There are several reasons why you might want to drive into Singapore. It is very easy for Malaysian cars to enter Singapore. This guide is to help you make your journey down as trouble-free as possible. But before you begin a long journey, check out the Driving Checklist and ensure that your car is safe to drive first.
I made 2 crucial mistakes when I first drove into Singapore:
- Forgot to top up my fuel tank in Johor.
- Forgot to change Singapore Dollars.
Luckily I didn’t have to drive in Singapore so fuel wasn’t a problem. Took the cab most of the time and used my aunt’s car. As for the lack of Sing Dollars, I was fortunate enough to meet 2 friendly Malaysian couples who exchanged 10SGD for me to pay for the Autopass card.
To avoid jams, try not to enter Singapore between 6am-9am on a weekday. That’s when everyone is rushing to work and you do not want to get caught in the jam.
Get the following items ready when you approach the Tuas or Woodlands checkpoint:
- Passports for everyone in the car
- Filled disembarkation/embarkation forms for everyone in the car (can be filled at the checkpoint too if you don’t have one)
- Autopass card for your vehicle (can be obtained at the checkpoint if you don’t have one)
Disembarkation / Embarkation Forms
This form must be filled everytime you enter Singapore. Forms are available free of charge from the checkpoints and travel agents. One portion of this form must be kept and surrendered when you leave Singapore.
This is an Autopass card. You will need this to drive your car into Singapore. The Autopass card is a prepaid card that can be used to pay for parking and tolls.
If you do not have one, you will have to park your vehicle and apply for one at the checkpoint office. Do take note of your car’s road tax expiry date and make sure that it has not expired.
Take note of the expiry date because they will need that information.
To apply for the Autopass you will need to fill up a form and pay SGD10. The card costs SGD6 so you will have SGD4 preloaded in your card. The Autopass card is NOT TRANSFERABLE. Also do take note that foreign registered vehicles have 10 free VEP (vehicle entry permit) days to drive in Singapore. After the 10 days are used up, it’s SGD20 per day.
Once you have applied for the card, you can then drive your vehicle into Singapore. When driving in Singapore, especially for Malaysians, the speed limit is indicated by the number in the red circle and you actually have to follow them. Also, pedestrians have the right of way at a zebra crossing. Red lights on the traffic light means stop, as opposed to go. Yellow means prepare to stop, as opposed to accelerate.
By following the above rules, you are guaranteed to have a fun and enjoyable drive (minus the jams) in Singapore. Good luck!