In view of the latest COVID-19 Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s guidance to reduce the level of social interactions in the community, the Istana Open House (IOH) on Thursday, 13 May 2021 will be cancelled.

Those who had successfully obtained their tickets for this IOH will be able to gain admission to the next IOH using their existing tickets.

With the COVID-19 situation stabilising in the preceding months, we had previously planned to reopen the Istana to the public in stages, starting with this IOH in May. However, since we announced the restarting of this IOH, there has unfortunately been an increase in the number of local COVID-19 cases. We have therefore decided to err on the side of caution and cancel the IOH. We apologise for any inconveniences caused.

The Istana looks forward to welcoming visitors again once the COVID-19 situation has improved.

4 May 2021

The Istana is reopening its grounds to the public on Thursday, 13 May 2021. It will be organising a combined Istana Open House (IOH) for members of the public on that day to celebrate Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa.

istana open housePhoto courtesy: Eugene Yeo

Due to COVID-19, the Istana grounds have been closed to the public since February 2020. With the further easing of community measures in Phase 3 of re-opening, the Istana will be reopening the grounds for IOH in stages and with safe management measures in place.

To better manage the number of visitors in Istana at any one time, visitors who wish to visit the Istana on 13 May 2021 will have to register in advance. Tickets will be allotted based on two-hourly time slots and on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no charges for the tickets. Ticket registration will begin on Thursday, 29 April 2021, from 10am. Members of the public may visit the website for more details.

Visitors to this IOH can look forward to the many gardens and open spaces within the Istana grounds, including the new “Inclusive Garden” launched by President Halimah in February 2021. However, to avoid gathering of large groups, there will be no performances, tours, booths or food trucks within the Istana grounds during this IOH, unlike previous ones. The main building will also not be open to public.

Safe distancing ambassadors will be deployed to ensure visitors observe safe distancing measures. The Istana seeks visitors’ cooperation and understanding so that the Istana Open House will be a pleasant experience for all.

It is Hari Raya Puasa. We have compiled a list of Where to go during Hari Raya Puasa in Singapore. Click on the image below to find out more.

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