inlingua School of Languages

Singapore Laws

Ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law. It is the responsibility of everyone to know the law.

You may have heard about the strict laws that Singapore has. Here are some important information that you may want to take note to stay on the right side of the law:

  • Immigration - All international students studying in Singapore must have a valid passport and a Student Pass from the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoint Authority).
  • Employment - International students are not allowed to work in Singapore without a Work Pass Exemption from the MOM (Ministry of Manpower).
  • Driving - All drivers must be in possession of a valid Singapore driving license and the vehicle must be insured.
  • Drugs - Drug abuse is viewed seriously in Singapore. Illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is strictly prohibited. Offenders will be sentenced to a long jail term or even death if caught possessing more than 15g of heroin.
  • Alcohol Abuse - Any offense committed while being intoxicated (drunk) is punishable under the law. Drunk driving is a serious offence.
  • Liquor Control Act - Drinking alcohol is banned in all public places from 10.30pm to 7am. Retail shops (such as convenience stores) are also not allowed to sell alcohol at this time. Public places include HDB void decks, parks, and beaches.
  • Smoking - Smoking in specific public places and indoor restaurants is prohibited. Smoking is prohibited in all public indoor places and most public outdoor places, unless otherwise mentioned. Smoking is also not permitted at all nightspots unless within approved smoking zones. Offenders can be fined up to SDG$1,000.00. In addition, smokers who dispose of their cigarette butts indiscriminately will be fined SGD $200.00.
  • Traffic - Jay walking is an offence.
  • Littering - Littering, spitting and vandalism (with graffiti) in public areas are serious offences.
  • Chewing Gum - Chewing gum is not allowed to be brought into Singapore or to be consumed, except for gum that serves a medical purpose, e.g. dental-health gums and nicotine gum. Offenders can be fined from SGD$500- SGD$1,000.