Official Global Travel Advisories
- Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice
- Avoid all cruise ship travel outside Canada until further notice
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Safety and security
Safety and security
COVID-19 - Preventative measures and restrictions
In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions.
These could include:
- curfews, movement restrictions, or lockdowns
- the obligation to wear a face-covering or a surgical mask in some circumstances
- the obligation to present proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test result to access public services and spaces
Before travelling, verify if specific restrictions or requirements are in effect.
Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs, particularly in the following locations:
- public transportation facilities
- areas frequented by tourists
Ensure that your belongings, including passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
Credit card and ATM fraud occur. When you are using debit or credit cards:
- pay careful attention when other people are handling your cards
- use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
- avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
- cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
- check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements
- shop only at reputable establishments where prices are listed
- check prices before buying goods because some retailers charge foreigners exorbitant prices
Property rental scams
Scams involving property rental occur. The scams may include online advertising of properties that are not available for rent or that don’t exist.
You should :
- book your rental through a reputable service
- visit the accommodation and meet the landlord before agreeing to pay any money
Information about known local scams - Singapore’s National Crime Prevention Council
There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time, and targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Singaporean security agencies are on high vigilance.
- Expect enhanced security measures and border checks
- Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places
All demonstrations and gatherings require a permit. Unauthorized demonstrations, even those involving one person, are illegal. The police can arrest, without warrant, any person involved in or suspected of disrupting the public order.
As a foreigner, you may require special permission to attend any demonstrations, even as an observer.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations, political or large gatherings are taking place, such as Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Road conditions and road safety are very good throughout the country.
Frequent showers may pose a road hazard.
Vehicles don’t usually yield to pedestrians. Exercise caution when walking on or crossing streets.
Pirate attacks and armed robberies occur against ships in and around:
- Singapore Strait
- Strait of Malacca
- between Indonesia’s Riau Islands and Singapore
Mariners should take appropriate precautions.
Live piracy report - International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
COVID-19 - Entry, exit and transit restrictions and requirements
Most governments have implemented special entry and exit restrictions and requirements for their territory due to COVID-19.
Before travelling, verify if the local authorities of both your current location and destinations have implemented any restrictions or requirements related to this situation. Consider even your transit points, as transit rules are in place in many destinations. This could disrupt your travel.
You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance to change your travel plans.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Singaporean authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you enter Singapore. This also applies to passengers in transit.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
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 Ministry of Manpower allows work pass exemptions for certain activities. If you qualify for an exemption, you must notify local authorities through their e-notification system.
The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority may also approve, under certain circumstances, an extension of the 30-day stay period.
- Visa extensions - Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore
- Work pass exemptions - Ministry of Manpower of Singapore
- Entry security requirements - Singaporean Immigration and checkpoints authority
Other entry requirements
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.
Immigration officials will fingerprint all visitors upon arrival and departure.
Health entry requirements
Canadians planning to study, work or reside in Singapore for longer than 6 months must undergo a complete medical examination that includes a chest X-ray and a test for HIV. Issuance of an employment pass, long-term immigration pass or permanent residence is subject to the outcome of the medical report.
All testing must be completed in Singapore.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
- Pandemic COVID-19 all countries: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada - July 7, 2021
- Zika virus: Advice for travellers - December 24, 2019
- Global Measles Notice - July 23, 2019
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional 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. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.
Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.
Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.
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 professional.
- 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 among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.
Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.
- In this country, dengue fever may occur sporadically. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
- Dengue fever can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.
- The level of risk of dengue fever changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. After a decline in reported dengue cases worldwide in 2017 and 2018, numbers have been steeply rising again.
- Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika virus is a risk in this country.
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.
Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should visit a health care professional before travelling to discuss the potential risks of travelling to this country. Pregnant women may choose to avoid or postpone travel to this country.
- Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
- If you are pregnant, always use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact with anyone who has travelled to this country for the duration of your pregnancy.
- Women: Wait 2 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy. If your male partner travelled with you, wait 3 months after travel or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer).
- Men: Wait 3 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy.
For more travel recommendations, see the travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers
- There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this country.
- Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no vaccine against malaria.
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in enclosed air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider pre-treating clothing and travel gear with insecticides and sleeping under an insecticide-treated bednet.
- Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. See a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss your options.
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
COVID-19 - Testing facilities
Consult the following links to find out where you can get a COVID-19 test:
- Local COVID-19 testing facilities - Ministry of Health, Singapore
Health care is excellent.
