As of February 2023, Singapore has eased up on COVID-19-related travel insurance requirements. Visitors are no longer required to obtain travel insurance before entering the country, but the government still highly recommends it.
In case things go wrong, having travel insurance coverage can provide an added layer of security. A comprehensive travel insurance plan may cover emergency medical expenses and assistance, lost or delayed baggage, unexpected trip cancellations and flight delays.
Singapore is known for outdoor adventure activities like kayaking, scuba diving and hiking — and travel insurance can offer peace of mind when you’re exploring the great outdoors. Most plans include emergency medical coverage if you sustain injuries while traveling, and some policies offer protection for sporting gear.
But every traveler is unique and will require different coverage. Whether you’re an adventure aficionado or a business traveler, there’s an insurance plan that’s right for you. Here are the most common travel insurance coverages:
Cancel for Any Reason Coverage
Cancel for any reason coverage, also known as CFAR, allows you to claim reimbursement if you cancel your trip for reasons not listed in your insurance policy. CFAR coverage is advantageous for travelers who might need to cancel their trip for unconventional reasons.
When compared to standard travel insurance, CFAR coverage is more flexible. However, it can be more costly and doesn’t always cover you completely. There are a handful of rules to qualify for coverage, including:
- You may have to cancel at least 48 hours before your departure date.
- You need to buy CFAR coverage within a certain number of days after booking your trip.
Gear Theft Protection
Singapore has some of the highest safety rankings in the world. Nevertheless, backing yourself with gear theft protection can still be a wise choice, especially if you’re traveling with valuable personal belongings, travel documents and credit cards.
Travel insurance can help cover you in case your items are lost, damaged or stolen. Although travel insurance policies include predetermined cost limitations and exclusions, coverage is worth considering if you wish to bring the following:
- A laptop, tablet or smartphone
- Professional cameras and equipment
- Sports equipment (like a kayak)
Note that, due to sub-limits on some policies, your policy may not cover the full value of your items. Review your policy documents, including the product disclosure statement, to ensure you are protected. If not, you may want to consider leaving some of your more valuable items at home.
Medical Emergency Insurance and Emergency Medical Evacuation
If you encounter health complications during your trip, having travel insurance with medical emergencies and evacuation coverage can make a big difference.
In Singapore, the smog and tropical heat may negatively affect some travelers. Be sure to declare any pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma or skin conditions when booking your trip insurance.
Travel insurance for medical emergencies can cover a variety of scenarios, from viral outbreaks to unforeseen medical treatments. Keep in mind that your US health insurance card may not provide coverage abroad, even if you have a private plan. If things go awry, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you have medical protection with travel insurance.
For medical emergency coverage, a standard travel insurance policy may include:
- Hospital admission fees
- Operations and operating room fees
- Ambulance fees
- X-rays and lab tests
- Dental costs
Travel insurance companies also usually include coverage for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. In recent years following the pandemic, medical insurance has become a consideration for many American travelers.
Some companies also offer medical coverage for sports and adventure enthusiasts. Overseas medical expenses and treatments can add up, especially if you’re into extreme sports.
Rental Car Protection
Singapore requires car rental companies to have insurance. In most cases, rental car insurance in Singapore covers the vehicle in the event of traffic accidents. Most car rental companies opt for a basic collision damage waiver coverage that comes with limitations. Two important factors to look out for include:
- Most car rental companies will choose to opt for a higher excess, or what you will have to pay when making a claim.
- The majority of companies will only cover car use in Singapore.
Check your insurance policy before driving a Singapore rental car into other countries. For example, you may not have coverage if you drive a vehicle from Singapore to places like Hong Kong, Brunei, Cambodia or Malaysia.
If you’re traveling to Singapore and planning to rent a car, you can also purchase travel insurance with rental car coverage for extra protection. Some types of rental car coverage include:
- Collision damage waivers
- Theft protection
- Third-party liability
- Personal accident insurance
Trip Cancellation Insurance
Trip cancellation insurance can reimburse you in the event of unforeseen circumstances while traveling. This type of travel insurance covers cancellations for the following reasons:
- Death of a traveling companion or immediate family member
- Diagnosis of a serious medical condition or injury
- Natural disasters or dangerous weather conditions
- Domestic or international acts of terrorism
- Legal obligations like jury duty
Trip cancellation insurance is mostly limited to the above reasons. For more flexibility, it’s best to opt for CFAR coverage.