With flourishing retail hot spots, a booming, cross-cultural culinary scene, and one of the world’s best airports, you don’t have to worry about searching for Singapore’s beauty because it lies in plain sight. From the traditions and heritage of Chinatown to the aromatic delights of Little India, and from the modernity of glitzy hotels to the abundance of natural landscapes, a few days in sizzling Singapore is the perfect bookend to any Intrepid tour. So much more than the eye-catching Marina Bay Sands, this diverse destination offers the very best in entertainment, shopping, architecture, and truly unforgettable views.
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Singapore. Tourists not requiring a visa will be granted a 30-day stay on arrival. Other nationalities should check with their Singapore embassy or consulate.
Tipping isn't expected in Singapore, so is left up to the discretion of the consumer. Some hotels and restaurants may include a 10% surcharge within bills.
Internet access is widespread in Singapore, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots commonly found in airports, hotels, cafes and malls.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Singapore. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile.
Most toilets in Singapore are modern, flushable toilets, although squat toilets can also be encountered at times.
Short trip on the MRT = 1.50 SGD
Can of soft drink = 1.50-2 SGD
Hawker-style food plate = 5-6 SGD
Dinner at a restaurant = 20-30 SGD
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless marked otherwise.
Major credit cards are accepted widely by shops, restaurants and hotels in Singapore. Smaller vendors like street food stalls may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs that accept foreign cards are common in Singapore and easily found in the airport, malls and city streets.
On a government level, discrimination toward the LGBTQIA+ community is still quietly tolerated, however, on a more social level, travellers are widely accepted and welcomed. While it is advised that travellers who identify as part of the community be mindful when out and about, there are a number of LGBTQIA+ friendly establishments such as bars and clubs to have fun in.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Singapore's climate is tropical with warm temperatures and high levels of humidity experienced at all times throughout the year. For this reason, it's important to pack light, loose-fitting clothing, a hat, and other sun smart items such as sunscreen and a reusable drink bottle.
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Singapore go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/singapore/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In Singapore, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.