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Travel Insurance Singapore

Singapore is officially called the Republic of Singapore. It is a Southeast Asian city-state that is situated off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, which is 137 kilometer north of the equator. It is an island country that is made up of 63 islands. Singapore is both a country and an island, but the best description for it is of the city-state. Singapore remained one of the most expensive cities in 2016.

The area is relatively small but Singapore is a global economic giant.  Since a century it has been Southeast Asia's one of the most modern cities. Singapore blends Chinese, English, Malay, Indian and Arab cultures and religions. The city offers a wide range of culinary and sightseeing opportunities. The visitors are immediately struck by Singapore's abundance of nature reserves, parks, and lush, tropical greens. It is considered as one of the safest travel destinations for both solo travelers and families.

A calendar full of holidays and traditional festivals adds to its cultural appeal. Additionally, Singapore offers delectable cuisine, luxury hotels, and a great shopping experience. Because of its determined and efficient government, Singapore has been flourishing in its tourism and trade and is considered and is becoming a model to other developing nations.

Singapore is located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula its tropical climate welcomes both business and leisure travelers’ round the year. Every year a lot of Indian tourists visit Singapore for leisure, work, and education. Travel risks are unpredictable and for this reason, it is recommended to secure your trip with Singapore travel insurance policy.

Fast Facts about Singapore

Official Name

Republic of Singapore

Population

  5,638,700, out of which 3.8448 million are Singapore residents.

Language

 English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.

Currency

Singapore dollar (SGD)

Government

Parliamentary democracy

People

74 percent Chinese, 13 percent Malay, 9 percent Indians, & 3 percent Others

Islands

63

Country Code

+65

Area

719 square Km

Entry Essentials to Singapore

A Singapore visa is required by people who want to visit the country for a holiday, business and employment. Those who are traveling as a tourist for lesser than 30 days, would require an e-Tourist visa (in the form of an Electronic Travel Authorization).

Singapore Visa formalities start from Rs. 1,854 onwards

Visa Processing takes 7 to 10 working days

Types of Singapore Visa

    • Business/Work Visa: People who are seeking employment in Singapore or want to start their business would require a work or business visa. In Singapore, it is called as an Entrepreneur or employment pass.
    • Tourist visa: People who are visiting Singapore as tourists are given a tourist visa in the form of ETA/Electronic Travel Authorization. It can be obtained on arrival or prior to arrival in Singapore.
    • Student Visa: It is required by students who want to study in Singapore; it is generally called a Student Pass.

Documents Required For Visa Application

Common documents for Singapore Visa are listed below:

      • Passport- validity 6 months
      • A duly filled visa application form
      • Two recent color photographs
      • 6 months Bank Statement
      • Xerox copy of passport first, last and any observation page
      • Passport copy of the Invitee ( if required)
      • Return air ticket ( confirmed)
      • Lease and License Agreement
      • Original cover letter mentioning the date of travel, the purpose of visit, number of passengers, place of stay in Singapore, details of the land itinerary, and employment details.
      • Passports that are issued from other states would need to furnish the following documents:
      • 3-months bank statement
      • BSNL, MTNL paid the bill of last month
      • The paid electricity bill for the previous month
      • Address proof on the employer’s letterhead (Original)

Documents Required for Singapore Tourist Visa

      • All the above-mentioned common documents are required
      • If you have been invited by your friends or family then you would need an invitation letter from your relatives/friends in Singapore
      • Sponsorship letter from the sponsor is required unemployed and sole travelers

Documents Required for Business Visa to Singapore

      • All the above-mentioned common documents are required
      • An invitation Letter from Your Employer/Company in Singapore

You can take help of your tour operator to facilitate you in the visa process and make it a hassle-free process for you.

Singapore Visa Procedure

Based on the purpose of your visit you would need a specific visa type. It is important to fill the form properly and carefully, as even small errors can lead to rejection of your visa application.

