What do you need to travel to Singapore?
Are you considering traveling to Singapore soon?
Both a city and a state, the sunny tropical island located at the southern tip of Continental Asia and almost the size of New York City, attracts millions of tourists and business executives every year.
Strategically located at the heart of South East Asia, it has become a global hub for business.
But that’s not all. From its captivating history and spectacular world heritage-listed Botanic Garden to its unique melting pot of cultures and traditions, Singapore has a lot to offer visitors.
So, without further ado, let’s review the key things you need to know before traveling to Singapore so that you can enjoy a smooth and unforgettable trip!
Requirements To Visit Singapore
Here’s a list of key requirements for visitors traveling to Singapore.
The Singapore High Commission requires travelers entering Singapore to hold a passport with a minimum of six months validity from their date of arrival in the country.
For instance, if you’re planning to travel to Singapore on January 1, 2024, your passport should not expire before June 2, 2024. Therefore, if your passport is about to expire within six months of your arrival date, you need to renew it before departure.
You’ll also need to prove that you have sufficient funds to sustain your living expenses during your stay in the country, along with evidence that you will return to your destination, such as a round-trip flight ticket.
Singapore Tourist Visa
If you’re planning to visit Singapore for less than 90 days, you won’t need a visa. However, you’ll need to apply for a Singapore Arrival Card in order to enter the country. You’ll find more information on applying for an SG Arrival Card, here.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated with WHO EUL vaccines are required to hold travel insurance offering cover for COVID-19-related medical expenses as a condition of entry. If you’ve been fully vaccinated with a WHO EUL vaccine, you’re still strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance with a policy that covers you for at least S$30,000 regarding any COVD-19-related medical expenses.
Here’s a list of the best travel insurance in Singapore.
The country’s official currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD). To differentiate the Singapore dollar from other dollar-based currencies, Singaporeans add an “S” in front of the dollar sign. You can check the daily exchange rate against the American dollar or any other currency on Xe.com.
Things You Need To Know When Traveling To Singapore
Is Singapore Open To Tourists?
As of April 26, 2022, all travelers fully vaccinated with WHO EUL vaccines can enter Singapore without the need for pre-approvals, pre-departure tests, or quarantine. Children under 12 years of age can enter Singapore regardless of their vaccination status. If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to hold travel insurance with a S$30,000 minimum coverage for medical expenses.
Do You Need A Transit Visa In Singapore?
All travelers must submit their SGA card before entering Singapore except travelers transiting or transferring through the country without seeking immigration clearance. So, if you’re considering stopping for a few hours to visit the city or staying overnight to rest, you’ll need to submit your SG Arrival Card.
Vaccines, Health, and Covid-19 Restrictions
If you fly from a country where the risk of yellow fever transmission still exists, you must show proof of vaccination (Vaccination Certificate).
How To Travel Around Singapore?
Singapore is a modern city with a fast and reliable public transport system. Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and bus networks were mapped out to make it easy for travelers and locals alike to travel around the city.
For instance, most of the city’s landmarks are just a stone’s throw away from an MRT station, making trains an efficient way to explore Singapore. You’ll find more information on the train and bus networks on the SMRT Trains and SBS Transit website. Also, to save time and money, check out the Singapore Tourist Pass.
Note that you can easily get around by taxi, ridesharing apps, and bicycle with an extensive network of cycling paths.
Safety in Singapore
If you’re looking for a safe country to travel to, look no further. Singapore consistently ranks at the top of the safest country indexes. For instance, the country ranked number one on the Safety Perception Index and in the top ten on the Global Peace Index.
However, like in any big city in the world, you could still be targeted by pickpockets. They typically operate around tourist spots and in crowded areas, so keep your eyes open, and avoid displaying your valuables.
When Is The Best Time To Travel To Singapore?
Singapore is, without a doubt, a year-round destination. Weather-wise, the best time to visit is between December and June. That’s because it’s the dry season with the lowest amount of rainfall. However, during the low season (August to November), while heavy rainfalls can happen in the evenings, the city hosts incredible cultural gatherings such as Ghost Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival.
Travel Tips When Traveling To Singapore
Now that you know the requirements to enter the city-state, here are five tips when traveling to Singapore for the first time:
- Tap water is safe to drink in Singapore so bring a reusable water bottle to fill up on the go.
- The best view in town is, without a doubt, the one that can be enjoyed on top of the famous Marina Bay Sand. While the infinity pool is reserved for hotel guests, you can still access the observation deck located on the 56th floor. You’ll find tickets here.
- Singapore tends to be hot and humid all year round. Temperatures vary between 76°F to 89°F and rarely go below 75°F. That’s why we recommend packing lightweight clothes and a rain jacket.
- Singapore is an expensive city, and one of the best ways to save money is to eat at your local hawker centres (large food courts offering authentic local dishes and cuisines from all around the world).
- Singapore is known for its strict laws and regulations, hence its low crime rate. So, as a traveler, you need to familiarize yourself with the country’s rules. For instance, throwing a cigarette butt on the street or sticking chewing gum on public property may result in a fine. What’s more, drug use can see you incarcerated for up to 10 years and heavily fined.
And that’s a wrap for today!
We hope this guide on traveling to Singapore will provide plenty of insightful information and allow you to plan the perfect trip to the “Garden City”!