Singapore is the travel springboard to Asia and the world.
First-class facilities and high connectivity via air, sea, or land offer excursions to excite even the most travel-weary.
ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, calls itself Asia’s Perfect 10 Paradise. Its member nations of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam offer 10 exotic travel dreams in one. The Travel ASEAN website includes an extensive list of tourism heritage sites ready to be explored.
Singapore’s location halfway between the northern and southern hemispheres makes it convenient for those seeking cooler climes at any time of year. The pistes of Italy or New Zealand are equally accessible in January or July.
Changi International Airport is an experience on its own. Its unsurpassed facilities and efficiency has earned it the reputation of the best airport in the world. With more than 100 airlines serving some 210 cities in about 60 countries, Singapore is only a few hours away from your next adventure. Our renowned national carrier, Singapore Airlines, alone covers more than 60 cities in over 30 countries.
Its little sister Silkair, consistently ranked ‘Best Regional Airline’, also arranges exclusive holiday packages to some of the world’s finest beaches and heritage sites.
For an extra step up on luxury at Changi, the JetQuay CIP Terminal caters to Commercially Important Persons who desire an effortless travel experience. For a fee, the travel formalities are handled through a personalised service for you and your family, as you lounge in comfort and await your flight departure.
And if it’s private flights you seek, you can arrange for charters out of Seletar Airport.
The Singapore Cruise Centre’s award-winning terminal at HarbourFront is a port of call to many international luxury liners, including those from the Cunard Line, Silversea, Holland American Line, P&O Princess Cruises, and the Royal Caribbean International.
The International Cruise Terminal at Marina South, designed to handle the world’s largest ships, is currently under construction. This terminal with the nautical theme will double Singapore’s cruise capacity and provide a classy, spacious and seamless travel experience for cruise passengers.
Among the popular cruises that ply Singapore waters are run by Star Cruises, which specialises in regional voyages and cruises-to-nowhere for that stylish weekend getaway.
Traditional cruises along ASEAN rivers allow you to get up close to the people and culture of the country. These can range in duration from a few hours to days. Regular ferries also cross to Malaysia and Indonesia, perfect for that diving expedition or golfing weekend.
The hallmark of opulent travel, the Eastern & Orient Express, plies between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, up to Vientiane. Soak in the legend and its sumptuous atmosphere that harks back to the colonial era.
The Yellow Pages lists over 700 travel agencies in Singapore, about 80% of which are accredited with the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS). Most of these specialise in packaged tours, though they will assist in customising an itinerary for you.
Customs and Excise
Singapore Customs includes laws against controlled and prohibited items. Asian countries generally have a very firm stance on drugs and may have very unyielding penalties.
Duty-free concessions on alcohol (one litre each of spirits, wine, and beer) are available for returning travellers, except if you’re travelling from Malaysia. There is no relief for the import of tobacco products, which have to be declared and duty- and GST-paid.