Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 25 January 2018, 14:25 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 October 2018

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Singapore due to an underlying threat from terrorism.

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Terrorism
Enhanced security measures to combat terrorism, including strong border controls, and police surveillance have been put in place by the Singaporean Government. 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. 

Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Singapore, including 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.

Penalties for drug offences are severe. Offences related to drunk or disorderly conduct 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.

Piracy occurs in coastal waters around Singapore, particularly in the Strait of Malacca. Mariners are advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.

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 Emergency Telephone +65 9631 4842 Fax +65 6536 8180 Email enquiries@nz-high-com.org.sg Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/singapore 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

Emergency Telephone: +65 9631 4842

Fax: +65 6536 8180

Email: enquiries@nz-high-com.org.sg

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/singapore

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

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