Singapore Laws

The following is a non-exhaustive list of Singapore Laws that you need to be aware of :

  • Gum chewing and selling is prohibited in Singapore.
  • Smoking and use of tobacco products are prohibited for people below 18 years of age. It is an offence for a person to smoke in non-smoking areas and indoor premises listed under the Smoking (Prohibition in Certain Places) Act. (refer to the Section on “Smoking Prohibition” on Possession, purchase, sale and distribution of Contraband cigarettes is an offence in Singapore.
  • Purchase and consumption of alcohol is prohibited for people below 18 years of age.
  • Littering and Spitting in public places are serious offences that could lead to a fine and community work.
  • Acts of vandalism (including graffiti) in public and private areas are serious offences punishable by law and may including caning.
  • Possession, trafficking, sale and distribution of Controlled Drugs are offences that can carry a Death Penalty in Singapore (refer to
  • Loitering and congregation could be considered an offence under the law of unlawful assembly.
  • Accommodation: Ministry of Manpower (MOM) requires students living in HDB, holding Training Work Permit (for industrial attachment) are to ensure they are registered as sub-tenants in HDB’s subletting system.
  • Immigration: All international students studying in Singapore must have a valid passport and Student’s Pass from ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority).
  • Employment: International students are not allowed to work in Singapore without a Work Pass Exemption from the MOM. (Ministry of Manpower). The ICA reserves the right to deport students who are caught for vice and/or illegal work in Singapore.
  • Cyber Bullying, Stalking, Sexual harassment and Harassment of children are prohibited in Singapore and may lead to compulsory counselling with the Institute of Mental Health and possible jail term.
  • Racial harmony: Singapore puts heavy emphasis on racial and religious harmony among different community groups. Offences relating to religion or race (including wounding the feelings of any person on account of their race or religion) may be punishable with imprisonment, or with fine, or with both.
  • Driving: All drivers must be in possession of a valid Singapore driving license and the vehicle must be insured. Drink driving is a serious offence and may lead to a fine, or imprisonment, or both.
  • Traffic Rules: Jay walking is an offence in Singapore.
  • Urinating in lifts is an offence in Singapore. Lifts in Singapore are equipped with Urine Detection Devices (UDD).

Students who are convicted of breaking Singapore laws (Depending on severity of the case) and are being forced to withdraw from the course will have their STP terminated.

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