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Singapore Airport Flight Information Tel: (65) 1800 542 4422



Travellers to declare currency or bearer negotiable instruments over S$30,000

From 1 November 2007 onwards, persons who move into or out of Singapore physical currency1 or bearer negotiable instruments2 (CBNI) the total value of which exceeds SGD 30,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) will be required to give a report by filling up a form and submitting it to the authorities.
The form is available at all checkpoints, police establishments, Singapore Visitors Centres and branches of Singapore Post...



     American Express has an Express ATM in Terminal 1.


Where to find American Express in Singapore:

At 320 Orchard Road, Tang Plaza, Singapore 238864, Open Daily from 9am to 9pm, and Singapore Changi Airport, Terminals 1 and 2. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year.

    Airport Tax

     Passenger Service Charge: S$21*  (*with effect from 1 Mar 2002)


     From 8 February 2002, you can take the MRT to the Changi Airport. From the city centre, it's only a 27-minute ride. The train service from the Changi Airport station operates at an average frequency of 12 minutes and its service hours are as follows:

     Changi Airport station to City Hall station
First train: 5:31am (Mon to Sat), 5:59am (Sun and public holidays)
Last train: 11:18pm (daily)

     City Hall station to Changi Airport station
First train: 6:09am (Mon to Sat), 6:45am (Sun and public holidays)
Last train: 12:03am (daily)

     The fare for a single trip from Changi Airport station to City Hall station is SGD 1.40. For the convenience of travellers, trains serving the Changi Airport station provide luggage racks and free space in every carriage.


     Passengers waiting at Changi Airport now have a choice of three specialised lounges- Sports Arena, News Hub and Movie Theatre.

     The Sports Arena shows ESPN, Star Sports and the Football Channel. News Hub offers major international news channels, such as BBC World, CNBC and CNN International, as well as Channel News Asia, and financial information from Bridge News and Bloomberg News. A news-stand there offers a range of newspapers and magazines. The Movie Theatre plays movies from Star Movies channel on a large 84-inch back projection screen. These three lounges are located at the departure and transit areas of Terminals 1 and 2.

    Children's Playground

    Changi Airport has a place for young travellers to have moments of fun. This play area is located near the Country Manna Family Restaurant at Terminal 1 or on Level 3 within the Entertainment Centre at Terminal 2. Suitable for children aged from 1 to 12.

    Smoking Room

    If you wish to smoke, you can make your way to either Changi Airport's Smoking Room or Outdoor Smoking Areas.

    Left Baggage

    You can have your luggage looked after, if you need to leave the Airport. This service is available 24 hours. For enquires, please email :

    You can contact the personnel at the 24-hour service counter at Tel: 6214 0628 (Terminal 1, Basement West #B21-62) and Tel: 6214 1683 (Terminal 2, Arrival Meeting Hall North #016-024).

    This service is also available 24 hours daily inside both the Departure/Transit Lounge in Terminal 1 (Departure/Transit Lounge East #021-19 Tel: 6214 0318) and in Terminal 2 (Departure/Transit Lounge South #026-068 Tel: 6214 0448).

    Snooze Time

    Changi Airport's two passenger terminals have five designated areas that provide free rest facilities to help passengers catch up on their beauty sleep. There are nearly 60 reclining snooze chairs around the two terminals of Changi Airport that can be used by any traveller. Some snooze chairs are even fitted with vibrating alarm clocks to wake the traveller in time for his flight. The rest areas where these snooze chairs can be found are made conducive for napping as lights are dimmed and glass panels are darkened to keep out the glare in the day. There are also massage chairs where you can soothe your weary body.

    Aside from these free facilities, travellers can also drop in at the two transit hotels to rest in the privacy of well equipped rooms. The hotels charge S$40.45 to S$86.60 for every six hour block. The hotels also offer shower facilities, a swimming pool and a jacuzzi.

    Travellers who do not need a room can get their rest in private bunks at the Plaza Premium Lounge and the Rainforest Lounge. Both places also offer massage services, gyms to work out the travel rigours and ample shower facilities.

    Money Changers

    All major currencies are accepted at money changers found in the Departure/Transit Lounge and Arrival Hall of both terminals; operating 24 hours daily. These counters are operated by established banks in Singapore, offering you competitive exchange rates.

    Phone cards are available at these counters. Passengers can also purchase travel insurance from American Express Exchange Services money changers with a credit card.

    Business Centres

    Services like photocopying, faxing, typing and mailing of documents are available at the Transit Hotels for your convenience. Changi Airport's Business Centres open daily from 7am to 11pm, with photocopying and faxing services available 24 hours.

