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Overseas Travel - Respect and Abide by Local Laws and Regulations [19 October 2016]

Recently, a number of Singaporeans have been arrested overseas for breaking the laws of the countries they were visiting.

Foreigners visiting or residing in Singapore have to abide by our laws. Likewise, Singaporeans abroad also have to adhere to the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting or residing in. Violation of foreign laws could lead to immediate arrest and detention. In some countries, the judicial process could take months. Singaporeans convicted of offences overseas could face heavy fines and/or long prison sentences. For drug-related offences, offenders could face a long prison sentence or even capital punishment.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will render appropriate consular assistance to Singaporeans who are arrested and detained overseas. However, MFA cannot intervene in the legitimate law enforcement and judicial workings of another country. Therefore, Singaporeans should exercise due care and personal responsibility when travelling overseas, including respecting and abiding by local laws and regulations.

In the event that Singaporeans overseas require emergency consular assistance, please call the MFA Duty Office (24-hours) at (+65) 6379 8800/8855, email us at mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg, or get in touch with the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.