Is Singapore safe for solo female travellers?

Katie Lee, A food and travel enthusiast, a dog lover.
Answered September 28, 2020

Yes. Singapore is known to be one of the safest cities in the world for any type of traveler. I have tried walking alone in the streets of Singapore at night and I have never felt unsafe. Even if you go to the more populated areas like Chinatown and Little India, it is still generally safe.

Singapore consistently registers a low overall crime rate. In 2019, Singapore was ranked first in the 2019 Gallup Global Law and Order Report, with 94% of residents reporting that they felt safe walking home alone in their neighborhood at night. Also in 2019, the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2019 ranked Singapore first for order and security. The Economist Intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index 2019 also ranked Singapore first for personal security.

This does not mean though that you should be complacent. When traveling solo, always be on guard and aware of your surroundings. Here are some useful tips for solo travelers in Singapore.

  1. Know the basic laws. Singapore has strict laws and stiff penalties, so be careful not to violate any local rules while visiting. Click here for more information on things to avoid in Singapore. 
  1. Keep important numbers. Before arriving in Singapore, look up and keep a record of important contact information that you might need during your travel. Information about your hotel, local contacts, places to visit, and local law enforcement should be stored on your mobile phone or laptop. You should also keep a written copy in case you lose your gadgets. For emergencies in Singapore, call 999. 
  1. Act like a local. Standing out in a crowd where you don’t know a single soul can make you attractive to petty criminals. It is helpful to blend with the locals and be friendly with the people who serve you, such as hotel staff and vendors. These are the people who are supposed to look out for you during your stay, so make sure they remember you by talking to them. Smiling also helps a lot!

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