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Singapore Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

697 sq km (269 sq miles).

Population

5,696,506 (UN estimate 2016).

Population density

7,987.5 per sq km.

Capital

Singapore.

Government

Republic.

Head of state

President Halimah Yacob  since 2017.

Head of government

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong since 2004.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style plugs with three square pins are standard. Many hotels have 110-volt outlets.

Once routinely criticised for being dull, Singapore has reinvented itself as one of Southeast Asia’s most modern and dynamic cities. Melding together a mass of different cultures, cuisines and architectural styles, the city-state is now studded with vast new showpiece constructions to complement its colonial-era hotels and civic buildings. Cutting-edge tourist developments continue to spring up. Shopping avenues and underground malls throb with life, as do the food courts, the riverside bars and the temple-dotted outlying neighbourhoods. It’s never going to be Bangkok, but it’s doing a fantastic job of being Singapore.

Chinese, Indian, Malay and European influences all flow through daily life here. Boring? Hardly. It’s true to say, however, that the former British trading post and colony still has a reputation for its cleanliness (it’s still panned for its seemingly petty regulations, such as the banning of chewing gum). Likewise, levels of serious crime are very low. It’s worth pointing out, too, that Singapore’s cultural mix has left it with a genuinely world-class food scene – and you won’t need to spend big to eat well.

Recent years have seen the city really pushing for recognition as an international tourist destination in its own right, rather than as a convenient stopover. Significant investment has resulted in developments such as Marina Bay Sands, the three-towered skyscraper that now stands as Singapore’s centrepiece; Resorts World Sentosa, which is home to a Universal Studios theme park; and Gardens by the Bay, a remarkable project complete with “supertrees” and two colossal plant domes.

More traditional attractions include the designer malls of Orchard Road, the exotic clatter of Chinatown and Little India and the elegance of Raffles Hotel, still standing proud more than 125 years after being built. On the subject of hotels, Singapore now offers one of the best spreads of high-end accommodation in the region: a sign, amongst other things, of its ambition to keep visitors flooding in. It’s likely to succeed.

Travel Advice

Coronavirus travel health

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Singapore.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. Information on local testing facilities is available.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Singapore

See the Singapore Government website for the latest on the COVID-19 situation and measures in place to curb its spread.

If you do not comply with these measures you could be fined, imprisoned, or both, then deported. Repeat offenders will face further fines and/or prosecution. Be aware that restrictions and penalties are subject to change at short notice.

Public spaces and services

Face masks

You must wear a face mask in public. Some exceptions are: children under 6 years old; anyone eating, drinking or taking medication; or anyone engaged in strenuous exercise. You could be fined, imprisoned, or both if you are found not wearing a face mask without a valid reason.

The Health Sciences Authority’s guide on face masks recommends that masks have at least 2 to 3 layers of fabric.

Trace Together and Health Alerts via SMS

You’ll need to scan in and out of many places using the Trace Together phone app or token. TraceTogether and fully vaccinated status is required to enter public places including:

  • public buildings
  • shopping centres and malls
  • schools
  • workplaces
  • places of worship

Short term foreign visitors must download the TraceTogether app on their phones and activate it while in Singapore. Mobile phones and/or local tourist SIM cards can be rented/purchased at Changi Airport to enable visitors to do so.

TraceTogether tokens can be rented for children aged 7-12 or those with disabilities. See the TraceTogether for Travellers page on the SafeTravel website for complete information.

If you are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case as part of this contract tracing system, you may receive a health alert via SMS and need to be tested. It is a legal requirement to follow the COVID-19 instructions given to you by the Singapore government.

Vaccination status

To enter most public places, anyone over 12 years old must be recognised as fully vaccinated by the Singapore government’s definition. You’re considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you’ve completed the required doses of any of the vaccines listed below:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca (CoviShield)
  • Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Sinovac or Sinopharm

You’ll need to show your TraceTogether app or token as proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter.

Singapore’s Vaccine Booster Programme now includes those 12 years old and above. If you fail to get your booster shots within 270 days after your final dose of the primary series, you will lose your fully-vaccinated status. See section on booster shots.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will not be able to enter shopping malls or public attractions, visit someone in hospital, or to dine or drink in restaurants, hawker centres, cafes or bars.

Quarantine and home recovery

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will initially be required to isolate at your hotel or residential accommodation. Instructions on what to do next depend on whether you are well or unwell. Details are on Singapore’s Living with COVID-19 page.

Work

Offices can have up to 50% staff capacity. Social gatherings at work are not allowed. Social distancing rules still apply.

