Advice for Singaporeans going overseas

The downloadable booklet contains information and other useful tips. The booklets are available in 4 languages. Please select your preferred version below.

Copies of the booklets are available at Singapore Changi Airport and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Information counter. Copies of the booklets in all 4 languages are available at Consular Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Advice for Singaporeans going overseas

Register on-line with MFA via our eRegister system at;

Your registration can help MFA and our Overseas Missions contact you to render the necessary consular assistance during an emergency or crisis (e.g. natural disasters, civil unrest etc)

Remember to inform the Singapore Mission of any subsequent change of address/telephone numbers/your departure from that country or update your new contact details in the eRegister system.

Advice for Singaporeans going overseas
  • Ensure that your passport has at least 6 months validity.
  • Ensure that you have valid onward/return tickets, if applicable.
  • Check health and vaccination requirements of the countries that you will be visiting and transiting.
  • Bring adequate funds for the duration and purpose of your stay.
  • Purchase full travel and medical insurance to cover illness, injury and loss of money, baggage, tickets etc.
  • Find out more about the country you intend to visit, particularly if there are any cultural sensitivities.
  • Bring your doctor's prescription if you have to carry medication or drugs. You may need to show this at the customs checkpoint.
  • Carry photocopies of your identity card and passport data page, credit cards and note down travel cheque numbers if any.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with your family/friends or inform them where you are going and how you may be contacted.

Advice for Singaporeans going overseas
  • Obey the laws and respect the local customs of the country you are visiting.
  • Take special care of your passport and other documents of identification and keep them in a safe place, preferably separate from the rest of your luggage.
  • Do not carry too much cash or other valuables.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Always take care of personal safety and security.
  • Never carry packages through customs on behalf of other people.
  • Beware of the food and drinks you consume in areas where hygiene standards are low.
  • Check out the customs regulations concerning import and export of items.
  • Make sure you know the local rules of the road.
  • Ensure that you, your passengers and the vehicle are covered by insurance.
  • Read the fine print before signing car hire agreements.
  • Stay in touch with your family in Singapore and inform them of any change in your itinerary or contact details