Singapore is a beautiful city and just like visiting other people’s houses, there are basic rules to follow. As a responsible traveller, you should know them and these will be a good start. You are welcome. 😉
1. Left, Please.
When you use the escalators in other places such as London , you stand on the right and when in a hurry you use the left side of the escalator, in Singapore it’s the reverse – Stand on the left, walk on the right.
2. No Eating/Drinking Policy.
Eating and drinking are not allowed inside the MRT/LRT/bus, stations included. In case you missed the story that I shared related to this, you can read it here. 😉
3. Chewing Gum Ban.
Strictly follow or be ready to be fined (700 SGD).
photo courtesy of confectionerynews.com
Since 2004, only chewing gum of therapeutic value is allowed into Singapore under the “Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations.” The exception is made for dental or nicotine gum. Gum can be bought from a doctor, but must be prescribed.
According to the Regulations, “importing” means to “bring or cause to be brought into Singapore by land, water or air from any place which is outside Singapore …” any goods, even if they are not for purposes of trade.
Under the rule, no gum is allowed to be bought or sold inside Singapore and there is a $700 fine for spitting out gum on the streets.
4. If you eat in a hawker or any eatery/restaurant for that matter, you will notice that once the staff sees that your plate is emptied, they will clear your table right away. There are times when they ask first and there are times when they simply don’t. So if you are not done with your meal (like when you are just taking the time to finish your meal) then tell the staff.
In other places, it’s a CLAYGO (Clean As You Go) policy while others will wait for the guests to leave first before clearing the table.
Food centres, hawkers and restaurants are very busy especially during lunch/dinner time and when you observe enough, you can tell that people would just come to eat and leave right away. If you want a place where you can stay and chat longer then try booking for a more exclusive spot in the city or maybe move to a coffee shop nearby. This way, you will not feel rushed after a lovely dinner. 🙂