Safety in Singapore. Tradition
Crime and laws in Singapore
Of course, Singapore is one of the safest (2nd largest in the world after Luxembourg) for its citizens and for foreign tourists, States. In accordance with the international ratings, Singapore is one of the least corrupt countries in the world, which is a credit to the first Prime Minister of the independent state of the Republic of Singapore Lee Kuan yew.
Despite the fact that the overall crime rate is very low even in the most remote corners of the country (city) and the Singapore police force working at the highest level, vigilance is not to lose. Sometimes there are petty theft (mainly handheld), fraud cases, and very rarely, but happen robbery. And these crimes happen most often in places of a congestion of people and especially tourists, not in Singapore "doorways". You can safely walk in any place and at any time of the day did not fear.
Money and documents can leave in the hotel safe. Passport to exploring the city, you don't need, except that it will be useful to have a copy of your passport.
But do not relax, especially spoiled by the permissiveness of the national Russian tourists. The higher security in Singapore, there is another side, which may seem to some to be negative, extremely tough laws including the death penalty. And while with all the law in Singapore is indeed inevitable, and to escape punishment to "negotiate" will not work. This is the first rule of safety.
Locals joke that Singapore is a city (state) penalties and prohibitions. In 2007 alone, anal and oral sex were considered legitimate (before they were outlawed), and homosexual sex is still banned. And penalties in addition to fines and imprisonment successfully applied spanking.
Try to remember the following laws and not violate them from time to time to look around in search of signs (of course it is not only about the car), and there are no problems you will not:
- Forbidden to use chewing gum, spit and blow your nose on the street, consuming food and water in, to bathe in the sea at night to feed stray animals. For these violations relies fine of up to SGD 500. Driving without wearing a seatbelt, crossing the road in the wrong place or at a forbidding signal of the traffic light (even in the absence of transport, night) are also threatening to the same penalty. Even if you forget to flush a public toilet, you face a fine.
- It is forbidden to smoke in the wrong places. The fine will be from 700 to 1000 Singapore dollars. The wrong places – all places where Smoking is not permitted. Places where Smoking is allowed is easy to find these places marked with special signs (sometimes with the time allowed Smoking) or an urn with an ashtray on it. Smoking is also prohibited in bars, discos, night clubs outside of special Smoking areas.
- Any in the country cigarette should have a marking SDPC (Singapore Duty-Paid Cigarettes), which is put at customs, when imported tobacco, upon payment of the appropriate fee (see customs regulations of Singapore). If you of cigarettes without a label, your wallet will lose weight on 500 SGD per pack.
- The penalty for abandoned on a street stub is 500 Singapore dollars, even if you just accidentally missed the box.
- Threats, insults, abuse to companion shall be punishable by a fine of up to 3000 Singapore dollars.
- The use of drugs is punished by long imprisonment, and their import and sale - death penalty without appeal.
In Singapore roads have left-hand traffic. Fines for violations are quite high. Parking is allowed only in designated areas. For driving a car (rental) you need to have an international driver's license and credit card. Rent will cost from 90S to 300S$ per day.
In Singapore, where not even own duodenal water and have to buy it from a neighbor of Malaysia, without fear to drink water from the tap. Do not be afraid to eat at a roadside cafe with trays. Food there is very fresh and safe. Really need to be careful with spicy dishes, unusual for our stomachs.
Medical care here is top notch and of course quite expensive (although much cheaper than the European). We therefore recommend that you arrange insurance before you travel.
Singapore has long been there the vast majority of tropical diseases, with rare exceptions, when there are outbreaks of dengue fever.
There are no compulsory vaccinations or any preventive measures before a trip to Singapore with just one exception: you may require a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever if you arrive from the area where it was pointed out that the epidemic. However, it is recommended, especially if you're travelling with kids, vaccinations against polio, hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid.
Traditions of behavior
In addition to the compulsory rules of conduct and prohibitions imposed by law, you must also adhere to traditional rules of conduct:
- Singaporeans, despite their friendliness, are quite cavalier in their behavior in queues, in transport, though he never transgressed. It is not necessary for this to come into conflict, just keep it in mind.
- The behaviour of local inhabitants is often too formal, and they are not always willing to hold a conversation with a stranger, especially a foreigner.
- At the entrance to Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim temple always remove shoes.
- When visiting temples or other places of worship do not dress provocatively, cover exposed shoulders and legs.
- Taking pictures in churches should be only after receiving permission.
- Never show a Muslim a finger.
Emergency numbers of Singapore
Police: Tel 999
Hot line police: Tel: 6225 0000
Ambulance: Tel: 995
Medical aid (not emergency): 1777 Tel.
Fire brigade: Tel: 995
The Russian Embassy in Singapore
In the case of emergencies, loss of documents, you may contact the Embassy of Russia in Singapore address and telephone numbers:
Address: 51, Nassim Road, Singapore 258439
Phone: (8-10-65) 6737-0048, 6235-1834
Hour phone duty: (8-10-65) 6235 1832, (8-10-65) 6235 1834
Fax: (8-10-65) 6733-4780