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SINGAPORE - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Singapore. Exercise normal security precautions.
Travel Health Notice - Zika virus
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Singapore. See Health for more information.
Safety and security
Safety and security
There is a threat of terrorism in Singapore. The Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs has raised the country's alert level following the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Expect enhanced security measures and border checks. Remain vigilant at all times and continue to exercise normal security precautions.
The crime rate is relatively low, and violent crime against foreigners is rare. However, there have been some reports of robberies and sexual assaults. Petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occurs, especially at the airport, hotels, public transportation facilities and other areas frequented by tourists. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Crimes, including passport theft, should be reported to the local police and the High Commission of Canada.
Traffic drives on the left. Traffic regulations are strictly enforced.
Public transportation is widely available and considered safe.
The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines’ compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.
Pirate attacks and armed robberies occur against ships in and around Singapore, in the Strait of Malacca, and between Riau Province in Indonesia and Singapore. Mariners should take appropriate precautions. For additional information, consult the Live Piracy Report published by the International Maritime Bureau.
It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Singaporean authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Consulate of the Republic of Singapore for up-to-date information.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Singapore, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Canadians entering Singapore or transiting Singapore to neighbouring countries without a six-month validity remaining in their passports will not be granted entry. Officials at the High Commission of Canada in Singapore are limited in their ability to assist such Canadians.
Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Tourist visa: Not required (for stays of up to 30 days)
Business visa: Not required (for stays of up to 30 days)
Student visa: Required
The Singaporean Immigration and Checkpoints Authority may grant extensions of stay under certain circumstances. See Immigration & Checkpoints Authority for details.
Singapore immigration officials will progressively start to fingerprint all visitors upon arrival. Some exceptions apply, including for children under the age of 6, individuals with special permanent residency and diplomats on assignment to Singapore with a diplomatic visa. For more information, consult the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.
An onward or return ticket is required to visit Singapore. You may be asked to show proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Canadians planning to study, work or reside in Singapore for longer than six months must undergo a complete medical examination that includes a chest X-ray and a test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). All testing must be completed in Singapore. Issuance of an employment pass, long-term immigration pass or permanent residence will be subject to the outcome of the medical report. For inquiries related to health matters, contact the Singaporean Ministry of Health.
Singaporean authorities have implemented temperature screening at Changi International Airport of all travellers arriving from countries affected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus(MERS-CoV). If you fail the MERS-CoV test, you may be transported to a local hospital for diagnosis, isolated and treated (for up to 14 days) at your own cost.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the brain. It is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk is low for most travellers. Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to mosquito bites (e.g., spending a large amount of time outdoors) while travelling in regions with risk of Japanese encephalitis.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
- Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.
- There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada. It is important for travellers to contact a designated Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre well in advance of their trip to ensure that the vaccine is available.
About Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in Southeast Asia, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southeast Asia. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher for children, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
- Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- The risk of dengue is higher during the daytime, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika virus infection
Zika virus infection is a risk in this country. Recent or ongoing cases of Zika virus have been reported in this country.
All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites day and night.
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects such as abnormally small heads (microcephaly). Zika virus can also be sexually transmitted.
Travellers who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy:
- Should avoid travel to this country
- If travel cannot be avoided follow strict mosquito bite prevention measures.
- Talk to your health care professional about the risk of Zika infection in pregnancy.
- Use condoms or avoid having sex for the duration of the pregnancy, if you are pregnant and your partner has travelled to this country.
- Female travellers: wait at least 2 months after returning from this country before trying to conceive (get pregnant) to ensure that any possible Zika virus infection has cleared your body.
- Male travellers: wait 6 months after returning from this country before trying to conceive. Use condoms or avoid having sex during that time.
See travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in Southeastern Asia, like avian influenza and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that mainly affects infants and children. Travellers are at increased risk if visiting or living in overcrowded conditions. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against this disease.
Medical services and facilities
Excellent medical care is available. Medical services are costly, and payment is required up front.
Unrestricted burning in Sumatra and Kalimantan, in Indonesia, periodically causes atmospheric pollution (haze) to rise to unhealthy levels, especially from June to October. Levels change quickly and should be closely monitored. For more information on the air pollution in Singapore and daily health advisories on the haze situation, refer to the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
During the lunar month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Muslim calendar), use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset. In 2018, Ramadan is expected to begin on or around May 15.
For more information on the legal system in Singapore, consult the High Commission of Canada in Singapore.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are very strict and can include the death penalty.
All demonstrations and assemblies require a permit. Unauthorized demonstrations, even those involving one person, are illegal. The police can arrest any person without warrant if they are involved in or suspected of disrupting the public order. Foreigners who are not permanent residents of Singapore are prohibited from attending political demonstrations and assemblies, even as observers. Convicted offenders could be fined and/or face imprisonment. Avoid protest and political assembly sites such as Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park and large gatherings, and follow the advice of local authorities.
Singapore has strict laws and penalties against a variety of actions that may not be illegal or may be considered minor offences in Canada, including jaywalking, littering, spitting, smoking in public places, and importing and selling chewing gum. Chewing gum, eating and drinking on the Mass Rapid Transit system are illegal. “Outrages of modesty,” characterized as inappropriate behaviour by men toward women, carry a sentence of corporal punishment (such as caning), imprisonment for up to two years, a fine or a combination thereof.
Vandalism offences carry a mandatory sentence of corporal punishment.
Shoplifting is considered a serious offence.
The legal age for drinking and smoking is 18 years old. Consuming alcohol in public places between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m is illegal. Additional restrictions may be imposed in Liquor Control Zones. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence. Sentences can be up to 10 years in prison.
Singapore customs authorities enforce strict regulations on import and export of items such as weapons, illegal drugs, certain religious materials, pornographic materials, videotapes, CDs and DVDs, and software. Carrying any of these items without permission may result in immediate arrest. All luggage is X-rayed at ports of entry, and checked luggage may be inspected for regulated items.
Common-law relationships are not recognized. Individuals in common-law relationships may be requested to provide a certificate of non-impediment to marriage by the local immigration authorities. The High Commission of Canada may provide a certificate stating that the common-law relationship is recognized in Canada, but it cannot certify your common-law relationship.
A permit is required to carry certain medications (prescription and over-the-counter). For more information, consult Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority.
The laws of Singapore prohibit sexual acts (including kissing) between individuals of the same sex. LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Singapore.
See Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians abroad for more information.
Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Singapore. If local authorities consider you a Singaporean citizen, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services, thereby preventing Canadian consular officials from providing you with those services. You should always travel using your valid Canadian passport and present yourself as Canadian to foreign authorities at all times to minimize this risk. You may also need to carry and present a Singaporean passport for legal reasons, for example to enter and exit the country (see Entry/exit requirements to determine passport requirements). Citizenship is determined solely by national laws, and the decision to recognize dual citizenship rests completely with the country in which you are located when seeking consular assistance. See Travelling as a dual citizen for more information.
The currency is the Singaporean dollar (SGD). Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. Foreign exchange bureaus are available at the airport, hotels and some shopping centres. Automated banking machines (ABMs) are widely available.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Singapore is located in an active seismic zone.
There are two monsoon seasons per year. The northeast monsoon season extends from December to March, and the southeast monsoon season extends from June to September. Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides. Keep informed of regional weather forecasts, avoid disaster areas and follow the advice of local authorities.
Consult our Typhoons and monsoons page for more information.
Dial 999 for emergency assistance.
Singapore - High Commission of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Singapore and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. In the event of a large-scale emergency, every effort will be made to provide assistance. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
See Large-scale emergencies abroad for more information.
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