    Internet Access

    Passengers in transit or waiting to board a plane at Changi Airport can enjoy FREE Internet connections on their laptops with the airport's Ethernet LAN/Network points at these designated areas.

  • PC Connection Point: Rest Area in Terminal 1

  • PC Connection Point: Central/ Transit area in Terminal 2

     Passengers can surf the Internet for free at the Free Internet Corners, specially set up for passengers in the Departure/Transit Lounges of Terminals 1 and 2. The Free Internet Corners allow passengers to surf the internet or check their e-mails before they catch their flights. They can be found at Transfer C, Transfer D, East West Music Bar in Terminal 1 and the Transfer E, e-pier, Oasis (Snooze area), Transfer F, Reflection lounge, Events lounge and Skyplex in Terminal 2. These facilities are open 24 hours

    Maps for Tourists

To get free copies of maps & brochures on Singapore, including Singapore Official Guide, please click HERE.

    Clearance of Travellers through Customs

     - Red and Green Channels for customs clearance (important)

     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore

    Budget Terminal (Opening on 26 March 2006)

     - $45-million Budget Terminal for low-cost carriers completed

    Web sites

     - Singapore Websites

Anti-theftSecuritySystemsForAirportRetailers provides anti-theft product protection for all airport retailers, ensuring better profits for the retailers.

Changi Airport  is the Web site of Singapore Changi Airport. is all about getting bagtags to help you find your lost luggage. All you need do is purchase the bagtags, with unique serial numbers, from them; register your bagtags; stick them on your luggage and go travelling. If your luggage gets lost, and someone has found it, will notify you via phone, fax or e-mail. A great idea.  is the Web site of United Airlines Singapore.



     -  Singapore welcomes 10 millionth visitor



Comfort and CityCab taxi fares to go up on 17 Dec 2007

Basic Fare



Flag Down: $2.50 for 1st km

1km to 10km: $0.10 for every 210m

Above 10km: $0.10 for every 175m

Waiting time: $0.10 for every 25sec

Flag Down: $2.80 for 1st km

1km to 10km: $0.20 for every 385m

Above 10km: $0.20 for every 330m

Waiting time: $0.20 for every 45sec



MOH advise public to discard chocolate cakes from Prima Deli

MOH and theAgri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) conducted joint inspections of Prima Food Pte Ltd which produces the chocolate cakes for all Prima Deli retail outlets.
Food and environmental samples were taken for laboratory analysis. Preliminary results on 03 December 2007 for the food samples are suggestive of Salmonella as the likely causative agent...
As at 03 December 2007, there were a total of 106 cases including six hospitalised cases, all of whom have been discharged. Six cases tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis. The last case had onset of illness on 26 November 2007.



HIV cases on the rise in 2007

Out of the164 Singaporeans detected to be HIV infected in the first six months, about 93% of the new cases detected this year were males and 7% were females.
Sexual transmission remains the main mode of HIV transmission among Singaporeans.  Of the 164 cases reported in the first 6 months of 2007, 155 cases acquired the infection through the sexual route, with heterosexual transmission accounting for 67% of infections, homosexual transmission 24% and bisexual transmission 3%.  Intravenous drug use (4 cases) accounted for 2%...



Road closures for ASEAN Summit meetings

Apart from the meetings held in Shangri-La Hotel, there will be several other key events, which the Leaders and delegates will attend as part of the official programme. They include the following:
a Gala Dinner at Raffles City Convention Centre on Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 .
b Reception at the Asian Civilisations Museum on Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007.
c Dinner at Istana on Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007...
As part of the security and traffic arrangements, Police will deploy resources to conduct roadblocks and security checks at and around all the event venues.



Stiffer measures to deter errant taxi drivers

  • Stiffer penalties for errant taxi drivers
  • Taxi advisories for the public
  • More taxi stands within the Central Business District (CBD) / Street hail of taxis on CBD roads disallowed from 1 March 2008
  • Enhanced taxi QoS requirements fully phased in from 1 January 2008
  • Taxi Mystery Customer Audit kicked off



Crackdown on errant taxi drivers

Over a five day period from 30 October - 3 November 2007, 26 taxi drivers were found overcharging, seven were found touting while the rest were caught for refusing to convey passengers, in enforcement operations conducted at several spots such as Sentosa, Clarke Quay, Orchard Towers and Boat Quay...



