Singapore, despite its close proximity to the equator is a very healthy place, with superb medical facilities and exemplary hygiene. Unusually for tropical destinations, even the tap water is safe to drink.

With the exception of Yellow Fever, for those travelling from an infected area, no vaccinations are required as a condition of entry to Singapore. However, as with all travel, the decision to avoid medical precautions should either be based on medical advice from your practitioner, or personal acceptance of risk.

If planning to travel without medical protection, it may also be prudent to check for pre-qualifying conditions with regard to ignoring medical advice in your travel insurance policy.

Malaria is not a problem in Singapore, but another mosquito borne disease, dengue fever, spread by the distinctive black and white striped day-biting mosquito is on the rise.

Although no certificates are required, medical practitioners may recommend a vaccination for Tetanus A, which is found in Singapore.

For those unfamiliar with travel in the planet’s tropical regions, special attention should be given to the possibility of dehydration, sunstroke and sunburn. Always drink plenty of water and wear a high factor sunscreen and bear in mind that it is possible to suffer from considerable sunburn even on completely overcast days, particularly in the first few days of your trip.

Pharmacies in Singapore are of a high standard, with well trained staff, but on the precautionary principal, if you rely on particular medication or other health related products it is better to bring an adequate supply with you when you travel. It is also recommended to have a dental check prior to travelling to avoid the unforeseen spoiling your holiday.