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Yes: more specifically, the staff canteens at the airport are open to the public, serving authentic and tasty Singaporean fare at rock-bottom prices! Despite the name "canteen", these are mini-hawker centres with a dozen or so independently run stalls each specializing in specific dishes/cuisines. There are at least three of these: Terminal 2 The one you'...


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Changi airport in Singapore is a good place for long stopovers. The airport is set up for it with an airside hotel, and other great facilities, and stopovers of a whole day are not unheard of. If you have a stopover of more than 8 hours the airport also offers free tours of the city http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-...


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The canteen I stumbled upon was much smaller than the others at Changi Airport that jpatokal revealed. It's also less comparable to an actual hawker stall This one is called "Yan's Cafe" and was kind of in an outside edge of the Terminal 2 building according to a reference to it I found online though at the time I thought it was the Terminal 3 building. I ...


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Australian Department of Agriculture has some information, in summary, for personal use: You must declare them on arrival so that they can be examined by customs. They may need to be treated or destroyed depending on origin and species of flower, or if they are found to have pests or other biohazards. There is a list of allowable species here. Orchids are ...


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When you receive your boarding pass it is valid for sure. There is no re-checkin to be done, you are good to go. Nothing else is required.


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I assume your flights via Singapore are both on Singapore Airlines (SQ) and on a single ticket, in which case: 1 hr is likely sufficient, but SQ will take care of you if it's not. Changi is an extremely efficient airport and you don't need to go through Customs/Immigration for a transfer. SQ flights to/from both India and the US use Terminal 3, which you ...


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No, you can't. As is generally the case in Singapore, most stalls are cash only or accept a limited set of local payment methods generally not including credit cards. However, Singapore being Singapore (and because cash-only transactions make it all too easy to evade taxes), the government is strong-arming all hawkers into accepting electronic payments, so ...


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As drat's answer explains, it's technically possible, but it's also illegal. There's a sign ahead of Immigration that says "No entry except for passengers with boarding passes and proceeding to their next destination", so if you enter and do not proceed to your flight destination, you're trespassing. This is not a dead letter either: several fans of a ...


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TL;DR: there is no distinction between arrival area and departure area, so it might be possible. However, there will be logistical and possibly legal problems. I don't think it will be worth the risk. As of the logistic part of the question, this is absolutely no problem. At Changi Airport, the arrival and the departure zones are linked together and you won'...


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Yes! You can stay "airside" if your layover is less than 24h as long as it is the same booking into and out of Changi (assuming you are flying with Singapore Airline). This Will my luggage transfer during an 18h layover in Changi? answer refers to a twitter message by singapore airlines confirming that during an 18h layover at Changi the baggages are ...


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Per GCMap, the route flies clearly south of Japan's Okinawa island chain, and thus does not enter the ADIZ. Of course actual flight routings will vary from the ideal great circle route, but usually not by much. (courtesy Great Circle Mapper) Also, Singapore has stated that they will file flight plans with Chinese authorities. Not entirely sure if this ...


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I can think of a few reasons: Verifying the identity of Wi-fi users, in case a court subpoena comes in requesting information about a certain user. It's not a bullet-proof method (many countries offer anonymous sim-cards), but it's probably good enough in most cases. Some countries may also ban fully anonymous Wi-fi (such as Germany or Turkey). Making sure ...


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No you don't need to claim and recheck your bags. For future reference at Changi, if you're flying with SQ on the same ticket they will transfer them for you. Here's the answer from their Twitter: Are both flights booked under the same booking ref? If yes, the baggage will be check through to the final destination.


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I contacted Changi Airport's twitter account with the same question, and here is their response: Hi. If you join the free Singapore tour, you will have to adhere to clear and re-enter immigration as a tour group. Hope this clarify. Thanks. So the answer is NO. You must be with the tour from start to finish, including the return to the airport. ...


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The only real problem you have is the stamps, they will take some space! making your passport full faster than it should be. That's the only problem you might have. Singapore is a business hub, some businessmen go there on weekly basis or even more than that. Just like Dubai. In addition to that, many airlines transit through there. So, going there more ...


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This partially depends on the ticket and airline, so you need to check with your airline(s) directly. Typically it works as follows: A connection with less than 24 hours, is a "layover". Your bags will not be returned. You should get the boarding passes for all segments at check-in for the first segment. A connection of 24 hours or more is a "stopover", you ...


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This should be no problem. Terminal 1-3 are connected via link bridges to Jewel so the only thing to consider is how early your check-in opens, this might be only 2 hours before the flight. If you are travelling from terminal 4, this will be harder, as you will have to take a bus there and back. Alternatively, depending on your airline, you might be able to ...


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The following is "common sense" based on my own travels. Officialdom may decide otherwise. If I was doing this I'd try very hard to get an official answer to this in advance and very preferably in writing. I certainly would not trust only the advice of well meaning people like me on an internet site :-). If you have a Singapore visa and the two ...


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Yes, you can check in early. The confusing wording is attempting to say that early check-in opens 12 hours before the flight, so checking in and leaving your bags 7 hours before departure is perfectly fine. Note that early check-in takes place at a dedicated "Early Check-In Lounge" behind Terminal 1, Row 5, a short distance from the regular BA check-in ...


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Google maps claims there is, with Hai Chang Fishhead Steamboat being identified as a Hawker Stall. It appears to be a part of the Tampines Round Market, so is likely not the only one there. I can't get it to give walking directions, but it's about 4-5km if I eye-ball the distance, so for me that's walking distance, but YMMV. A blog review or two are ...


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So I asked the check in staff this morning, and they were unequivocal: if your boarding pass says GO TO GATE on it, no document check is needed. And this, indeed, proved to be the case: I did not have to interact with a single human on my way to the plane, just immigration check (scan passport) and gate check (scan boarding pass). Note that this advice is ...


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As others have said, it's illegal. Visas permitting you can accomplish this, though: Actually fly up to Kuala Lumpur--a quick search turned up a $65 ticket.


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You should be fine. Changi is a very efficient airport and it would be very unusual to wait more than 30 min in immigration. However, Air India and Air Asia do not interline, so if you have checked bags, you will need to go through Immigration and Customs, collect them and check back in again, then pass through immigration again. This will require a visa ...


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For clarity, there is no global Answer to this question because, as noted, it depends greatly on the local circumstances. However, Singapore is somewhat special in that there are no domestic flights so the entire terminal is on the other side of Immigration and 'Security' is essentially at the gate. So, 'airside' is conceptually different there as opposed ...


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While Terminal 4 is not connected to the Skytrain system linking the other terminals, there is a free airside transit bus connecting it to Terminal 2. See details and map on the Changi site: http://www.changiairport.com/en/transport/transfer-between-terminals.html Update: So if I understand the situation correctly, you're starting your journey from ...


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Wait until you're within the 23 hour window and try the checkin again. It'll probably say "you're already checked in!" and give you options to re-print (or re-mail) your boarding passes, and probably choose seat upgrades, extra baggage, and other extra-cost options. So you'll know your in. If it seems to allow you to check in all over again, then something ...


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Singapore Changi has only three Star Alliance lounges: the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold lounges in T2 and T3, and a Royal Silk Thai Airways lounge in T1. (There are a couple of contract lounges as well, but these are only accessible if you're flying their contracted airlines like United or Air China.) All appear to officially apply the Star Alliance ...


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