Travellers to declare currency or bearer negotiable instruments over S$30,000

From 1 November 2007 onwards, persons who move into or out of Singapore physical currency1 or bearer negotiable instruments2 (CBNI) the total value of which exceeds SGD 30,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency) will be required to give a report by filling up a form and submitting it to the authorities.
The form is available at all checkpoints, police establishments, Singapore Visitors Centres and branches of Singapore Post...



Singapore Airlines A380 enters commercial service

The Singapore Airlines A380 enters commercial service today (25 Oct 2007), with its first flight – SQ380 – from Singapore to Sydney, Australia...
The majority of the seats on the two legs of this flight were sold on eBay, the global online marketplace, with all proceeds donated to charities...



Experience Changi Airport's new Terminal 3 on microsite

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has launched a dedicated microsite1 for Changi Airport's Terminal 3 or T3 to provide visitors the opportunity to explore Changi's newest and largest terminal from anywhere in the world.
Themed "Explore Paradise", the microsite is an interactive one-stop link for visitors to intimately discover T3 through virtual tours, fun downloads, visuals and contests. Visitors can also obtain informative details of the new terminal from the microsite...



Changi Airport is Best Airport in the World for past 20 years

Singapore Changi Airport marks a page in the Business Traveller United Kingdom (UK) magazine for being the longest "Best Airport in the World" title holder for the past 20 consecutive years...



Singapore and UK conclude landmark Open Skies Agreement

Singapore and the United Kingdom (UK) have concluded a landmark Open Skies Agreement (OSA) on 2 October 2007, removing all restrictions on air services operated by carriers of both countries.
With this agreement, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will now be able to operate as many services as the Singapore-UK market could support...
Similarly, UK carriers will be able to operate any number of services beyond Singapore to any other city in the world. These rights, which will be effective from end-March 2008, come nearly two decades after Singapore first made its request to the UK...



Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act passed

Clause 11 of the Bill makes it mandatory for anyone physically carrying currency and bearer negotiable instruments or CBNI, above S$30,000, into or out of Singapore, to declare this to the authorities at the checkpoints...

The threshold amount of S$30,000 is based on the recommendation by the FATF, and includes not only currency in circulation, but also bearer negotiable instruments such as travellers cheques, money orders, cheques, bonds and promissory notes...
Hence, for clarity, a crossed cheque made payable to a specific person with the word “bearer” deleted is not considered a bearer negotiable instrument because only the person named on the cheque can receive the amount stated on it.
The new measure would be non-discriminatory and will be imposed on all travellers, including citizens, residents and foreigners, entering and exiting the country.
The penalties for non-declaration and false declaration are a maximum fine of S$50,000 or a term of imprisonment of up to 3 years or both...



Changi Airport to be corporatised

"After careful consideration, the government believes that it is necessary to corporatise Changi Airport and to re-structure CAAS’ existing regulatory and strategic functions under a new regulatory body...
"Corporatisation will enhance Changi Airport’s ability to compete in this changed landscape. In being more nimble the new entity will further strengthen Changi’s position as a premier air hub...
"Corporatisation is a complex process. We will plan carefully and explore all possible options. The entire process is expected to take 18 to 24 months..."



Sleight Of hand culprit nabbed

On 19 August 2007 at about 3.15pm, an Iranian man was arrested for an offence of theft by sleight of hand. The man had earlier managed to steal money from foreigners by asking to see their foreign currency.



Good growth for Changi Airport in first half of 2007

"More than 17.7 million passengers went through Changi Airport in the first six months of the year, representing a 5.4% increase over the same period last year..."



New dog licensing rules from 1 Sep 2007

"All licensed dogs must be microchipped with an ISO compliant microchip.
"Dogs that were licensed before 1 Sep 07 will be exempted from the requirement. However, owners of such dogs are strongly encouraged to have their dogs microchipped for better traceability...
"Under the new Rules1, the annual licence fee for all unsterilised dogs (both male and female) is $70 while the licence fee for sterilised dogs is $14..."



Rehabilitation regime for first and second-time abusers of cannabis and cocaine

"The aim of the treatment and rehabilitation regime is to give first and second time abusers a chance at rehabilitation without the stigmatisation of a criminal record...

"Recalcitrant abusers with two previous records for consumption of cannabis or cocaine or that of opiates, synthetic drugs or buprenorphine who are arrested again for the consumption of any of these drugs would be liable for long term imprisonment under the Long Term (LT) Imprisonment Regime, if convicted..."



Five Vietnamese nationals arrested for stealing spree

"Police arrested two men and three women, aged 22 - 37 at the airport yesterday after they were found with nine pieces of luggage containing more than 350 pieces of new garments...

