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Glimpse of Singaporean Laws
- The most regulated law in Singapore is the ban on chewing gum. It is illegal to possess, chew or sell gum within the country. A first time offense can generate a fine of whooping S$1000 (which roughly equates to INR 45000).
- Singapore is an extremely clean city and if caught littering small items such as receipts, cigarette butts or wrappers (like one from the piece of chewing gum you shouldn’t be chewing), you will incur fine, and amount of fine depends on the quantum of littering.
- Jaywalking attracts fine, this not only includes walking through the middle of a street, but crossing through a pedestrian walkway when the signal is red.
- Smoking is illegal. You can smoke in certain designated areas around the premises of dining facilities and entertainment establishments.
- Bringing in more than one packet of cigarettes that isn’t declared at customs will bring its own stiff fine per pack!
- Spitting in Public and eating in a public bus or MRT could cost you close to S$1000
- Penalties for drug offences in Singapore are severe and include the death penalty.
- Singapore laws on “outrage of modesty” (such as men behaving inappropriately towards women, using inappropriate language and inappropriate touching) are strict. Offenders can be given prison sentences of up to two years, a fine, caning or a combination of punishments.
- The presence of illegal drugs detected in blood and urine tests constitutes an offence. Singapore permanent residents and citizens can be prosecuted for consumption of drugs even if they were consumed outside Singapore.
- Airline passengers, who become intoxicated, behave badly or use offensive language during a flight may be arrested on arrival in Singapore. Similar behavior in transit may also lead to arrest.
- Homosexual acts between men, including kissing, are illegal in Singapore and penalties include imprisonment. There is no specific law against homosexual acts between women; however you should be aware of local sensitivities.
- Shoplifting and theft are considered serious offences in Singapore. Shopping centers, including those at Airports, have sophisticated surveillance equipment to prevent shoplifting.
- The importation of pirated copyright material is prohibited. Offenders may be fined and/or jailed. Printed and recorded material legal in any other country may be considered obscene and prohibited under Singaporean law.
- Cigarette lighters shaped like firearms and firecrackers are illegal. Entering and transiting Singapore with weapons, military souvenirs, replica weapons and ammunition, including empty cartridge shells, is prohibited.
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