Foreign travel advice

Singapore

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

From 4 July, Singapore is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

However, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Singapore, including if you transit Singapore on your journey to the UK, remains in place. See guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

Travel to Singapore is subject to entry restrictions

  • Short-term visitors from anywhere in the world are not able to enter Singapore
  • Long-term pass holders and dependants need approval before entering Singapore
  • Everyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay at Home Notice (SHN)

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Return travel to the UK is subject to self-isolation requirements

If you’re returning to the UK, you will need to:

  • provide your journey and contact details
  • self-isolate for 14 days

Check the full guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Singapore, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Around 450,000 British tourists visit Singapore every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Drunk and disorderly conduct is treated seriously. Penalties for convicted offenders include fines, imprisonment, and/or corporal punishment (caning). See Local laws and customs

It’s illegal to drink alcohol in public places from 10:30pm to 7am and all day on weekends in specific areas and designated Liquor Control Zones. Offenders will be fined. See Local laws and customs

You can’t bring e-cigarettes and related products into the country. There are also restrictions on tobacco products. See Local laws and customs

Penalties for drug offences are severe and can include the death penalty. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment (caning) or the death penalty.

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

The offence of ‘outrage of modesty’ (molestation) can result in a fine, imprisonment or corporal punishment (caning). Scams involving false claims of molest are thought to exist. See Local laws and customs

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.

There is a risk of dengue fever in Singapore. See Health

Haze can affect air quality in Singapore. You should monitor the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) updates and health advisories from the Singapore government. See Health

You can contact the emergency services by calling 995 (ambulance and fire) or 999 (police).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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