Singapore – Health & Safety
Singapore is the 6th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Singapore is the safest country in Asia. Violent crimes against tourists almost don’t exist. The top list of crimes in Singapore leads petty crimes, including pickpocketing
Singapore Health Care and Vaccinations
- Diphtheria No
- Hepatitis A Sometimes
- Yellow Fever No*
- Malaria No
- Typhoid No
- Tetanus Yes
- Rabies No
* A yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over one year of age who, in the preceding six days, have been in or have passed through any country partly or wholly endemic for yellow fever.
The healthcare system in Singapore is of very high quality, generally regarded as one of the best in the world; life expectancy is high and infant mortality is low. Citizens benet
from universal healthcare, funded by compulsory savings deducted from payrolls – the money accumulates in a nationalised health insurance plan called Medisave,
and can be shared across families. All health services are paid for when used, but at a subsidised rate.
Costs of medical care for those who do not participate in Medisave, such as tourists, can be very high compared to those in other parts of Southeast Asia. It is therefore important to take out appropriate travel insurance, which should include repatriation to your home country in the event of an emergency.
FOOD & WATER SAFETY IN SINGAPORE?
Food hygiene is generally good, particularly now that most individual street stalls have been closed down in favor of hawker centres. As always it’s safer to avoid raw vegetables, shellfish and reheated foods, and to wash fruit which has not been peeled. The tap water is safe to drink. Hepatitis A infection is not unknown, although rare, and
vaccination may be considered.