Health and security risks in expat destinations: Singapore

Research into the risk ratings of nineteen popular expatriate destinations has been published. The research examined security and medical facilities. In this article the spotlight is on Singapore.

Health and security risks in expat destinations: Singapore
No organisation today can afford to neglect its duty of care. To reduce health risks to individuals, and business and reputational risks to their employers, planning, preparation and up-to-date information are vital.As part of their series on global risk in popular expatriate destinations, global medical assistance provider CEGA and security specialist Solace Global discuss the risk rating in Singapore.


OVERALL RISK RATING: LOWAn international transit hub and home to a large expatriate population, Singapore has a general threat from terrorism. In January 2016, Islamist militants attacked neighbouring Indonesia and other suspected plotters were arrested in Malaysia – but the country is still one of the world’s most secure travel destinations.Authorities have strict security measures in place, such as border controls, police surveillance and access restrictions at some public venues. Unauthorised public demonstrations are illegal and punishments for drinking alcohol in public or handling drugs can be severe. 

Crime rate

Violent crimes against tourists are rare, although pickpocketing and street theft are common in public areas. Air pollution is generally a seasonal problem; the country is severely affected by forest fires in neighbouring states.

Medical facilities

Medical care is excellent and the country is one of the preferred medical evacuation destinations for East and Southeast Asia.


A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry, although the disease is not prevalent. Other recommended vaccinations include tetanus, while precautions should be taken against the Zika virus and dengue fever.For related news and features, visit our Health & Wellness section.Access hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory  Get access to our free Global Mobility Toolkit Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centre