Singapore is a busy city-state and well known as a commercial and cultural hub within Asia – attracting millions of visitors each year from all over the world. For this reason, travellers to Singapore are well advised to ensure they are up to date with all relevant vaccinations. Singapore is often also a destination visited in between other destinations, or before travelling on to Europe or the Middle East, so it’s important to make speak to the doctor at the Travel Vaccination Clinic or your own doctor about your whole travel itinerary and plans while you are in Singapore.
Quick Safe Travel Checklist
- Ensure you are up to date with childhood vaccinations
- Practice proper food safety and hygiene such as drinking boiled or bottled water, hand washing and eating in cleaner looking restaurants when possible
- Avoid mosquito bites where possible
- Inform the Travel Vaccination Clinic of your full travel plans and itinerary during your appointment
This website provides general advice on vaccinations for Singapore and is not a substitute for adequate medical advice from the Travel Vaccination Clinic doctor or your own doctor. It is your responsibility to let the doctor know anything you think may be relevant to your vaccination program during your appointment. This will ensure you get the best possible advice with no unwanted consequences.
Which vaccinations are required for travel to Singapore?
There are a handful of vaccinations that may be recommended for travel to Singapore, besides routine childhood vaccinations. If you are not up to date with your routine childhood vaccinations – including chicken pox, polio, measles and others, you may be advised to get a booster shot or take other precautionary action during your appointment with the doctor. Further vaccinations you may be recommended for travel to Singapore include: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Rabies.
You may also need to prove you are vaccinated against Yellow Fever if travelling from certain countries, though not usually just from transiting through the airport. See below for more information.
You may come into contact with the Hepatitis A virus through contaminated food or water in Singapore, and it is recommended generally that travellers get vaccinated against Hepatitis A before leaving home. Many travellers do not know that they carry the Hepatitis A virus for a number of years and symptoms can be confusing, so ensure you read the Hepatitis A information page and discuss any concerns with the doctor.
Typhoid may be present in Singapore. Those with typhoid experience flu like symptoms, but this can become more serious. Typhoid can be passed on to travellers through contaminated food or water. Please read the general information on this vaccine on the Typhoid information page to learn more. Rural areas usually pose more of a risk for typhoid infection.
Both Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations can be given to you in one shot, and this lasts for a number of years. Ask the Travel Vaccination Clinic about getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Typhoid, as well as taking food safety precautions to ensure your risk of contracting either disease is minimised.
Hepatitis B can be passed on to you if you meet a new partner while in Singapore, get a tattoo or piercing or undergo cosmetic medical procedures. The disease can be contracted through sexual contact, or exposure to needles or bodily fluids so the vaccine is highly recommended for anyone who might do anything that puts them at risk of contracting Hepatitis B. To read more about the virus, symptoms, and prevention visit the Hepatitis B information page.
Rabies in Singapore
Unfortunately Singapore is not a rabies free country, so you should consider your planned activities, contact with dogs, rats and other mammals and outdoor activities to assess any risks associated with your trip with your doctor. Please visit the Rabies information page to read more about the vaccine and whether you may require it.
There are some types of travellers at heightened risk of coming into contact with the Rabies virus. Those spending time outdoors, working with animals, taking extended trips through Singapore and/or other parts of Asia and children are all at increased risk according to the US Center for Disease Control.
There is no risk of Yellow Fever in Singapore, as stated in the introduction, however for more information on whether you might be travelling from a country where proof of vaccination is required, please see the Yellow Fever information page.