Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 8 February 2019, 10:20 NZDT
  • Still current at: 29 February 2020

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Singapore due to the underlying threat of terrorism.

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Terrorism is a threat in Singapore. The Singaporean Government has put in place enhanced security measures to combat terrorism, including strong border controls and police surveillance. New Zealanders in Singapore should monitor any developments that may affect their safety, remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities. 

Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing can occur in Singapore, for example in tourist areas and on public transport. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings.

Air pollution
Smoke haze from fires in neighbouring countries periodically causes high pollution readings in Singapore. Some of the most common health effects include irritation of eyes, throat and lungs. For people with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma or bronchitis, breathing in particle pollution can make these conditions worse. For more information on pollution readings in Singapore refer to Singapore's National Environment Agency.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling to Singapore should ensure that they have at least six months’ validity on their passports, which is a requirement for entry.

It is recommended that New Zealanders travelling to Singapore familiarise themselves with local laws and customs. There are serious penalties for some acts that may not be illegal or inappropriate in New Zealand.

New Zealanders are urged to take note of Singapore’s strict, and stringently enforced, laws against the possession, use or sale of illegal substances.

Offences related to drunk or disorderly conduct, including inappropriate behaviour under Singapore’s ‘Outrage of Modesty’ law, can also result in strict penalties. Passports must be presented if asked for by local authorities. Photography of certain government buildings and military installations is prohibited.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Singapore should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in Singapore are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Singapore, Singapore

Street Address 1 George Street, Level 21-04, Singapore 049145 Telephone +65 6235 9966 Fax +65 6536 8180 Email Web Site Hours Reception/Consular hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300hrs. Office hours Mon - Fri 0830-1700

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New Zealand High Commission Singapore

Street Address
1 George Street, Level 21-04, Singapore 049145

Telephone: +65 6235 9966

Fax: +65 6536 8180



Hours: Reception/Consular hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300hrs. Office hours Mon - Fri 0830-1700

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