Singapore Travel Advice
As a tourist destination for millions of visitors every year, the city is easily navigable for most, especially for those who speak English or Chinese. With many international business operations, trade, finance, tourism, and shopping, Singapore attracts visitors from around the world. Transportation within Singapore is efficient and convenient. Singapore is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
- Most visitors entering Singapore do not need a visa if they are staying for 30 days or less. Visitors must have at least six months' validity on their passports beyond the date of departure from Singapore. Six months' validity is also required if you are transiting Singapore to a neighboring country.
- Women who are 6 or more months pregnant must receive permission to enter before the time of travel. Permission is also required before travel for those who will give birth in Singapore.
- The weather in Singapore is normally quite hot and humid, so visitors should take care to avoid over-exertion and dehydration.
- The local laws are quite different from those of western countries regarding punishments. Singapore is renowned for its strict laws for seemingly innocuous offences, such as littering or chewing gum. The punishments for many offences are extremely harsh.
- Smoking is not allowed in public places like parks, restaurants, and bars.
- Terrorism remains a concern for Singapore, as incidents have occurred in neighboring countries in recent years. As a result, vigilance is advisable for those patronizing areas popular with expatriates and tourists.
- It is also advisable for visitors to avoid public gatherings or demonstrations, as the government has strict rules for such events.
- Visitors should be aware that drug trafficking offences carry the death penalty, and corporal punishment is still often used for a variety of infractions.
- Crime in Singapore is very rare. Instances of crime are usually for minor theft.
While Singapore has an excellent healthcare system in place, many kinds of over-the-counter medications that are available in other countries may not be available in Singapore without a prescription. It is recommended to bring whatever over-the-counter medications you may need with you.
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