Before I Travel
What should I do before my trip? Prepare for happy trips!
Why do I need a visa?
Every country has the right to bar you entry if a visa is required but absent. If you do not possess an appropriate visa, you may be denied entry to the country you are visiting or transiting in, ending your trip before it has even begun. We are unable to assist you in such a situation as we cannot intervene in another state’s immigration policies, just as how they cannot interfere in Singapore’s. Visas are issued for different purposes such as study, tourism, or business. Please ensure that you obtain the right one for your purposes, or you may be refused entry to the country
Why do I need insurance?
Possessing the right travel insurance can save you a great deal of trouble should adverse situations occur.
A healthy Singaporean visiting China suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage and had to be hospitalised. Given his critical condition, the Singaporean remained hospitalised for two weeks and chalked up a daily bill of S$1,000. When he was eventually cleared by the hospital for medical evacuation back to Singapore, the flight evacuation cost almost S$60,000. Unfortunately, the Singaporean had not purchased any travel insurance and his family had to foot the entire hospital bill as well as the cost of medical evacuation amounting to S$74,000.
If you do not have suitable insurance, you or your family and friends will be required to bear the burden of these expenses, which can be extremely costly. We therefore strongly advise you to purchase a suitable insurance policy and know the terms and conditions of your policy, before travelling abroad.
Check the customs regulations concerning import and export of items for the countries you are visiting. Some countries require travellers to declare items that are under their quarantine restrictions at the entry checkpoint.
Check MFA’s travel information for your destination(s).
Read up on your destination’s local news and regulations. Get information from experienced travellers, travel agents, tourist information offices and airlines.
Ensure that your passport has at least 6 months’ validity.
Make or save copies of your important documents (e.g. identity card, passport data page, credit cards, and travellers’ cheques) in case you lose any of them. Leave copies with your family and friends as a contingency.
Tell your friends and family where you are going and how to contact you.
I Am Already Abroad
We hope you are enjoying your travels abroad, but we encourage you to take note of the following points to ensure your trip remains a happy and productive one.
Keep your passport and identity card separate to minimise the risk of you losing both your ID documents.
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