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Singapore travel restrictions from Australia: Frequently asked questions

It’s only been an independent country for 56 years, but Singapore has elevated itself from a strategic colonial outpost to a gleaming first-world metropolis rich with million-dollar attractions. 

If you’re planning a post-pandemic visit, here’s what you need to know.

Can I travel to Singapore from Australia?

Travellers to Singapore over 12 years old must be fully vaccinated with WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) Covid-19 vaccines.

Do I need to download a Covid app to visit Singapore?

Verified vaccination status is required for certain activities in Singapore, such as dining in restaurants and participating in mask-off activities and large-scale events. Visit Singapore’s Ministry of Health website for more information on the current rules on gatherings and events.

Your vaccination status must be reflected in the TraceTogether app, which must be shown on demand at restaurants and other facilities that require it. Be sure to carry your original vaccination document.

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You’ll need to download the TraceTogether app – preferably before you arrive in Singapore.

Are masks mandatory in Singapore?

It is compulsory for everyone above six years old to wear a mask when leaving their dwellings. This applies on public transport, taxis, private hire cars, and when walking in public spaces. Individuals may remove their masks when engaging in strenuous exercise like running or cycling, but must put it back on immediately after. First-time offenders will be fined $300 and repeat offenders face higher fines or prosecution in court.

What are Singapore’s Covid rules for eating out?

Since the pandemic began, the government has placed strict restrictions on the number of people in a group that can dine out at restaurants and hawker centres. At the time of writing, only groups of two vaccinated people are allowed to dine in at eateries.

Eating out in Singapore is different in the Covid era.

Eating out in Singapore is different in the Covid era.

When is the best time to visit Singapore?

Its tropical rainforest climate means Singapore is mostly humid, warm and sometimes rainy throughout the year, with an average temperature of 31C. The city doesn’t sleep even during major holidays, festivals and events. Businesses remain open and the island keeps bustling during the likes of Chinese New Year, Christmas and F1 season.

What are the main attractions in Singapore?

First among the many reasons to visit is food. Renowned as one of the best places in the world to eat, Singapore is home to UNESCO-inscribed hawker centres that offer delicious Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western meals for as little as $3. It is also home to feted fine restaurants and chefs, who boast a constellation of Michelin stars and rank high on The World’s Best Restaurants list. 

Some of the globe’s best bars can be found hidden away in historic shophouses and flashy hotels, while Singapore’s cultural diversity offers much to see on tours of the city’s storied ethnic enclaves. Its impressive attractions include Gardens by the Bay, shopping and nature parks like Singapore Zoo and Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

The Gardens by the Bay are one of Singapore's must-see attractions.

The Gardens by the Bay are one of Singapore’s must-see attractions.

Is Singapore an island?

A tiny dot off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a nation, a state and an island. Spread across 728sq km, Singapore is home to 5.6 million residents. That’s more than the population of New Zealand, which has a land area more than 300 times the size of Singapore’s. Though densely populated, Singapore doesn’t feel crowded thanks to towering skyscrapers and urban planning that prioritises lush greenery at every turn. It’s not called The Garden City for nothing.

Is Singapore Airport the best in the world?

Singapore is home to one of the best and definitely the coolest airport in the world. If you think an airport is just an airport, you clearly haven’t experienced the sensory extravaganza that is Jewel Changi Airport. It is the world’s only transportation hub that offers shopping, dining and entertainment on such an epic scale. The sight of the seven-storey Rain Vortex surrounded by an indoor forest is as surreal as the 300 stores and restaurants that populate the structure.

The seven-storey Rain Vortex is at the heart of Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport shopping complex.

Where can I get the latest information on travel to Singapore? 

Information on requirements for travelling to Singapore can be found here.

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