Travel Preparation for Your Stay in Singapore
For a trip to the other end of the world, a good preparation is essential. Even if your destination is such a modern country as Singapore, there are some points that must be considered before departure. Here, we have compiled the most important tips for your trip to Singapore.
Flight & Arrival
You will arrive at the Singapore Changi Airport. From there you will get picked up from your local coordinator, who will bring you to your accommodation. Many airlines are offering flights to the airport in Singapore. Therefore you can find direct flights or flights with one only one stopover.
In order to complete a volunteer work or a voluntary internship in Singapore, you need a so-called Social Pass. The Social Pass is an excellent alternative to the limited Working Holiday Pass. You will receive the Social Pass upon arrival in Singapore. The pass allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days in Singapore. Please inform yourself if you can get this visa without prior application and if your passport is still valid for at least six month after entering Singapore.
The Social Pass allows you to complete an acknowledged internship in the context of a volunteer in one of the NGO's recognized by the Ministry of Manpower. These internships are suitable for university students as well as for motivated high school or university graduates who want to support a non-profit organization. The visa regulations for the Social Pass do not allow any payment or part-time job.
The department of foreign affairs recommends the following vaccinations if traveling to Singapore
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Throughout Asia diseases such as dengue fever or chikungunya (malaria) are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. A simple mosquito bite can have serious consequences. The best protection against these diseases is therefore mosquito repellent spray and clothing that covers your entire body. High numbers of dengue have been reported in Singapore in the last years. Therefore it is recommended to avoid standing water as much as possible and to apply mosquito repellent.
The chikungunya virus, also transmitted by mosquitoes, is a tropical infectious disease that is accompanied by fever and joint pain. Better known under the name of malaria, in most cases the disease is free of complications, but it is not to be underestimated! Singapore is considered free of malaria, so if your stay is limited to Singapore you should be fine, but there are risks in the surrounding tropical countries. Strict hygiene and intensive mosquito control are a must. Through effective mosquito repellent, mosquito nets and the right clothing, the risk of mosquito-borne diseases can be further reduced.
The medical care in Singapore is comparable to the US. A worldwide valid and reliable health insurance is highly recommended in case of illness since medical care can result in high costs.