If you are unvaccinated, you are not allowed to go into work at all.

From 1st February 2022 vaccination is required to obtain or renew a long-term pass, work pass or Permanent Residency.

Details on workplace matters are under Advisories on COVID-19 on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Social gatherings and dining out

When meeting up with friends or family:

  • keep group sizes to a maximum of five people, including for outdoor exercise (larger groups are possible in organised classes or teams but pre-activity tests may be required)
  • a maximum of five different people (‘unique visitors’) can visit you at home in one day
  • a maximum of five people can dine out at restaurants together if they are fully vaccinated and can provide the necessary proof of vaccination
  • limit social gatherings to one per day, whether at home or in a public place
  • keep a distance of one metre from each other

If safe distancing is not possible - while on public transport, for example - avoid speaking to each other or talking on the phone.

For guidelines on measures, visit the Ministry of Health or gov.sg websites.

Healthcare in Singapore

For contact details for English speaking doctors, see our list of healthcare providers. English is almost universally spoken in Singapore, so all hospitals – whether private or public – will have English-speaking medical staff.

For a complete list of healthcare institutions in Singapore, see the HCI directory.

Anyone requiring a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test can get it from one of the clinics approved by the Ministry of Health. These clinics issue digital test result certificates. You should have these digital certificates notarised before you travel.

You can also get COVID-19 tests at Combined Test Centres (for PCR and ART tests) and Quick Test Centres (for self-paid ART tests). These tests are not valid for overseas travel.

If you’d like to do a self-test at home, you can buy Antigen Rapid Tests from retailers and chemists. There’s a list of self-test kits authorised for use in Singapore on the Health Sciences Authority website.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Singapore.

If you need some emotional support during this period, you can call one of these numbers:

  • National Care Hotline: 1800 202 6868
  • Samaritans of Singapore: 1800 221 4444
  • Mental Health Helpline (Institute of Mental Health): 6389 2222

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Singapore

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Singapore announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

Vaccination programme eligibility

The Singapore national vaccination programme has approved vaccination for those aged 5 years and older, with children eligible for children’s doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The following foreigners are part of the government’s vaccination programme:

  • permanent residents (PR)
  • employment pass (EP) holders
  • S Pass holders
  • work permit holders
  • foreign domestic workers
  • dependant’s pass holders
  • long-term visit pass (LTVP) holders
  • student pass holders

Certain categories of short-term pass holders can also be vaccinated. You should check the guidelinesto see if you qualify and to find out how you can register. Vaccination using Pfizer-BioNTech (also known as Comirnaty), Moderna and Sinovac is free of charge. Vaccination with other vaccine brands may be possible at private clinics for a fee.

Booster shots

From 14th February 2022, those aged 18 and above are considered fully vaccinated if the final dose of the primary vaccination series was received in the last 270 days. From 14th March 2022, this rule will include those aged 12 years and above.

If you fail to receive a booster shot within 270 days after the final dose of the primary vaccination series, you will not be considered fully vaccinated. Visit the Vaccine Booster Programme section of the Ministry of Health website for more information.

A Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme exists to cover any vaccine related impacts on health. This is available for residents and long-term pass holders who were vaccinated in Singapore with Pfizer, Moderna and Sinovac.

Updating your vaccination status in Singapore

If you were vaccinated abroad, you can update your records in Singapore if:

  • you’re a resident or long-term pass holder
  • you were vaccinated outside of Singapore with one of these vaccines: Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Covishield), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinovac, or Sinopham
  • you agree to pay for and take a serology test in Singapore

Once confirmed, you’ll be recognised as vaccinated on Singapore’s TraceTogether app/token. See the Ministry of Health’s FAQs page for more information.

The local authorities have warned that vaccine-related scams exist.

For any questions about vaccination in Singapore, you should see the Ministry of Health website or call their hotline on 1800-333-9999.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Singapore, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Proof of vaccination: within Singapore

Once vaccinated in Singapore, your vaccination status is recorded in the national ‘TraceTogether’ app/token. This can be shown at venues or events which require your vaccination status to enter.

Proof of vaccination: digital vaccine certificate

If you’re registered as vaccinated in Singapore and need a digital vaccine certificate (with a QR code) for overseas travel, you can:

  • visit notarise.gov.sg and log in using your SingPass account. If you don’t have a SingPass account, log in with your passport number
  • choose the type of document you need
  • follow the step-by-step guide

A PDF version of your vaccination certificate with a QR code will be sent to you by email.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

Check the Singapore Ministry of Health website for full details of Singapore’s coronavirus response and restrictions.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Crime

Be aware of the risk of street crime, in particular bag snatching. Take care of your passport. Leave valuables in a hotel safe if possible. Don’t leave valuables in unattended vehicles.

Violent crime is rare.

Road travel

Road conditions in Singapore are generally good. If you’re involved in an accident, you should remain at the scene until the police have arrived.

You can drive in Singapore using a UK driving licence if you’re on a short term visitor pass. If you’re staying in Singapore on a longer term pass or become a Permanent Resident you should get a Singaporean Driving Licence.

Driving under the influence of alcohol carries serious penalties and can include a fine or imprisonment. The traffic police regularly carry out breath tests.

Air travel

The Singaporean authorities will prosecute cases of air rage within their jurisdiction.

Sea travel

There have been attacks against ships in and around the waters of Singapore and the Malacca Straits. Be vigilant and take appropriate precautions. Reduce opportunities for theft, establish secure areas onboard and report all incidents to the coastal and flag state authorities.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Singapore.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.

Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. The Singaporean government has put in place extensive measures to combat terrorism and has arrested a number of terrorist suspects.

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

On-the-spot fines are common and can be given for a wide range of behaviours which are tolerated in the UK. You can be fined for littering and for smoking in some public places. It’s also illegal to import chewing gum into the country, except for certain medical chewing gums.

Drunk and disorderly conduct

Drunk and disorderly conduct is a serious crime in Singapore. You should drink responsibly and know your limits.

Depending on the severity of the crime, convicted offenders may face up to S$5,000 (about £2,500) in fines, up to 15 years’ imprisonment, or caning.

Drinking in public places

It’s illegal to drink alcohol in a public place between the hours of 10.30pm and 7am, except in restaurants, bars and cafes (note this is also currently prohibited as part of Singapore’s pandemic response measures), the outdoor areas of private condominiums and chalets, and at outdoor events that have obtained a permit.

Geylang and Little India are designated as ‘Liquor Control Zones’. Drinking in public places is prohibited all weekend, on public holidays and on the eve of public holidays. If you ignore this, you could be fined up to S$1,000 (approximately £500). Repeat offenders could be fined up to S$2,000 (about £1,000) or sent to prison for up to 3 months.

E-cigarettes and smoking

You cannot bring vaporisers, like e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-cigars and refills into the country. These items are likely to be confiscated, and you could be fined or sent to prison.

The minimum age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of all tobacco products in Singapore is 21 years old. Failure to comply carries fines. Along Orchard Road smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Visa overstay

Penalties for overstaying your visa include fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment (caning) and deportation depending on the length of overstay.

LGBT

Male homosexual acts are illegal in Singapore, but in a statement to Parliament in 2007 Singapore’s Prime Minister said that ‘the government does not act as moral policemen’ and that ‘we do not proactively enforce’ the law on this issue. Openly gay and lesbian support groups and social venues exist. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

Outrage of modesty

You should avoid any action that could be interpreted as molestation. Scams involving false claims of molestation are thought to exist. Penalties for convicted offenders include a fine, imprisonment, and/or corporal punishment (caning).

Death penalty

The death penalty exists for certain offences, including murder and drug trafficking. Trafficking is defined by possession of drugs above a certain amount (500g in the case of cannabis). There are severe penalties for all drug offences in Singapore, including possession. The Misuse of Drugs Act sets out the definitions.

Retention of passports during police investigations

If you’re the subject of a police investigation, your passport will be confiscated by the authorities. It will be returned to you once the investigation has concluded (if you’re convicted, it will be returned after you have served your sentence).

Investigations can take anywhere from a few days to many months, depending on the crime. In most cases, you aren’t allowed to leave Singapore while the investigation is ongoing. You must be able to support yourself financially during this period. The British High Commission cannot interfere in these investigations, nor negotiate the release of your passport.

Dual nationals and Permanent Residents

Singapore doesn’t recognise dual nationality beyond the age of 21. The following are liable for National Service:

  • all male Singapore citizens (including dual citizens below 21)
  • all male children granted Permanent Resident (PR) status as part of their parents’ PR application

Specific questions regarding National Service issues can be put to Singapore’s Central Manpower base: contact@ns.sg 

For further information see the following websites for Singapore - Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and  Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

Others

Disrespecting public servants is treated seriously by the police.

A police permit is needed for any outdoor public assembly or procession. You should avoid street gatherings and public demonstrations as they might be illegal. Filming an illegal public gathering is also forbidden, as is the wearing or displaying of any ‘cause related’ material without permission.

