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Drug Laws in Singapore: Here's What You Need To Know

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Even if you never dream of visiting Singapore in your lifetime, I highly recommend you at least have a long layover here (8 hours+) so you can see the beauty this country (and city-state) has to offer.

Singapore is home to the world-renowned Gardens by the Bay, The Marina Bay Sands Pool, delicious and spicy Crabs, the most beautiful airport in the world, and so much more. But it's important to know this life-changing law before you step foot outside the airport and into Singapore society.

Singapore has these rules in place to maintain a certain quality of life for their citizens and tourists. They do not want certain activities or items in their country, and will take major precautions to make sure they never do.

If you are caught trafficking or in possession of any illegal drugs in Singapore (marijuana, cocaine, shrooms, ecstasy, molly, etc.), the punishment could be death.

Moreover, officials have the right to drug test you spontaneously without reason or a warrant. If you are caught with drugs in your system, you may be subject to penalties and fines. No, you won't be executed if you have drugs in your system. But you may face a $10,000 fine. Be mindful of this if you consumed any drugs before arriving in Singapore. They may still be in your system and could show up on a drug test.

There are many other laws tourists need to know in Singapore, like chewing gum being illegal or no loud noises between 10:30pm-7:00am, but this drug law is by far the most important (in my opinion) for tourists to be aware of! Don't fly to Singapore after visiting a place with relaxed drug laws like the Washington D.C., Amsterdam or California.

This post isn't meant to scare you, but to inform you on how to stay in the clear if you do participate in drug use and plan to visit Singapore.

Hopefully you found this post informative and helpful, and if you do visit Singapore and you dabble in special recreational activities, use this blog post to help plan your trip!


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