Medical services are costly, and payment is required up front.
Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
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 must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Local police may ask to see your passport and visa at any time. They could detain you while they verify your identification documents.
- Carry adequate identification at all times
- Always cooperate with local authorities
- Keep a photocopy or digital copy of your passport in a safe place, in case of loss or seizure
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences, heavy fines or the death penalty.
Custom officers can subject travellers to a drug screening test at the point of entry to Singapore. If you test positive for drugs, you can be arrested and prosecuted, even if the drugs were consumed prior to your arrival in the country.
Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications, legally available in Canada, may be classified as controlled substances in Singapore.
Consult Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority to determine if you must obtain permission to import some personal medications.
Bringing personal medication into Singapore - Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority
Alcohol and smoking
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. In Liquor Control Zones, the alcohol ban is extended to all day on weekends. Local authorities may impose additional restrictions in these zones.
Offenders could face heavy fines and jail time.
Map of liquor control zones - Government of Singapore
Other illegal or restricted activities
Singapore has strict laws and penalties against a variety of actions that may not be illegal or may be considered minor offences in Canada. This includes:
- littering or spitting
- smoking in public places
- importing, selling or chewing gum
- eating and drinking on the mass rapid transit system
- inappropriate masculine behaviour
- using foul language
- inappropriate displays of affection or molestation
Convicted offenders may expect:
- corporal punishment, generally in the form of caning
- a fine
- a combination thereof
Local authorities enforce strict regulations on the import and export of items, such as:
- e-cigarettes, vaporisers and their refills
- certain religious material
- pornographic material
- CDs and DVDs
All luggage is X-rayed at ports of entry, and checked luggage may be inspected for regulated items.
You may be detained if you carry any of these items without permission.
Jehovah’s Witness meetings, including private meetings, are illegal. Possession of a Jehovah’s Witness bible or any related publication is also illegal.
The Unification Church is affected by similar laws.
In 2022, the lunar month of Ramadan is expected to begin on or around April 2.
In public, between sunrise and sunset, be discreet when :
Singapore laws prohibit displays of affection and sexual acts between males. Those convicted can face imprisonment.
LGBTQ2 travellers could also be discriminated against or detained based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics.
LGBTQ2 travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Singapore.
Common-law relationships are not recognized. If you are in a common-law relationship, you may have to provide proof to support the claim of your union by common-law to local authorities.
You may draft your own statutory declaration to proclaim your common-law relationship with another individual and request to notarize your declaration at the High Commission of Canada in Singapore. However, the High Commission cannot “certify” or “validate” your common-law relationship.
Traffic drives on the left. You must carry an international driving permit.
If you reside in Singapore for more than 12 months, you must convert your valid Canadian driving licence to a Singapore Driving Licence.
Traffic regulations are strictly enforced.
Drinking and driving is a serious offence. Sentences can be up to 10 years in prison.
- More about the International Driving Permit
- Converting a foreign driver’s licence - Singapore Police Force
Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Singapore.
However, if you acquire two or more citizenships at birth, you can keep them all, including Singaporean citizenship, until the age of 21. At 21, local authorities may ask you to choose between your Singaporean citizenship or other citizenships.
If you’re a citizen of Canada, but also a citizen of Singapore, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you’re there. You may also be subject to different entry or exit requirements, and other national obligations such as military service.
- General information for travellers with dual citizenship
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore - Singapore Government
The currency in Singapore is the Singaporean dollar (SGD).
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Typhoons and monsoon
The rainy (or monsoon) season extends from:
- December to March in the northeast
- June to September in the southeast
During this period, even small tropical storm can quickly develop into major typhoons. These severe storms can put you at risk.
These severe storms can put you at risk and slow down the provision of essential services.
If you decide to travel to Singapore during the typhoon season:
- know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
- be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
- keep up to date with the latest regional weather forecasts
- carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
- follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
- Meteorological service Singapore - Singapore Government
- Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and monsoons
- Large-scale emergencies abroad
Smoke haze and other types of air pollution can be particularly hazardous between June and October.
You should monitor air pollution levels, especially if you suffer from respiratory ailments or if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
Air quality information - Singapore’s National Environment Agency
In case of emergency, dial:
- Police: 999
- Firefighters: 995
- Ambulance: 995
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the High Commission of Canada in Singapore is limiting in-person services. Schedule an appointment to submit passport and citizenship applications. For other consular assistance, contact the High Commission by email or telephone.
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. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
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If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
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