"Preliminary investigations revealed that about 30 of the items in their possession were found to be stolen from shops in the Orchard area..."



Changi Airport launches new lifestyle magazine Changi Class

Singapore Changi Airport has launched a new magazine for passengers, entitled Changi Class. Changi Class replaces the fortnightly tabloid, Changi Express. The complimentary monthly publication will be available at Changi Airport's Departure Transit Malls from 5 July 2007..."


     - Thieving cabby nabbed by police


Tightening of security of Non-Biometric Passports

"ICA will be tightening the security of non-biometric passports by adopting the same security measures as those implemented on the Singapore biometric passport (BioPass).

"Hence, with effect from 1 September 2007 (Saturday), photo update services for non-biometric passports will no longer be available. Non-biometric passport holders who no longer resemble their passport photo are advised to update their photos before 1 September 2007...



Changi Airport's Terminal 3 to start operations on 9 Jan 2008

"Airlines, airport agencies, ground handlers, shop tenants and other airport business partners operating at Changi Airport's new Terminal 3 can start to move in and set up their offices and systems to prepare for operations...
"Terminal 3 and its associated works cost S$1.75 billion. It will have a handling capacity of 22 million passengers per year, bringing the total annual passenger handling capacity of Changi Airport to about 70 million..."



New restrictions for hand-carry luggage on flights departing Singapore

"Singapore will be implementing new aviation security measures for hand-carry luggage on flights departing Singapore from 8 May 2007 (Tuesday), 1200hrs..."



Impact of the two Integrated Resorts in 2010

"Together with the two IRs, these will help us achieve our target to attract 17 million visitors and generate S$30 billion in tourism receipts by the year 2015...

"In terms of manpower, the two IRs combined are expected to create some 50,000 to 60,000 additional jobs throughout the economy when both are fully operational..."



Man to be charged for importing pellet guns

"When asked, the man did not declare any items. Subsequent screening revealed images that appeared to be guns within his baggage. A physical check of his check-in carton revealed 20 sets of pellet guns and 5 bottles of pellets. He was subsequently detained for investigation.

"Police investigated a total of 38 cases involving airsoft guns in 2006. Since the beginning of this year (2007), Police have investigated 21 such cases. Most of these airsoft guns were detected at the airport and other checkpoints, as well as the Singapore Post Centre..."



Beware of snatch thieves in streets and common areas

"Since the beginning of the year, there have been 124 cases of snatch theft reported. Of these cases, 67 cases involved the stealing of handphones...
"More recently on 6 Mar at about 6.45am, a teenaged male victim lost his handphone to a snatch thief when he was hit on the back of the head whilst walking near Tampines St 41. The culprit picked up the $100 mobile phone that the victim dropped and fled with it..."


     - Crazy Horse Paris in Singapore to close

     - Chinatown light-up and bazaar for Chinese New Year

     - Singapore Airlines to review creative agency


Public transport operators to handle lost & found properties

"With effect from 1 January 2007, the public bus and taxi companies, namely, SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Buses Ltd, Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd, Yellow-Top Cab Pte Ltd, CityCab Pte Ltd, SMRT Taxis Pte Ltd, Trans-Cab Services Pte Ltd, Smart Automobile Pte Ltd and Premier Taxis Pte Ltd, will handle all properties found in their vehicles and handle all reports on lost and found properties made by their customers and drivers..."



     - Marina Bay and Orchard Road countdown 2006/2007 events

     - Web surfing in Singapore largely back to normal

     - Damaged undersea cables cause slow Internet access in Singapore

     - Singapore hit by heavy rain and flash floods



     - Three years of free Wi-Fi for Singapore from 1 Dec 2006



Two Years of Free Wi-Fi for Singapore

"Come 2007, Singaporeans will be ushering the new year with at least 24 months, or two years, of free (basic tier) wireless connectivity at up to 512 kbps speeds almost everywhere - thanks to IDA's 'Wireless@SG' programme...

"The three operators are extending this two-year free offering with unlimited usage to all residents and visitors in Singapore, including tourists and business travellers. The sign-up details will be made known from December 2006 by the operators..."



     - Changi Airport's Terminal 2 completes S$240m makeover

     - Police may not allow some IMF/WB civil society representatives to enter Singapore

     - Singapore tightens security ahead of IMF/World Bank meetings


Proposed Spaceport Singapore to offer commercial suborbital spaceflights

"The focal point of the proposed Spaceport Singapore will be suborbital spaceflights. As each suborbital vehicle reaches its maximum altitude of 100 kilometers, passengers will experience up to five minutes of continuous weightlessness, all the while gazing at the blackness of space set against the horizon of Earth..."


     - Traffic at Singapore Changi Airport in 1st half 2006

     - Police arrest Malaysian for smuggling counterfeit S$1 coins


Subutex a Class A Controlled Drug from 14 Aug 2006

"From 14 August 2006, doctors will not be permitted to prescribe and dispense any take-home dosages for existing patients.

"All patients who require Subutex will have to consume their medication under direct visual observation of the pharmacist, doctor and/or his treatment team on a daily basis1 ..."


     - No outdoor demonstrations and processions during IMF/WB meetings


New Singapore biometric passports from 15 Aug 2006

"To facilitate a smooth transition to the BioPass system, ICA will have to close some of its passport application services counters from 9 Aug 2006...

"This will allow ICA to install and test the BioPass systems before its actual launch. As such, only limited passport application avenues will be available from 10 to 14 August 2006..."



 Singapore to hold large-scale flu pandemic exercise

21-22 Jul 2006

"This large scale exercise will involve over 1,000 personnel from MOH, the Ministry of Education (MOE), home-front and related agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA), Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and the People's Association..."


     - SMRT taxi fares to go up from 17 July 2006



Hawker centres, coffeeshops and cafes prepare for smoking ban

Smoking ban will be extended to hawker centres, coffeeshops and cafes come 1st July.

To protect patrons from second-hand smoke, foodshop operators can set up smoking corners for those who want to light up. To date, close to half of the affected outlets have decided to set up smoking corners in their outdoor refreshment areas...


     - Age limit for taxi drivers to be raised to 73 years

     - Their Majesties The Emperor & Empress of Japan visit Singapore


Landmark design of Changi Airport's Terminal 3 unveiled

Terminal 3 will also employ state-of-the-art technologies to create a seamless environment for passengers transferring between the three terminals at Changi Airport.
These include a new People Mover System with a total of seven train stations located at various points within the three terminals, and a high-speed baggage system to facilitate quick transfers of bags between terminals...


     - Use of MyKad & cancellation of Malaysian restricted passports

     - Inaugural Changi Airline Awards

     - Polling Day 6 May 2006 is a public holiday

     - Expat survey shows Singapore best place in the world for Asians to live


     - Expatriate fined for verbally abusing immigration officers

     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore

     - Singapore and US begin testing of e-Passports

     - $45-million Budget Terminal for low-cost carriers completed


     - New terminal for low-cost carriers to open on 26 March 2006


Woman fined $3000 for hindering ICA officers in their duties

"Mdm Tan had returned to Singapore from China on 30th September 2005 at about 7.40 pm through the Changi International Airport Terminal 2. ICA officers noticed that she had brought two roast geese from China with her to Singapore.

"Mdm Tan was informed she had to surrender the two roast geese for disposal, as she did not have a licence to bring them in. She hindered the ICA officers in the execution of their duties by refusing to surrender the roast geese brought from China and subsequently throwing the roast geese onto the floor..."


      - Singapore Tourism Board launches 'Unique2Me' Photo Contest

     - Foreigners to get no subsidy at polyclinics from 2006



Compulsory registration for pre-paid SIM card holders

"From 1 November, mobile service providers, such as the Singapore Telecom Mobile Pte Ltd, StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd and MobileOne Ltd, will be required to ensure compliance in recording the personal details of all customers who buy prepaid SIM cards...

"...all existing prepaid SIM card users are required to re-register at retail outlets which sell prepaid SIM cards sold by their respective mobile service providers.

"Customers must be at least 15 years old before being eligible to purchase a prepaid SIM card..."


      - Annual Fire Walking Festival 2005

     - Changi Airport to introduce self-service check-in kiosks in 2006

     - Transit passengers at Changi Airport get to explore Singapore


      - First Gate at Singapore Changi Airport ready for Airbus A380

     - Armed police patrols on MRT trains from 15 Aug 2005

     - Singapore Food Festival 2005 (1 - 31 Jul 2005)

     - S.P.F.G Boutique Cafe opens in Changi Airport Terminal 1

     - Changi Airport's no-frills terminal ready in early 2006

     - Smoking ban to cover more public places from 1 Oct 2005

     - 11,790 Immigration Offenders Arrested in 2004

     - Singapore Taxis - Quality of Service Standards 4Qtr 2004

     - Singapore Tourism Board aims for 8.9 million visitors in 2005

     - Singapore Airlines to be first to fly Airbus A380

     - Singapore tourism targeted to net S$30 billion by 2015

     - Singapore observes one minute of silence on 9 Jan 2005

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