SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs, particularly in the following locations:

  • airports
  • hotels
  • public transportation facilities
  • areas frequented by tourists

Ensure that your personal belongings, including passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Crimes, including passport theft, should be reported to the local police and the High Commission of Canada in Singapore.

FRAUD

Scams involving property rental occur. The scams include online advertising of properties that are not available for rent or that do not exist. You should only book your rental through a reputable service and, preferably, visit the potential rental and meet the landlord before agreeing to pay any money.

Only shop at reputable establishments where prices are listed. Research prices before buying goods because some retailers charge foreigners exorbitant prices.

Learn more about overseas fraud.

Information about known local scams – Singapore’s National Crime Prevention Council  

TERRORISM

There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time, and targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

The Singaporean security agencies are on high vigilance. The Ministry of Home Affairs considers the terrorism threat to be multifaceted and serious. Expect enhanced security measures and border checks.

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

ROAD SAFETY

Road conditions and road safety are very good throughout the country. Frequent downpours may pose a road hazard.

Cars do not usually yield to pedestrians. Exercise caution when walking on or crossing streets.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation is widely available and safe.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

PIRACY

Pirate attacks and armed robberies occur against ships in and around:

  • Singapore
  • in the Strait of Malacca
  • between Indonesia’s Riau Islands and Singapore

Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

 More information about piracy – International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre