The world’s only island city-state, Singapore is a playground for travellers.
A stopover hub for flights across Asia, Singapore has many sights not to be missed. Tourism is a major industry, and the small island attracts more than three times its population in tourists each year!
At some point during their trip to Singapore, travellers should stroll through Orchard Road district, the entertainment and shopping hub of the country. Whether window shopping or real shopping, Orchard Road is an opportunity to bask in the liveliness and lights of more than a dozen shopping centres.
Garden lovers will be in paradise in Singapore. The Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Bird Park, and Gardens by the Bay are not to be missed, with the latter boasting larger-than-life “supertree” structures that serve as vertical gardens and other areas that mimic of the climate of regions around the world.
Nowhere so is Singapore’s ethnic diversity more alive than in its cuisine. Chinese, Malay, and Tamil influence can each be found in Singapore’s many hawker centres, huge open-air complexes where groups of people gather to eat.
Whatever you end up doing, Singapore is certainly more than a stopover destination.
The Public Health Agency recommends speaking with a travel medicine specialist about the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A: Spread to humans through contaminated food and water or coming into contact with an infected person, hepatitis A can be a serious risk.
- Hepatitis B: This contagious liver disease is endemic in Singapore. It is contracted through the exchange of bodily fluids or contact with contaminated needles or acupuncture and piercing tools.
- Japanese Encephalitis: This virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is present in many Asian countries including Singapore. Vaccination is recommended for those who may visit the outskirts of the country.
- Measles:Still present in Singapore, the measeles vaccine is recommended for Canadian travellers.
- Typhoid Fever: Travellers to Singapore should take food and water precautions. This will help mitigate the risk of contracting this bacterial infection.
For more details on any of the above vaccinations, visit our detailed travel vaccination pages or make an appointment with your International Health Passport travel Specialist. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.
Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate and there is virtually no change in temperature throughout the year. The humidity and rainfall levels also remain similar. The daily average during the year sits at 26 to 27º Celsius, though April and May are known to be a bit hotter.
The monsoon season lasts from November to January.
Singapore’s strict laws mean crime against foreigners is quite rare. As always, it is important to keep a close eye on your belongings, especially in areas that may be frequented by tourists such as hotels, the airport, and other public transportation hubs. Pickpockets may target these areas.
The Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs raised the country’s alert level following the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris. While a new alert has been issued, the risk of terrorism in Singapore remains low.
Singapore is notorious for its strict slate of rules that cover offences ranging from minor to severe by Italy’s judicial standards.
For example, littering, jaywalking, smoking in public areas, and chewing gum are all considered criminal offences. Behaviour deemed inappropriate between a man and a woman can carry the threat of imprisonment for up to two years. Shoplifting is considered a serious offence.
It is recommended travellers review Singapore’s laws before travelling to the country.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Singapore:
- Travel documents: Singapore immigration may ask to see proof of an onward ticket upon arrival. In addition, they may ask for proof of sufficient funds for your stay. This can be proven by printing a recent bank statement.
- Portable umbrella: Singapore’s weather is notoriously temperamental. Carry a small umbrella to protect yourself from the spontaneous thunder and rain storms that often occur.
- A sweater or scarf: Despite never experiencing winter conditions, Singapore’s malls and hotels blast their air conditioning. Be prepared to be hit by a wave of cold when you enter from the street. This is especially true of movie theatres.
- Comfortable shoes: Singapore is a great city to wander. Whether it’s a comfortable pair of flip flops (ideal during rain showers) or a set of slip-on runners (good for removing quickly before entering temples or mosques), your feet will thank you.
- Light clothing: Singapore’s conditions are very humid. Light clothing will keep you cool and will dry faster if it does get sweaty.
All Italians visiting Singapore should register with the Italian Embassy in Singapore before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation. If you plan to purchase a local SIM card you can also enter your phone number to receive SMS updates from the office.
Ambasciata d'Italia a Singapore
101 Thomson Road
#27-02 United Square
Tel: (65) 62506022
24/7 Emergency line: +65 90629004
Visit the Embassy website prior to your departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
Italians do not require a tourist visa for visits of up to 30 days. Travellers must have a passport that is valid for at least six months past the intended date of departure. This may even be required for those transiting through Singapore.
Travellers should have an onward or return ticket out of Singapore and may be asked to prove evidence of sufficient funds while in the country.
If you have any questions about travelling to Singapore or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment by calling +39 392 0056499 or book online now.