To apply for traveling or non-immigrant visa, you would require the following documents:

      • Passport
      • Cover letter from the applicant
      • Confirmed return air ticket along with the trip itinerary
      • 6 months Bank statement
      • Visa application form ( duly filled)
      • Two passports sized photos (35mm x 45mm) with a matte finish, taken against a white background
      • Accommodation proof/hotels name in Singapore

Here is a list of Singapore Consulates and Embassies in India:

Consulate/Embassy

Contact Details

Website

Address

Working Hours

Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore, Mumbai

+91-22-2204-3209
+91-22-6150-2900

singcon_bom[@]mfa[.]sg

152, Maker Chambers IV, 14th Floor, 222 Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai: 400021

Mon-Fri
(9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore, Chennai

+91-44-28158207
+91-44-28158208

singcon_maa[@]mfa[.]sg

North Boag Road, 17-A, T.Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu: 600017

Mon-Fri
(8:30AM to 1:00PM) and (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

High Commission of the Republic of Singapore, New Delhi

+91-11-46000915
+91-11-46000800

singhc_del[@]mfa[.]sg

E-6, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi: 110021

Mon-Fri
(9:00AM to 1:00PM) & (1:30PM to 5:00PM)

Singapore Travel Insurance

When traveling to Singapore, it is suggested that you buy a comprehensive overseas travel insurance policy. It will protect you against any untoward perils during your trip. There are various travel insurance companies that offer international travel insurance plans catering to different demographics.

Nowadays, travel insurance plans are easily available online and are easy to buy, and most of them offer coverage without any pre-medical tests up to 80 years of age.

Singapore is globally known for its punctuality and cleanliness. The laws in the country are also stringent and any third-party liability can cause you big trouble. So, make sure that you are covered by your Singapore travel insurance policy. Undoubtedly, Singapore’s is a heaven for nature lovers, as it has plenty of flora and fauna to offers to its visitors. But, a first-time visit can be overwhelming for anyone, therefore, it is suggested that you stay secure during your trip with a travel insurance policy. Here are some of the major benefits:

Features

Coverage

Medical Coverage

Medical Cover (medical evacuation costs)

USD 50,000 to USD 5,00,000

Personal Accident Cover

USD 15,000

Accidental Death Cover ( Common Carrier)

USD 5,000

Personal Liability Cover

USD 100,000

Dental Treatment Cover

USD 300

Daily Hospital Cash Allowance

USD 50 per day (Max. 5 days)

Repatriation of Mortal Remains

USD 7,500

Non-Medical Cover

Loss of Checked-in Baggage

USD 500

Delay of Baggage

USD 100

Hijack Distress Cover

USD 125 per day

Emergency Hotel Extension  Cover

USD 5,000

Return of Minor Children Expense Cover

Up to USD 7,500

Catastrophe Evacuation/Political Risk

USD 7500

Home Burglary Cover

10,00,000 Indian Rupees (Rs.)

Fire Cover ( Contents )

10,00,000 Indian Rupees ( Rs.)

Missed Flight Connection

USD 500

Trip Cancellation & Interruption Cover

USD 5,00

Accidental Death (Common Carrier)

USD 5,000

Compassionate Visit

Usd 7500

Trip Delay

USD 500

Loss of Baggage and Personal Belongings

USD 2000

*Source: ICICI Lombard international travel insurance policy (subjected to changes)

Best Time to Visit Singapore

There is no specific time to visit Singapore, unlike other destinations. However, the months of December, June, and January see the crowds flocking the places. Though during holidays and at the time of certain events you can see the crowds swelling in, due to which the hotel prices also increase. Some of the best things to do in Singapore are available round the year and the heat and humidity are also there. 

Transportation

Singapore has Changi International Airport, which is an award-winning airport providing air links to major cities across the world. Singapore has fast, clean and efficient train and subway systems. In addition, it has established Singapore is one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia with its state-of-the-art cruise terminal.

Public transportation is seamless and there is no need for a personal car. Moreover, walking is the best way to get around the city. Tour buses also touch upon all the major attractions.

International Airport

Changi International Airport: Singapore

Singapore Weather

Since the city is merely 100 km from the equator, there is not much variation in the tropical temperatures. The city experiences distributed Rainfall throughout the year. And the temperature is mostly warm, irrespective of the month you choose to visit.

Between the months of June to September, the temperature is usually around 24 degrees Celsius. From November to January the temperature remains around 25 degree Celsius. And from February to May it stays around 27 degrees.

Top Tourist Spots in Singapore

It can be confusing to find one best thing to do in Singapore. The city is bursting with extraordinary attractions, plenty of day trips and exciting activities. Almost everyone must have seen the Merlion, which is the city’s symbol, alongside the nearby Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands – both of which offer breathtaking views of iconic Singapore’s skyline.

