5 things to do before you leave

January 15, 2017

As you prepare to pack your luggage at the end of your stay in Singapore, there are 5 things to keep in mind. 

1. Duty-free shopping

In the mood for more shopping before you leave? Visit T Galleria Singapore at 25 Scotts Road to browse and purchase the best quality products duty-free.

Alternatively, if you prefer some quieter online shopping do check out iShopChangi for duty-free purchases that can be collected at your departure terminal. 

2. Airport transfer 

Arranging your airport transfer with your hotel concierge will take away the hassle of lugging your luggages and heavy heart when you leave Singapore (or perhaps you are travelling to your next nearby holiday destination!). 

Otherwise, you can consider taking the luggage-friendly MRT and transfer at Tanah Merah station to reach Changi Airport station (7 min journey). 

First train leaves Tanah Merah station at 5.20am on Mon to Sat or 5.47am on Sundays and public holidays. Last train leaves Tanah Merah station at 1150pm daily. More info

3. Claiming tax refunds

The electronic tourist refund scheme (eTRS) in Singapore allows tourists to claim good and service tax (GST) refunds for payments made at participating retailers, subjected to the amount spent at the store.

So remember to use your eTRS token or tickets and your passport at the eTRS self-help kiosks in the airport to claim a credit card or cash refund. It is advisable to arrive at the airport earlier to process these claims. More info

4. Buying souvenirs

If you haven’t already bought some souvenirs, Chinatown is a good place to get some. There are many budget souvenir shops lining the streets where you can even buy souvenirs in bulk e.g. 36 keychains for $10! 

Culinary souvenirs are also a safe bet for friends and family back home. Click here to read more. 

5. Refund your transport cards 

If you have purchased an EZ-Link card, remember to refund the excess stored value at any ticket office or passenger service centre in most MRT stations. However, the $5 deposit is non-refundable.