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Travellers need to be aware of possible problems when flying into Singapore Changi Airport following an announcement from their Ministry of Health and Health Sciences Authority

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Travellers need to be aware of possible problems when flying into Singapore Changi Airport following an announcement from their Ministry of Health and Health Sciences Authority. With the airport featuring as a transition point for many tourists to South East Asia, this news could pose serious problems for onward journeys.

The announcement from the Singapore Ministry of Health and Health Sciences Authority lacks clarity, just stating that all passengers arriving at Singapore Changi Airport must pass through the Red Channel if they have vapes and eliquids.

They state that by disposing of vapes in the Red Channel, travellers will avoid being subjected to strict penalties.

"Incoming passengers may be screened for e-vaporisers and their components at the arrival halls, and those found with e-vaporisers or their components will be fined," the authorities stated.

As well as threatening random checks in the Arrivals Hall, the Singapore Government has also pledged to carry out random searches in the business district, shopping centres, parks, smoking areas, bars and clubs.

The likelihood is that transit passengers will not be the focus of this action – but the lack of clarity from the authorities means travellers should factor it into their plans before embarking on journeys during 2024.

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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