Approval is needed for a foreign national to give a talk on ‘racial, communal, religious, caused-related or political topics’.

The public display of national flags or national emblems is illegal except where a specific exemption has been granted.

Both public and private Jehovah’s Witness meetings are illegal in Singapore. It is also against the law to possess any Jehovah’s Witness publication, including a Jehovah’s Witness bible. Similar measures exist against the Unification Church and the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

Thorough checks may be carried out on departing travellers’ vehicles. Fingerprints may be scanned at border exit points.

The use of false ID is illegal.

There is zero tolerance for bribery. Any attempt to bribe or to otherwise prevent an official from carrying out their duties can result in arrest.

Acts of vandalism including graffiti carry harsh penalties such as fines, imprisonment and caning.

There are strict laws regarding rental of short-term accommodation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Singapore on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Singapore.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Medication

Some prescribed and over the counter medicines available in the UK are considered controlled substances in Singapore. Check to see whether you need approval from the Health Sciences Authority to bring in medication from the UK.

Not all medicines from the UK are available in Singapore. Make sure you have a prescription from your GP, then take it to a doctor in Singapore who may be able to issue a prescription for a local equivalent. See the HCI Directory for a listing of licensed healthcare institutions.

Medical treatment

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 995 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Healthcare in Singapore is of a high quality and expensive. You should take enough medication to cover your stay and carry it in your hand baggage. Not all UK prescribed drugs are available in Singapore. Some over-the-counter medications need a prescription. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and that your travel insurance also covers costs for medical repatriation.

Air quality

From June to October Singapore can experience high levels of pollution (haze) from land clearance fires in Indonesia. The haze can cause disruption to local and regional air travel, and the air pollution may have an impact on public health. Keep up-to-date with local information and seek medical advice on appropriate precautions. You should monitor the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) updates and health advisories from the Singapore government.

Health risks

Mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and chikungunya virus occur all year round. You should take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

UK health authorities have classified Singapore as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is common in Singapore with more serious outbreaks from time to time. Young children are particularly at risk.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Singapore set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Singapore

There are entry restrictions into Singapore from third countries, see Singapore’s Safe Travel website for updated information.

Only Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enter Singapore without prior permission. See Entry permission guidelines.

If you’re a long-term resident (holder of an employment pass, S Pass, work permit, foreign domestic work permit, long-term visit pass, or student pass), you may enter Singapore without travelling on a Vaccinated Travel Lane if you are fully vaccinated and if the Singapore government has approved your application to enter. See Singapore’s Safe Travel website for updated information.

Singapore has introduced varying entry permissions depending on your vaccination status, country of origin, and purpose of visit (such as on compassionate/medical grounds). You should use the self-help tool on the Safe Travel website to see which permissions you need. Sign up to the Safe Travel Concierge to create a travel checklist and get updates on any changes.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Singapore will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

The digital vaccination certificates issued by certain countries are accepted.

From 14th February 2022, those aged 18 and above are considered fully vaccinated if the final dose of the primary vaccination series was receive in the last 270 days.

From 14th March 2022, this rule will include those aged 12 years and above.

If you fail to receive a booster shot within 270 days after the final dose of the primary vaccination series, you will not be considered fully vaccinated. Visit the Vaccine Booster Programme section of the Ministry of Health website for more information.

Entry permission guidelines

Entry using the Vaccinated Travel Lane

Vaccinated travellers can enter Singapore from some countries without the need to quarantine by using a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight.

Land entry from Malaysia on VTL buses is currently only open to Malaysian and Singaporean citizens. There are specific guidelines and documents needed for travel to Singapore on a VTL flight.

Read the VTL pages on SafeTravel, including the checklists and FAQs, very carefully before submitting an application.

You must be fully vaccinated and have a valid proof of vaccination.

Those aged 12 to 15 years old who have received only one dose are not recognised as vaccinated by Singapore. They cannot travel on a Vaccinated Travel Lane flight.

Make sure that you are booked on a VTL flight. If you’re issued a Vaccinated Travel Pass but arrive on a non-VTL flight, you may be denied entry. Travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 is required. You can get this from an insurance provider of your choice or one of those listed on the SafeTravel website.

Before you travel, make sure to have hard copies of all documents found on the VTL Checklist. Remember to get a PCR test or professionally administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) within two days before your flight to Singapore.

You’ll need to take these tests in Singapore:

  • an on-arrival PCR test at Changi Airport – advance booking and payment required
  • ARTs (self-administered) on Days 2-7 after arrival if you plan to leave your place of residence at any point during that day. Here’s a list of self-test kits authorised for use in Singapore.

