Changi Airport will be your first experience of Singapore. The airport handles up to 24 million passenger movements a year and has regularly been voted among the top three airports in the world. Usually it should take you no longer than 30 minutes from disembarking to retrieving luggage to clearing customs.
At present, the airport has two terminals handling passenger traffic, but a third terminal is expected to be ready by 2006 in anticipation of even greater passenger volume.
In addition to its efficiency and ample facilities, Changi Airport has a frighteningly extensive duty-free shopping area. Some people check in early just so they can shop for duty-free alcohol, cigarettes, electronics, books, perfumes, clothes and others.
And as of February 1999, duty-free liquor and cigarettes are now allowed from Changi Airport for travel to Malaysia. You are now allowed to buy some duty-free liquor and cigarettes at the airport shop, with some conditions: First, you are only allowed to buy a total of one litre of wine or spirit, one litre of hard liquor, a pack of three cans of beer and 200 sticks of cigarettes.
Some of the airport's facilities include an internet cafe, an video games arcade, an airport hotel, a 24-hour restaurant and supermarket, fast food outlets and postal services. There is a Starbucks for those in need of caffeine and even a nature walk including a koi pond. Finally, prices at the airport are guaranteed and if you find the same item cheaper outside, they will refund you twice the difference. For more information, check out the Changi Airport website.
If you run into any problems or if you have any queries, here are some numbers you can call:
You can also write to: Singapore Immigration, Changi Airport Passenger Terminal Building II, P.O. Box 6, Singapore 918141
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