With the possibility of travel on the horizon, Singapore is gearing up to welcome you and your loved ones to our city in a garden.
Despite the sunnier outlook, your health and wellbeing are still our paramount concerns. Our guide to safe travel while you’re in Singapore is jam-packed with handy tips and info on all you need to know while planning your trip.
1) Social distancing and hygiene
While you probably can’t wait to explore Singapore food paradise and endless attractions, do remember to keep your masks on at all times, and to only remove them in public if you’re eating, drinking or exercising.
Before tucking into that bowl of laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup) or chilli crab, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap before and after every meal—check out page two of this guide from the Ministry of Health for more details. You should also wash and sanitize your hands frequently, especially after visiting washrooms, coughing or sneezing.
While you’ll find hand sanitisers readily available at restaurants, malls, train stations and other establishments all across the island, you may want to consider packing your own travel-sized bottle to use on the go.
Whether you’re queuing to hop on the rides at Resorts World Sentosa or exploring the shopping malls of Orchard Road, do try to keep at least a one-metre distance between yourself and other individuals at all times.
Practising good personal hygiene protects you and creates a clean environment for everyone.
2) Do remember to check in
To help with contact tracing, virtually every establishment in Singapore—from malls and hotels to restaurants and bars—employs SafeEntry.
This QR code-based system allows visitors to speedily check in before enjoying the establishment’s offerings. As such, do remember to keep your phone sufficiently charged, so that you can check into various establishments while you’re out and about.
Check out this link for a handy guide to places where you can purchase a phone charger (and indulge in a bout of retail therapy on the side!).
3) Download the TraceTogether App
Do remember to keep the TraceTogether App— which is mandatory to download prior to your visit to— on at all times. This digital system stores limited data using Bluetooth technology to facilitate contact-tracing if a user tests positive for COVID-19.
The TraceTogether App should be kept activated at all times, and only deleted 14 days after you’ve left our sunny island.
4) Always plan ahead
Planning beforehand is always helpful.
To ensure that your plans are not disrupted, do check online for details such as opening hours and availability of slots when visiting attractions and restaurants.
While the vast majority of establishments in Singapore are open for business, there are limits on the number of individuals allowed. As such, you may want to book a slot beforehand to avoid disappointment.
You‘ll be able to find more information on our website, especially in the See and Do, and sections.
While you’ll probably want to pack necessities such as thermometers, water bottles, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitisers and masks, fret not if you don’t have them on hand. Many of these items are available at our convenience stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.
5) Travelling as a group
While making new friends and travel buddies during your trip to Singapore, do note that social groups and gatherings are restricted to no more than five individuals at one time*.
Should you or any of your travel companions feel unwell when you visit Singapore, please consult your hotel concierge for the nearest medical practitioners and seek medical attention immediately. A list of clinics that are equipped to handle swab tests for COVID-19 can be found here.
Do keep track of your health, especially if youl display respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose, and remember to keep your mask on if you’re feeling unwell.
*This article has been edited to reflect the Safe management measures that will take effect from 8 May 2021.
6) Learn more about SG Clean
As you explore our island’s myriad attractions, you may come across the SG Clean Quality Mark at many of our fine establishments, from hotels and malls to hawker centres.
SG Clean is a nationwide campaign that strives to hold our nation to the highest standards of cleanliness and to safeguard public health.
Businesses that bear the quality mark have adhered to various hygiene requirements, including the appointment of a SG Clean manager to oversee the establishment’s practices, various process to monitor employee health, and frequent disinfection of their facilities.
Besides assuring your peace of mind while in Singapore, the campaign also encourages the public to adopt seven habits of public hygiene, which you can learn more about here.
7) Get updates from local authorities
Stay updated with information from official sources.
- For updates on local health advisories, refer to www.moh.gov.sg and www.gov.sg
- For border control measures, refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg
- For advisories for visitors and tourism businesses, refer to www.stb.gov.sg
- For enquiries, please reach us via the Tourist Hotline (1800 736 2000), feedback form, and/or visit our Singapore Visitor Centres