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What permits do I need to drive in Singapore?

Travel Singapore /December 2016

Singapore spans about 719.1km2 is fully packed with breathtakingly beautiful skyscrapers, integrated resort world, serene gardens and glamorous casino.


The city’s multicultural population has left the city with vibrant colors, bold distinct character, and its own allure.


There is the famous conventional view such as Gardens by The Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa and others the kind that you can Google and get a pretty good idea about it- just see the picture below for example. Yet there are many things that you could experience if you are willing to travel adventurously; areas that tell a story and laced with history.


Singapore Marina Bay Sands- Helix Bridge


Singapore is a country that is rich in history, art as well as unique local cuisines. All of which are scattered throughout the island. If you really want to discover Singapore, renting a car could be the best possible option as it is convenient, time-efficient and comfortable. Now, before you go searching for the cheapest rental rate, below are some information on the required driving permit in Singapore.


Singapore is quite open on allowing foreign drivers on its road. If your driving license is printed in English, there are no additional documents you need to provide. For a driving license that is not printed in English, a translation by either the relevant embassy or any Singapore registered translation companies is required.

 *Exception applies if you are holding a driving license issued by either Brunei, Indonesia and/or Malaysia.


Short term visitors are entitled to drive in Singapore up to 12 months from the date of last entry into Singapore. However, if you are planning to stay in Singapore longer, you are required to convert your driving license.


To learn more about the conversion of driving license, you can check here. If you are above 18 years old and holds work pass/dependent pass/ student pass, you are required to hold a driving license that was issued prior to your issuance of the respective pass.

After you checked whether you have the necessary documents, check out our guide on where to go this Christmas and New Year 2016!