If you are fully vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19 (certified positive between 7-90 days before departure) and have documentary proof of this you may be eligible for a waiver of all border measures upon arrival in Singapore. You can use the self-check tool to confirm eligibility.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will initially be required to isolate at your hotel or residential accommodation. Instructions on what to do next depend on whether you are well or unwell. Details can be found here.

Complete details for these procedures are on the VTL pages on the SafeTravel website.

Specific questions around travel to Singapore can be submitted on the SafeTravel Enquiry form.

Entry without using the Vaccinated Travel Lane

There are different guidelines for those wishing to enter Singapore without using the Vaccinated Travel Lane. Visit the SafeTravel website.

Read these guidelines carefully before submitting an application to enter Singapore.

These guidelines can change at short notice, so you should visit the Safe Travel and Ministry of Health websites for up-to-date information.

All work pass holders must comply with all Singapore government regulations or face their passes being revoked and/or fines/jail.

Entry for foreign crew for ships and small vessels/pleasure craft

There are other measures in place for foreign crew working on ships, small vessels or pleasure crafts at one of Singapore’s marinas. See the section on air/sea crew and pleasure craft owners of the SafeTravel website for complete guidelines.

Check with your employer or agent for any specific COVID-19 measures in place at the marina.

Quarantine requirements

Testing and quarantine rules vary depending on a number of factors. Visit the SafeTravel website for complete information.

Everyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival. Post arrival quarantine requirements vary depending on the country you are arriving from. Travellers from some destinations not arriving on a Vaccinated Travel Lane can self-quarantine at home (‘Stay at Home Notice’ or SHN). Others will need to do so at a designated facility. Visit the Safe Travel website for more details.

Those aged over 12 under home quarantine may need to wear an electronic tag for the duration of their quarantine period. The tags are about the size of a watch and are worn on the wrist.

You must follow the quarantine rules. The quarantine period cannot be shortened even if you wish to leave Singapore.

If you are placed on an SHN or under quarantine, follow the instructions of the authorities carefully. Failure to comply carries a fine and a jail term of up to six months.

Everyone arriving in Singapore can bring in a maximum of 20 self-test kits per person if the kits have been approved for use in their country of embarkation. The importation of self-test kits through parcel post is banned. It is an offence to import self-test kits for onward supply without permission.

Transiting Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport allows transit of passengers only in certain circumstances. Check with your airline before travelling via Singapore.

You should also familiarise yourself with transit procedures for Changi Airport before travelling. Transit passengers will need to show a negative COVID-19 test. You’ll need to take the test within two days before your flight to Singapore.

The type of test required – polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen rapid test (ART) – will depend on your travel history. Full guidelines are on the Transiting through Singapore page of the SafeTravel website.

COVID-19 tests are not available airside, so make sure you take the right test that meets the requirements of the airline and your country of destination.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

You don’t normally need a visa to enter Singapore for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, business or social visits. You may be eligible to enter Singapore using the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) under the Frequent Traveller Programme.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Singapore. If you’re intending to transit Singapore to neighbouring countries, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. You may be refused entry or turned away by airlines if your passport does not meet this requirement.

Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing. Make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Singapore. Being refused entry can result in significant cost and a long stay at the airport.

Travelling while pregnant

Women who are more than six months pregnant no longer need to get permission before travelling, but the final decision on the length of stay permitted rests with the immigration officer on arrival. Prior entry clearance is needed for women intending to give birth in Singapore. You can apply at the High Commission for the Republic of Singapore in London or the nearest Singapore Embassy/High Commission if you’re not in the UK.

Customs regulations

Importing certain controlled drugs and pirated copyright material is prohibited and there are restrictions on entering with items like replica guns, radio communications equipment, and weapons and ammunition (including empty cartridge cases and air guns). For more information visit the travellers section of the Singapore Customs government website.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Arriving from the Middle East

If you’re arriving from an airport in the Middle East, you may be subject to screening for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). If you display symptoms, you may face quarantine or further testing.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Singapore. Your ETD should be valid for at least 6 months. No visa is needed on an ETD when entering or transiting Singapore.

The local currency is the Singapore Dollar, but there is a reciprocal arrangement with Brunei to accept their local currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and department stores. Some shops and services no longer accept coins and notes. Credit card fraud is not a major problem in Singapore, but you should check your statements carefully.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we cannot provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or cannot offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Registering your travel details with us

We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.

Previous versions of FCDO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you cannot find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice team a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.