up to S$1,000 for the first time you get caught. Being caught a second time could cause you S$2,000 and a Corrective Work Order.
• Smoking is not allowed in public buses, taxis, lifts, theatres, cinemas, government offices, air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centers. Being caught for the first time will face a maximum fine of S$1,000. Smoking is only allowed in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.
• Once again: DO NOT IN ANY WAY GET INVOLVED WITH ANY DRUGS. Being caught with the smallest amount of drugs will face death penalty.

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