Overland Singapore Travel

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Visiting Singapore[edit]

Singapore is an island republic that prides itself for its cleanliness, strict laws and swift punishment. Before entering Singapore it is important to know its prohibition and ban. Best to refer to the Singapore Customs website.
Singapore has a total ban on any camper vans, caravan trailers and mini buses with cooking and sleeping facilities as stated in the Singapore Land Transport Authority website.
Overlanders might have to leave their campers or motorhomes in Malaysia's Johor Bahru and cross the causeway using public transport or rental car.

Entering Singapore with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: December 2015

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Singapore, application instructions and fees see: Singapore Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
A Carnet de Passage is mandatory to enter enter Singapore with any kind of motorized vehicle.

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

State the cost for a vehicle to enter

Permitted length of stay[edit]

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Singapore[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Singapore[edit]

Lonely Planet Singapore (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Singapore (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Cristian Bonetto
From $11.16 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon
Malaysia & Singapore Handbook: Travel Guide To Malaysi...
Malaysia & Singapore Handbook: Travel Guide To Malaysi...
by Paul Dixon
From $35.06 on Amazon

Travel insurance for Singapore[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

Unknown if LHD vehicles can be driven in Singapore.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Good quality roads with few potholes.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

Bribery in Singapore[edit]

Bribery is strictly forbidden. Call the police if anyone ask for bribes.


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas and Diesel price in Singapore[edit]

Last updated: October 2012

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €1.38 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €1.05 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

No gas shortages. Gas stations can be found every 5km approximately.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Safe to drive at night. All roads are lit.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Parking in Singapore is safe in all areas. However, do note that on public roadside parking lots, take note of the colour of the lines on the lot as it denotes parking charges and chargeable period. There are broadly 4 types of parking in Singapore. a) Free parking: Rare but it is often found near public beaches or in landed residential estates. b) Paid street parking: Depending on location and colour of the lot, charges vary from SGD$0.60 an hour to SGD$2.40. Payment can be made via the purchase of a coupon or an app https://www.parking.sg/ c) HDB Parking (Public Housing): Parking in public apartment housing estates are usually operated by electronic gantry and fees are deducted from a cashcard / flashpay card you can buy at petrol stations or through an in-vehicle unit that is installed in all Singapore cars. d) Private Parking: Typically found in commercial buildings such as malls, these are operated by electronic gantry and fees are deducted from a cashcard / flashpay card.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Singapore[edit]

Camping in tents is possible at approved sites eg near the East Coast beach. Information can be found here https://www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/fun-and-recreation/camping However there are strict rules in place that will make it difficult for an overlander. Eg you can book a site for 4 days out of a month and you need to have a local Singapore address to register. There are free carpark lots by the East Coast Beach where you can park, swim, bathe but hotel and hostels should be the default accommodation for your stay.

Whilst there are certainly places like dense forests in Singapore that one could 'Wild Camp', please note that it is not allowed and can attract a SGD$2000 fine https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/more-caught-camping-illegally

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Singapore is part of the most advanced countries in water management. Tap water is safe to drink in Singapore.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Singapore

Singapore (world City Map) (english, German, Dutch, Fr...
Singapore (world City Map) (english, German, Dutch, Fr...
by Reise- Und Verkehrsverlag, Geocenter
From $click on Amazon
Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia Marco Polo Map (ma...
Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, & Cambodia Marco Polo Map (ma...
by Marco Polo Travel Publishing
From $5.00 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Singapore City Map (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Singapore City Map (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
From $3.48 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Singapore City Map (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Singapore City Map (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
From $3.48 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Singapore[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Singapore[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Travellers in Classic or vintage cars can approach David Motor Works https://www.davidworksgarage.com/

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Singapore[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

Helpful External links[edit]

Add any helpful external links here.