The Ultimate Checklist for a Hassle-Free First Trip to Singapore

If you want to get a glimpse of what a future city would look like, a trip to Singapore is a must-do. Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a captivating destination that celebrates diversity and provides a blueprint of what all urban cities should strive to be.

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As a first-time tourist, you may be eager to explore its iconic landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, and delicious cuisine. To ensure you have a hassle-free trip, we’ve compiled essential travel tips that will help you make the most of your trip to Singapore.

Check Visa Requirements and Entry Regulations for Trip to Singapore

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Good news to all tourists: all COVID-19 restrictions are officially lifted in Singapore. However, the country is also actively working to protect its citizens from yellow fever.
So, if you come from a country with known cases of yellow fever, you may be required to get a vaccine before you’re allowed to enter the Lion City.

Aside from health restrictions, see to it that you have all your travel documents and Singapore entry requirements ready. Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa; check the official website of Singapore’s immigration authority for up-to-date information.

Then, prepare all required documents and ensure they are valid for the duration of your stay.

Prepare for Singapore’s Tropical Weather

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Get ready for a trip to Singapore, a futuristic city | Photo by Hu Chen via Unsplash

If you think you’re going to a country with mild weather, think again. Being in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a tropical climate.

This means you’ll encounter warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. To stay comfortable, pack lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen.

 More importantly, don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle to protect yourself from the sun and keep hydrated while exploring the city.

Pack the Correct Plug Adapter for Your Trip to Singapore

To make your trip to Singapore hassle-free, pack essential items such as a universal adapter for your electrical devices. Singapore uses a Type G outlet, so be prepared to charge your gadgets with the correct plug.

Explore Changi Airport

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Singapore airport | Photo by Adrian Agawin via Pexels

Consistently voted as the world’s best airport, Changi Airport is Singapore’s magnificent welcome to its visitors. It’s a must-see attraction in and of itself and arguably the only airport where you would want to have a delayed flight.

After landing or before going home, you might as well take the time to explore the country’s most famous airport.

If you’re wondering what to do in Changi Airport, you can start by visiting the Jewel. It features a nature-themed commercial and entertainment complex that’s home to the tallest indoor waterfall in the world: the HSBC Rain Vortex.

After that jaw-dropping attraction, you can check out the surrounding gardens and art galleries or shop and dine at the numerous award-winning establishments inside. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll likely do a fair amount of walking to fully experience what the Jewel has to offer.

Use Efficient Public Transportation

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Marina Mall Gardens by The Bay MRT Station (TE22), Singapore | Photo by Isaac Matthew on Unsplash

Singapore boasts a highly efficient and reliable public transportation system, making it easy for you to get around the city. The extensive Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train network connects major tourist spots.

Consider purchasing an EZ-Link card for convenient payments on public transportation, including buses and trains. What’s more, you can download helpful travel apps for Singapore that feature bus schedules and the MRT map for your trip to Singapore.

Stay Connected with a Rented WiFi Device During Your Trip to Singapore

These days, it has become practically mandatory to stay connected when traveling. It’s not just about navigation, communication, and safety but also about sharing real-time accounts of travel experiences over social media.

For this, consider renting a pocket WiFi device or getting a local SIM card upon arrival to access the internet as soon as you land. This will ensure you’re always connected and have access to maps, translations, and useful travel apps.

Be Aware of Local Laws

Singapore is very well-known for its strict laws and the citizens’ adherence to them. That’s why you should familiarise yourself with local rules and regulations to avoid any potential fines or misunderstandings.

For instance, chewing gum is illegal in Singapore, and littering can result in hefty penalties. Avoid getting into trouble by staying informed.

Taste Hawker Centre Cuisine

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Bugis Street, also known as the "Chatutchut" of Singapore | Photo by via Unsplash

A trip to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without indulging in its diverse culinary scene that mixes Malay, Chinese and Indian influences.

After dropping your bags at your hotel, head over to the nearest hawker center. There, you’ll find an array of delectable dishes at affordable prices.

Don’t miss local favorites like chicken rice, laksa and chili crab. Eating at hawker centers is not only a delightful culinary experience but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s food culture.

Shop ‘Til You Drop During Your Trip to Singapore

Singapore is a shopper’s paradise with something to suit every taste and budget. The world-famous Orchard Road is a must-visit destination for retail therapy, featuring luxurious boutiques, high-end malls and trendy street markets.

That said, these shopping locations are not your only option. For those on a tighter budget, explore local markets to discover affordable crafts, souvenirs and fashionable clothes.

Must-Visit Attractions

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Your itinerary for your trip to Singapore should include some of Singapore’s top attractions. Marvel at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, an architectural wonder dominating the city’s skyline.

Next, explore Gardens by the Bay, home to the enchanting Supertree Grove and the awe-inspiring Cloud Forest. Then, make your way to Sentosa Island for fun-filled activities, including Universal Studios Singapore and beautiful beaches.

Singapore welcomes you with its unique blend of tradition and modernity, offering many experiences for first-time tourists. With this ultimate trip to Singapore checklist, you’ll be ticking off must-have experiences and making memories, minus the hassles of traveling.

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Hi, I’m Stacey

UNSTOPPABLE Stacey Travel is a travel blog focused on immersive travel that highlights food, wine and the spirituality of place. I also occasionally write about life as a Camino de Santiago pilgrim. I hope you enjoy what I post here. Feel free to leave comments! Read more…


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