Singapore is a land of contrasts; Little India and Chinatown, both shopping and gastronomic hubs, representing the amazing ethnic diversity. Nightlife is also sorted with Clarke Quay and the lavish Raffles Hotel and is also the most picturesque drinking and eating spots of the city.

      • Marina Bay Sands: The S$5.5 billion complexes are the central point of the bay, and there are a plethora of great things to see and in this epic resort and building, such as Casino, the Science Museum, and various dining, shopping, and nightlife options. Popular with tourists is the spectacular Light Show that starts at 8 pm.
      • Universal Studios Singapore: There are more than 20 attractions in Universal Studios. There are themed zones including Ancient Egypt, the Lost World, New York, Madagascar, Hollywood, and Far Far Away. There are roller-coasters and 2 water-themed rides.
      • Gardens by the Bay: It is an impressive Super tree structure where you can go for an inspiring skywalk over the gardens. There are hundreds of plants and trees in this giant seashell-shaped greenhouse that recreate cool mountain climates, making it a great place for both adults and kids.
      • Singapore Flyer: It is the world’s largest observation wheel (the flyer is 30 meters taller than the famous London Eye). It is built over a 3-story terminal building and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The diameter of the Flyer is 150 meters, its height is 165 meters, and it travels at 0.21m/ second.
      • Sentosa: Enjoy theme parks, beaches, shopping, golf, dining and light show in Sentosa. You can reach here by cable car or road.
      • Singapore Night Safari: It’s one of the most famous research and conservation center in Asia. This Zoo provides an unusual glimpse of more than 1000 animals and 59 exhibits in the nighttime animal kingdom.

Shopping Attractions in Singapore

All the shopaholics can visit Singapore between June to August. It is the best season as you can take advantage of ‘The Great Singapore Sale’ in Singapore. The best part is that you can get a refund of tax/ duty for their purchases at the Singapore airport, practically allowing tax-free shopping for every traveler who holds a visitor pass.

However, there are other popular shopping destinations and the list is enclosed below:

        • Little India: 24-hour Mustafa Centre and the Tekka Centre
        • Holland Village: For Asian Handicrafts, Souvenirs, and Cozy Dining Choices
        • Orchard Road - Singapore's Shopping Mecca
        • Paragon Shopping Centre
        • Chinatown - Restored Shophouses and Traditional Chinese Wares
        • City Hall/Riverside

Eating Out In Singapore

When it comes to food, Singapore has a lot to offer. There is a multicultural mix just like their populace which makes it a popular destination for the food lovers.

Must visit:

        • Little India – Hub for Indian Food
        • China town- Hub for Asian food
        • A Noodle Story
        • At Hjh Maimunah
        • Tamoya Udon
        • Sungei Road Laksa
        • Two Men Bagel House

Depending upon the place you are in, you can find numerous eateries around you within your budget

Hotels in Singapore

Singapore is a tourist destination and the country provides some of the best accommodation options. Though the prices are high and the area of the rooms is comparatively less. Hotels in Singapore usually do not refund the booking amount in case of cancellation. To ensure you can buy Singapore travel insurance policy for such unanticipated trip cancellations to recover your hotel cost.  

Some of the best and budget-friendly hotels in Singapore are listed below:

        • Holiday Inn Express Singapore, Clarke Quay
        • Park Avenue Rochester Hotel
        • ibis Singapore on Bencoolen Hotel
        • Marina Mandarin Singapore
        • Village Hotel Katong by Far East Hospitality
        • Park Avenue Changi Hotel
        • Park Regis Singapore
        • Hotel Nostalgia

Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore is a paradise for tourists. And here are some of the things that you should keep in your list when you are in the city:

        • See the most iconic TV personalities and celebrities at the Madame Tussauds museum
        • Shop around the Orchard market
        • Visit Singapore Botanic Gardens
        • Jurong Bird Park
        • Singapore Flyer
        • Lion City Bike Tour
        • Singapore Duck Tour
        • National Gallery in Singapore
        • Asian Civilizations Museum
        • Singapore Zoo
        • Indian Heritage Centre
        • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Top Hospitals in Singapore

