There are taxes for bringing tobacco and alcohol into Singapore. You have to declare what you bring in and be taxed accordingly. If you try to hide it to avoid the tax and get caught, there is a hefty fine.
Customs information can be found here:
At Changi Airport, at check in, all carry-on luggages must follow strict LAG rules for Liquids, Aerosol and Gels for hand-carried luggage.
If in doubt, call up in advance.
You can also refer to website below:
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: My daughter suffered a swimmers ear infection while in Singapore. The doctor put her on antibiotics and I asked them if Singapore sold "Aqua Ear". He told me that Singaporeans do not suffer from swimmers ear, which I found interesting as they live in a tropical climate. If you forget to take some from home, buy some surgical methylated spirits.
Luggage and bags:
Singapore's a shopper's paradise. I would suggest bringing a foldable bag in case you should buy more than you had planned to.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Your hotel/hostel should provide you with toiletries and medical supplies. If you don't have them (especially at the hostels), just ask. No harm in asking. Singaporeans are usually quite helpful. But if not, there are convenient stores and supermarkets at most parts of the island and these items are normally not expensive.
Unlike some countries, Singapore has alot of money changing facilities and you can change foreign currency easily. No need for passport or filling in a form. Almost every shopping mall will have a "money changer", usually manned by an Indian man.
Rates differ slightly. Lower rates at banks and better rates at the money changers. In Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza has the most number of money changers; you can choose to compare rates before you change your currency. But if you're in orchard, I personally like to change money with the money changer at Takashimya, Basement 2. He gives pretty good rates.
Luggage and bags:
If you are transiting in Singapore with a few hours to spare, you may possible want to go to the city just to look around, have a meal, or catch up with friends. Often, the hassle associated with this will be that you have to lug your heavy luggage around.
There is an easy solution to this. Both Terminals in Changi Airport offer a baggage storage service in their transit area, that allows you to store your luggage while you go to the city. There is no limit on how many days you can store your things and the per* item charges are as follow:
First 24 Hours Block: S$4.24
Subsequent 24 Hours Block: $5.25
This service also very useful if you are on a short stopover holiday for just a day or two want to leave most of your stuff in the airport, so that you can travel light.
For more information, you can reach Changi Airport enquiry lines as follow:
Terminal 1: 62140628
Terminal 2: 62141683
Miscellaneous: Another use for it is if you are have a stopover holiday here and plan to bring certain controlled and prohibited items (except drugs, which may be punishable by the death penalty) in Singapore from the originating country to the destination country.
For example, a traveller from Australia may have bought some cigarettes from Thailand, where they are very cheap, for his personal consumption in Australia. However, he is planning to stopover here for a few days. Any cigarettes brought out of the transit area will be subjected to Singapore cigarettes duties, which is one of the highest in the world.
Since he is intending to only use the cigarettes in Australia and not over here, the traveller can simply leave them with the baggage storage service in the transit area* and it will not be subjected to these taxes. On his way back to Australia, he can then just collect the cigarettes before he goes to the gate to board his plane. For storage of less than 48 hours, the total charge is S$4.24 + S$5.25 = S$9.49.
If using a safe box in your room place one shoe in the safe with your valuables. This will stop you from leaving without clearing the safety box - a common situation for many people. You can't walk without both shoes so it will prompt you to empty the box.
Here's another thing. Keep shower caps from hotels and use them for packing shoes. Place a shower cap over each shoe and it will not dirty other items in your suitcase.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you have time, then you will probably want to take a beach gear with you to Sentosa. There are 3 beaches where you can suntan and take a swim. Also, there, the shower room is provided so you dont have to worry about it.
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