Singapore

singapore

Country: Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in southeast Asia. It is located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is about 85 miles north of the equator.

The country is highly urbanized and little of the original vegetation remains. Singapore is one of the world's major commercial hubs, with the fourth largest financial center and one of the five busiest ports. Its capital is Singapore.

The population is approximately 5.3 million. The most commonly spoken languages are Standard Mandarin and English.

To access emergency services: Dial 995

Currency: Singapore dollar (SGD)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Singapore, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in a Singaporian hospital: Generally speaking, hospitals in Singapore have outstanding reputations. The private clinics attract wealthy patients from all over Asia. The city state of Singapore’s medical facilities also have a good reputation among local residents and medical tourists from other Asian countries.

Public facilities offer care of similar quality and cost compared to private clinics. Foreign residents admitted to any of the hospitals in Singapore often have to provide credit card information and leave a large deposit.

Most hospitals in Singapore are used to dealing with foreign patients on a daily basis, and they often have international patient services and liaison centers.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Singapore: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

Singapore-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices. 

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