Medical treatment can be expensive. So, when you are traveling to Singapore, make sure that your travel insurance covers the medical expenses as well. Here is a quick rundown of some of the best hospitals in the country:

        • Raffles medical Hospital
        • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
        • Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Novena
        • National University Hospital
        • Singapore General Hospital
        • Mount Elizabeth Hospital
        • KK Women’s and Children Hospital
        • Gleneagles Hospital
        • Changi General Hospital
        • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Local law and Etiquette in Singapore

          • Drinking Water: Tap water is safe to drink water in Singapore. But if you want to buy bottled mineral water, you can easily get it from local supermarkets.
          • Law: The laws in Singapore are strict for drug, and the government gives the death penalty for drug trafficking. The laws are also strict for controlled drug, entry of firearms, chewing gum, and endangered species of wildlife.
          • Smoking in taxis, public buses, lifts, the MRTs, and air-conditioned places is also against the law and it can call for fine up to $1,000. Littering is also an offense and there is a penalty up to $1,000.
          • Public Places: All the elevators in Singapore have a Urine Detection Device, and if it is detected the doors get locked until the police arrive. There are strict laws that prohibit urinating in the elevators. Also, in Singapore, it is a crime to not flush public toilets after use. Moreover:
            • Major fines are levied for not using marked crosswalks
            • Vaping and Electronic cigarettes are illegal
            • Spitting is prohibited and calls for huge fines
            • The driver cannot use phones while moving and seatbelts are mandatory when in a car
            • Chewing gums, eating snacks, and drinking is not permitted public transports
            • S$500 fine is levied on feeding pigeons in the park

Money Saving Tips

            • EZ-Link Card: Singapore has always been a great destination for budget travelers and backpackers. When in Singapore do not forget to buy Singapore's transportation card. Do not waste money on every single bus and trains, as it quickly adds to your expenses. So, make sure that you get an EZ-Link card to save both your time and money. This card can be used on the MRT and LRT trains, and public buses. This card will allow you to pay only for the distance that you have traveled, which is much cheaper than paying a flat fare.
            • Drink the Tap Water: Surprisingly, it is completely safe to drink tap water in Singapore, unlike other Southeast Asian countries. And this will save you a lot of money. You can always refill the bottle that you get from your hotel.
            • Eat in Food Halls: You will find some of the best food halls, food courts and Hawker Street stalls in Singapore. Street food is safe to consume in Singapore. The street food is the real essence of Singapore. You can enjoy a delicious meal between S$4 to S$6 in food halls. And a noodle soup, which is their specialty will cost you lesser than S$3.

Embassy Information

It is important for every traveler to know the locations of the Indian Consulates and Embassy of any country that you visit. It will be helpful in case of an emergency situation involving loss of passport or theft.  Check out the Indian Consulate and Embassy location in Singapore:

Embassy/ Consulate

Contact Details

Working Hours

Address

EMAIL

High Commission of India

+65-6737 6777

Monday to Friday(9:00AM - 5:30PM)

Grange Road, 31,  Singapore -239702

info[@]blsindia[.]sg

 

Singapore Travel Insurance - News

  • E-Arrival Cards for Foreigners in Singapore, Trials Underway Till Jan 2020

    In a vision to move towards a paperless immigration clearance, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore has introduced a new electronic arrival card for foreign visitors arriving in the country. These new e-arrival cards are currently on a three-month trial, which started on October 4, 2019.

    Foreign visitors will now be able to submit their personal information along with their travel details electronically on ICA’s mobile app before physically arriving in Singapore. This move replaces the earlier practice of paper-based embarkation and disembarkation cards that had to be filled by foreign nationals upon arrival in Singapore. Foreigners are only required to present their passport for clearance at the immigration counter after arriving in Singapore.

    The electronic arrival cards will be tried at the Changi Aiport as well as the Tuas and the Woodlands checkpoints. The four ferry/ cruise terminals in Singapore including the Changi Ferry Terminal, Changi Point Ferry Terminal, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and the Singapore Cruise Centre.

    The e-arrival cards come with many traveller-friendly features such as availability in multiple foreign languages and one-time group details submission for families or people travelling in a group. Moreover, the mobile app also allows visitors to save the information submitted so that it can be used for their next trip to Singapore.

Written By: PolicyBazaar - Updated: 11 November 2019
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