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Trip Preparation and Helpful Links - Singapore

Passport: Required; make sure it is valid through 6 months after the end of your trip.

Visa: Not required (for less than 90 days)

Insurance: International Student ID Card (ISIC – through STA Travel, or Confirm with Matt and Jewell.


Routine – MMR, DPT, flu, chickenpox, polio, etc.
Hepatitis A and B
Japanese Encephalitis

Malaria: No risk (unless you leave Singapore)

Dengue Fever: Cases have been reported throughout Southeast Asia, including Singapore. There isn’t a vaccine, but bring insect repellent, clothes with long, baggy sleeves, mosquito netting, etc. Recommended insect repellents have 30-50% DEET.

Notices: See the above CDC link for travel and safety notices about Bird Flu, dengue, measles, and other recommendations for safety.

Currency/Exchange: Singapore Dollar - 1/26/10: $1 = 1.40 Singapore dollar

Weather: It will be warm, humid, and often rainy.

In May, June and July: Average temperatures: 88 high / 75 low. Average rainfall: 5.5 - 6.2 inches.

IPO 24 Hour Emergency Number: +1(602) 220-1372

Other Notes
Call bank and credit card companies to inform them you will be out of the country and using your cards abroad, so they don’t freeze them.

At LAX, you have to walk outside to the international terminal, or take a bus there. You may consider looking up the layouts of the airports you will be using in advance.

You will need a power adapter in order for your plugs to fit. You can probably get them there, but you may want to buy one here before the trip.


Helpful Links

National University of Singapore:

University Scholars Programme:

USP-Piper Introductory Creative Writing Workshop:

Singapore Travelers’ Information:



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