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Going to Singapore – problems at immigration

By on March 3, 2013 in Malaysia, Singapore

Today I had my first real trip to Singapore for some sight-seeing and touristy fun. However, first I had to get across the border.

Last weekend I got the car sorted out for entry into Singapore (see Getting the car ready to go to Singapore…), which was quite a challenging experience, and as it turned out this time getting into Singapore wasn’t as easy as I had hoped.

What floored me was the immigration question “Where are you going and what are you doing?”. I had an address I was heading towards to meet my friends, but I couldn’t remember it as I was simply following the directions as given by my GPS (see My new best friend? A GPS unit). Plus, I didn’t know what we were going to do once we met up. Neither of these answers satisfied the guy on the immigration desk.

After a bit more explaining, which involved showing immigration the address in an e-mail (and it turned out the immigration officers didn’t know the location), I was finally allowed to enter Singapore once I been through the customary car search.

Moral of this story, if entering Singapore make sure you know where you’re going and what you’re doing!

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