If you have been busy preparing for the Year of the Rat holidays and still need more crisp banknotes for the hongbao, here is where you can still get them.
OCBC — All branches
Visit any OCBC branch until Jan 24. The bank will be restocking all bank outlets with new notes daily.
To plan a visit, locate your nearest branch and operating hours here.
OCBC also has 19 branches that are open on Sundays, from 11 am to 7 pm:
- Ang Mo Kio Central
- Causeway Point
- Choa Chu kang
- Hougang Mall
- ION Orchard
- Jurong East
- Jurong Point
- Marine Parade
- Tiong Bahru
- Toa Payoh Central
- Waterway Point
Through OCBC Mobile Banking app’s digital Chinese New Year queue service, called Easy Q, customers can check the availability of new banknotes in any particular branch and receive a digital queue number. They need not wait in line at the outlet.
If they miss their turn, they can easily get a new number with Easy Q.
Also available are “Fortune Packs”, which contain 100 S$2 notes and 30 S$10 notes — crisp and ready to go — as well as one pack of 8 OCBC red packets.
As for new notes, each customer can exchange or withdraw only up to S$500, and for S$2 notes, it is S$400 per customer.
Standard Chartered — All branches but one
All Standard Chartered branches, with the exception Jurong Point Express Banking, will have new banknotes available on a first-come, first-served basis.
UOB — All branches but one
All UOB bank branches are open until Jan 24 for customers who need new banknotes, with the exception of these three outlets: Hangout@SP (Singapore Polytechnic), Tampines One and Sengkang Express.
DBS / POSB — 40 pop-up ATMs and all DBS branches but two
DBS and POSB are offering the same service they provided last Lunar New Year — 40 pop-up ATMs in 20 community clubs where customers can withdraw new and “good-as-new” banknotes for their hongbao.
More than 200,000 people made use of their pop-up ATMs last year, a huge jump from 160,000 in 2018.
The pop-up ATMs have been in service from Wednesday (Jan 15) and are accessible 24 hours a day, except those at the Chong Pang and Teck Ghee community clubs. Those will be available from 9 am to 9.30 pm daily.
New banknotes can be withdrawn in sums of S$100 (50 S$2 notes), S$300 (30 S$10 notes), S$500 (10 S$50 notes) and S$600 (20 S$10 notes and eight S$50 notes).
Those who are not able to access any of the pop-up ATMs can get the notes at all DBS outlets, except for the DBS Marina Bay Sands and DBS Woodlands Service Centre branches.