Hurry, get your new notes for Chinese New Year

January has already flown by, which means Chinese New Year is just round the corner.

Of course, going for reunion dinners and gambling is fun and all, but everyone knows the best part is actually receiving ang baos.


Giving ang baos surely just isn’t as fun, but at the end of the day, it’s still a tradition to share and pass on to the younger ones.

A huge part of ang bao giving is making sure the notes you give are brand new.


Sure, new notes aren’t worth more than new ones but mint, crisp notes are the most desirable as they signify good luck.

At MustShareNews, we realise it must be such a chore to deal with long lines at the bank, only to realise the bank is out of notes, and you’ve already wasted half your day.

So we’ve come up with a comprehensive list of ways to get your fresh notes, while saving as much time possible.


For the fourth year in a row, DBS and POSB will have pop-up ATMs stationed at community clubs all around Singapore. 27 locations, to be exact.

The news only gets better, because the pop-ups are going to operate for 24 hours*, from now until 15 February.

Check out the Community Club locations below, if you’re too lazy to find out yourself:

Central/South East North North-East North-West West
Kreta Ayer Pasir Ris East Canberra Potong Pasir Zhenghua Boon Lay
Toa Payoh Central Pasir Ris Elias Nee Soon South Sengkang Hillview West Coast
Henderson Tampines North Chong Pang The Serangoon Bukit Panjang Ayer Rajah
MacPherson Changi Simeo Ci Yuan Yew Tee Clementi
Whampoa Bedok Keat Hong Jurong Spring

*All locations except Chong Pang Community Club, which will only operate from 9am to 10pm.
**Information based on DBS’s official website.

At the pop-up ATMs, denominations of $2, $10 and $50 will be available.

Take note, as the maximum withdrawal is $500 ($10 x 20 pieces and $50 x 6 pieces). For an extensive list of of withdrawal denominations, check them out below:

Amount Maximum Amount
$100 $2 x 50 pieces
$200 $2 x 100 pieces
$300 $2 x 50 pieces
$10 x 20 pieces
$300 $10 x 10 pieces
$500 $50 x 10 pieces
$500 $10 x 20 pieces
$50 x 6 pieces




What an exciting time to be alive, because you can make a reservation of up to $2,800 online, and collect it at a DBS branch.

We’ve even listed out the denominations for you:

Denomination Amount options
$2 notes $200, $400, $600, $800
$10 notes $500, $1000
$50 notes $500, $750, $1000



Collection starts from 31 Jan, and ends on 14 Feb.

If all else fails, or you just like to walk into the bank old-school and just queue up for your notes, you can just check the availability of notes at the branch you want to head to, via SMS.

Here’s an easy step-by-step of how to do this:

SMS ‘1’ to the branch number of your desire to find out if new notes are available. If the notes are available, press ‘Q’  to get a queue number. Head down to the branch you’ve chosen when your queue number is almost up. Easy.

Bonus: Here’s the full list of branch numbers you can SMS.

Double bonus: Use Paylah to deposit money on 4 February, which is Li Chun, and stand a chance to win $88.

2. Maybank

Good news for Maybank customers, you can make your reservations via Maybank Online Banking, too. This is on a first-come first-serve basis, so fastest fingers get the denominations they’re looking for.

You can get up to two bundles of $500 each, coming in sets as $10 x 30 pieces and $2 x 100 pieces.

For those of you that really like giving ang baos in 8s, you can get up to 400 pieces of $2 notes.


At physical branches, make sure you go early, as $5, $10 and $50 denominations are subject to availability. So once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Bonus: Branches at Clementi, Jurong Point, nex, Yishun and Waterway Point will operate from 11.00am-1.30pm on 15 February. All other Maybank branches will operate from 9.15am-12.15pm.

3. UOB

Sadly, UOB won’t be having pop-up ATMs around the island.

However, they are taking online reservations from customers for in-store collection.

You’ll be able to reserve notes in bundles of $800. Collection will be available from 5 February, and you’ll be able to pick your notes up from a branch of your choice.

Bonus: All full service branches will have notes available for collection, except Tampines One.

4. Banks without online reservations

Customers with Standard Chartered or OCBC, your luck might be running a little low this year. These three banks won’t be having any pop-ups or online reservations.

Fret not, as you’ll still be able to get your crisp notes at their banks.

Just take note of their opening hours leading up to Chinese New Year, so you’re able to get your notes in time.


With OCBC, it’s really easy to check note availability on their website, for every branch. They’ve even categorised it by the different denominations and red packets.

Each customer will be able to withdraw $500 worth of new notes. For $2 notes, that’s limited to $400 per customer.


To reduce your waiting time, you can take a digital queue ticket with OCBC Mobile Banking.

Standard Chartered

At Standard Chartered branches, you’ll be able to exchange a maximum of $1,000 in new notes for non-account holders.

For those that have current and saving accounts with Standard Chartered, there is no limit on the amount of notes you can exchange. That makes waiting in line worth it, for sure.


Sounds too good to be true, but as long as they have new notes available, you’ll be able to exchange them with no limit.

Take it easy

At the end of it all, Chinese New Year is about being with family and friends, rather than anything else.

So don’t let the long lines or any potential shortages of new notes make you angry, keep calm and carry on.

And if all the tips that we’ve shared are followed, you’ll successfully have your new notes early enough that you don’t have to stress about it. Hopefully. After all, more time saved means more time spent with family and friends, right?

So here’s the MustShareNews team wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year!

Featured image by Veryfatoldman.