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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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How to get International Driving License in Singapore

Visit our application page by clicking "start my application" button and start filling up online form for international driving license Singapore. Make sure to enter the correct zip code to avoid shipping delays. The whole process is quick and easy and all applications will be processed within two hours or less.

Do I need an international driving license in Singapore?

Yes, you do. Tourists are only allowed to drive in Singapore if a local driver’s license accompanied by an international driver’s license. Your international driving license for Singapore validity is up to one year, so if you plan on staying for more than a year, you need to apply for a renewal.

Top Destinations in Singapore

Singapore is the only island city-state globally, and it resides at the end of the Malay Peninsula, which is 85 miles north of the Equator. The country consists of 60 small islets and has a diamond-shaped island. The country resides between Indonesia and Malaysia, which explains its hot, wet climate features and tropical rainforests. Singapore is one of the favorite tourist destinations due to its beautiful scenery and entertainment hubs.

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands is the most visited tourist attraction in Singapore. This resort complex has a high-end luxury hotel, a mall with a canal running through it, the ArtScience Museum, and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck, a vantage point for looking in the entire city. The Skypark’s viewing deck and infinity pool are inside a ship that tops the hotel. Anyone can visit the deck, but only hotel guests are allowed to use the infinity pool.

The resort’s unique architecture and entertainment areas are what drives tourist to this place. Based on its records, up to 14 million tourists visit the city-state annually. Many of whom are attracted to the resort’s iconic three-tower luxury hotel that now graces the skyline, crowned by the breathtaking ship, from which visitors can take in 360-degree views from the 55-story hotel.

What can you do here?

While at the top of the city, you can grab a snack or a coffee at the rooftop restaurant or pick up some souvenirs from the souvenir stand. You can also purchase a photo of yourself green-screened in front of the massive hotel as it is up all night. However, buying a photo costs 50 Singapore dollars, so if you’re saving your budget for something else - better ask a fellow tourist to take a picture of you if possible.

What makes this national park famous?

Marina Bay Sands is considered the world’s most Instagrammable tourist destination. The place is the right destination for people who appreciate luxury. Marina Bay Sands is famous for transforming Singapore’s city skyline. From the Skypark, you can see the double helix bridge, the port, the impressive skyline, and the Gardens by the Bay - another top tourist attraction in this country.

When is the best time to go?

The resort is open for visitors from 10:30 am to 10 p.m on weekdays and 11 p.m on weekends. If you plan to visit this luxury resort, the best time to visit is early evening, so you can catch the sunset over Singapore and then get a first-hand experience to watch it lit up with thousands of lights.

When is the worst time to go?

If you are not a fan of sunlight kissing your skin, the worst time to visit the resort would be at noon. Since you will be staying at the top, you will directly feel the sun kissing your face and skin. However, you can stay inside the restaurant at the top of the building and wait inside until you can see the sunset.

What is the historical significance of the place?

The Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay within the Downtown Core district of Singapore, was billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino during its opening in 2010. The Las Vegas Sands Corporation owns the resort, was built in less than five years and costs S$8 billion, including the land cost.

  • From Changi Airport, drive directly along the East Coast Parkway.
  • Then via East Coast Parkway, drive straight to Sheares Avenue.
  • When you come upon Sheares Avenue, you can reach Marina Bay Sands.

Gardens by the Bay

You can locate Gardens by the Bay from the top of the Marina Bay Sands, and once you’ve caught a glimpse of this wonderfully designed green space, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it. This destination is perfect for nature lovers who want to enjoy the vibrant plant life and escaping the city bustle for a moment. This green space covers 1.28 hectares and broke the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse in 2015.

What can you do here?

If you want to escape Singapore’s busy streets and want to breathe fresh air, this destination is perfect for you. You can wander through the Bay East Garden to enjoy the lively plant life, and you can find a cluster of iconic, futuristic structures designed to perform environmentally sustainable functions. You can head to the Cloud Forest Dome to check out the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

What makes this national park famous?

In 2015, the park broke the Guinness World Records as the World’s Largest Glass Greenhouse. It is home to plants and flowers from five continents, from thousand-year-old olive trees to magnolias and orchids. Gardens by the Bay is a masterpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom while educating visitors with unique plants.

When is the best time to go?

If you plan on visiting Gardens by the Bay, the best time would be on weekdays to avoid the crowds. You can also pay a visit towards early morning when it’s quiet and more relaxed or in the evening when it is cool, and you can see the light show. Many people like to visit the place in the evening, so if you want to enjoy the plant kingdom in peace, the best time to go would be in the morning.

When is the worst time to go?

If you love watching and learning about the plant kingdom, and you want to do it in a quiet and relaxed way, avoid visiting Gardens by the Bay at nighttime. The crowds are enormous during the night time since there is a light show during the night, so expect a long line to buy tickets to the skywalk and another line to get up the lift.

  • Pass via the Circle Line or Downtown Line.
  • Enter the Bayfront MRT Station.
  • Take Exit B and follow the underground linkway.
  • Cross the Dragonfly Bridge.
  • Arrive at Gardens by the Bay.

Most Important Rules of Driving in Singapore

Driving to Singapore’s top tourist destinations can be smooth and hassle-free when following the country’s driving rules and driving etiquette. Most of Singapore’s driving regulations are similar to the other countries, and their road signs are in English, so the controls are easy to understand, and there’s no excuse for you to violate them. Here are the most important driving rules in Singapore that you need to keep in mind.

Carry the required documents at all times

Before hitting the road, make sure that you bring with you the essential documents needed. You may encounter many checkpoints in this country, so make sure that you have your local driver’s license, passport, international driver’s permit for Singapore, and insurance documents of the car if you have any. The authorities can charge you with unlicensed driving in Singapore.

Your IDP acts as an international driving license valid in Singapore so that you can drive in the city.

Drive below the speed limit

Don’t drive above the speed limit - 50 kilometers per hour. Driving below the speed limit is a strict rule imposed in Singapore to avoid road accidents. If you get caught overspeeding, you will face a severe offense, and you will have to pay a fine, which could ruin your vacation in the country. As a tourist, be a good driver when in the streets of Singapore.

Renew Your License

If you plan on staying in the country more than the IDP’s validity, you must apply for international driving license renewal in Singapore. Convert an international driving license to a Singapore license by visiting the embassy and ask for guidelines for international driving license conversion in Singapore.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Driving while under the influence of alcohol was the leading cause of accidents in Singapore in 2015. Having a small amount of alcohol in your body affects the vision and sharpness of the brain. To avoid being in trouble and causing accidents on the road, you must not drink and drive.

The legal driving age in Singapore is 18 years old, which means you must be at least that age to operate a vehicle. Being at a legal age doesn’t just allow you to drive a car, but car rental companies also require renters to be at a legal age to rent a car.

Overtaking

Overtaking in Singapore is not illegal; however, when driving, you must keep in mind that the right lane is the country’s fast lane. You should always overtake on the right-hand side, and if you are not overtaking, remember to keep left. Don’t forget to turn on your indicators when overtaking to alert the driver behind you. Before overtaking, make sure that no other vehicles are overtaking or coming your way to avoid a collision.

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