How to Drive into Singapore

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:

  1. Forgot to top up my fuel tank in Johor.
  2. 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:

  1. Passports for everyone in the car
  2. Filled disembarkation/embarkation forms for everyone in the car (can be filled at the checkpoint too if you don’t have one)
  3. Autopass card for your vehicle (can be obtained at the checkpoint if you don’t have one)

Disembarkation / Embarkation Forms

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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.

Autopass Card

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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.

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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!

Travelling woes

Travelling in KL can be a real pain in the ***. Even if you have a car, you still have to pay expensive tolls and pay for expensive petrol. And taking the KTM and LRT is not cheap either if you travel a lot. Last week I managed to travel to Nilai using 2 buses only. And that cost me RM8. From Subang MAS to KLIA, then from KLIA to INTI. But the bus from Subang is reserved for MAS staff only.

I came all the way to Nilai for this.

Then on Saturday I travelled down to Pudu, going through the Bandar Tasik Selatan KTM. Got some electronic parts and stuff. They don’t sell ultra fast recovery 1000v 20a, so I had to settle with 1000v 3a. I think I will go to Farnell for parts.

Travelling in a KTM can induce boredom, especially if you need to switch off your phone to conserve battery.

Then I met KC at the Bandar Tasik Selatan station and we went to Midvalley. I got some stuff from ACE hardware for my upcoming project. I’m a sucker for shiney things. And we headed over to Subang Jaya to meet my housemates who are going to Asia Cafe for dinner.

This is what I’ll be seeing every morning when I go to work.

I’ve heard of Asia Cafe quite a few times, but I have no idea how it was like. It looks like a normal food court, but it’s bursting with activity and of course girls. Great place to hang out for us MAS guys. But the drinks are expensive. RM4 for a cup of juice.


Someone needs to get their BM right.

I need a car.

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