Thursday 11 July 2019

7 Tips for Travellers With Disabilities Coming to Singapore

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With the increase in elderly population in Singapore, travel by people with disabilities is getting more and more common. Also known as disabled travel or accessibly travel, travellers with disabilities are getting more recognition and support as the travel industry in Singapore evolves to accommodate them.

1. Ask Your Airline For Help
Before booking or arranging the trip, make sure to ask your airline for help. Many airlines will have priority queues for people with disabilities, which can help to make sure that the disabled user gets through airport without much delay and difficulties.

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2. Buy/Rent a Travel Wheelchair.
When it comes to wheelchairs, you can either choose to bring your own wheelchair, or to rent or buy from places in Singapore. If you’re a traveller looking for something affordable, then one of the most reputable wheelchair places with cheaper wheelchairs would be Vertex Mobility. You can either choose from their range of travel wheelchairs or lightweight wheelchairs. The best thing is, you can arrange for a same-day delivery to your hotel. They also do wheelchair rentals, but it’s recommended that you purchase a wheelchair as it is more cost-effective, without having to worry about returning the wheelchair to them.

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3. Make Sure You Have Grab/Gojek On Your Phone.
Getting around in a wheelchair in Singapore is now very convenient with Grab and Gojek, two ride hailing services that are very efficient. These Apps are Singapore’s equivalent of Uber / Lyft. Getting a private hire car to pick you up will require less than 5-7 minutes, so make sure you grab these apps!

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4. Get Advice & Recommendations From Singapore Tourism Board.
Singapore focuses a lot on its tourism industry, with many visitor centers situated throughout the country. They have a hotline at 1800 736 2000, which you can call Toll-Free, from 9am-6pm on Mondays to Fridays. For areas where you aren’t sure are wheelchair accessible, simply drop them a call and they’ll be more than happy to help you!

5. Take a doctor’s note and phone number
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, do remember to take a doctor’s note which describes the full extent of your condition and any possible complications. It’s also important to have the doctor’s emergency contact number just in case of any incidents.

6. Avoid connecting flights
Connecting flights can be a real pain for those with disabilities. Having to maneuver through new airports and places can be very tiring. If possible, try to avoid connecting flights.

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7. Allow 3 Hours to Check In & Transfer.
It’s best to give a 3 hour allowance before the lift-off time to check in and make sure everything is fine. As a disabled person travelling on a wheelchair, it’s always a good idea to have some extra time to make sure that you get onto your flight properly. Unexpected security checks or luggage restrictions could cause some delays.

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Lastly – enjoy your trip to Singapore! Singapore’s a great place with many disability-friendly areas, so you’ll be sure to have a good trip J

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