The National Day Istana Open House (IOH) was held on Sunday, 17 July 2022.
The Istana is typically open to the public on five days during the year. Visitors can look forward to special performances, tour selected rooms in the Main Building or go on guided nature walks on the grounds. Do check back for details on future IOHs.
There will be merchandise booths with limited-edition Istana souvenirs and President’s Challenge souvenirs. Only cashless payments via PayNow will be accepted.
All proceeds will go towards charities supported by President’s Challenge. Social service agencies supported by President’s Challenge 2022 include those from the following sectors:
The souvenirs include memorabilia such as:
Admission Procedures to the Istana Open House on 17 July 2022
1. Admission to the Istana Open House is subject to security checks. Pointed and sharp objects (e.g. knives of any size, fork, scissors), flammable items (e.g. lighter), and canned items (e.g. canned drinks) are not allowed.
2. There are no storage facilities in the Istana. Security personnel reserve the right to deny entry to visitors with prohibited items.
3. Entry to the Istana grounds may be restricted due to inclement weather or other reasons.
4. The IOH may be suspended or cancelled if there is prolonged risk of lightning. Visitors within the Istana grounds can seek shelter at the tentages. Please do not seek shelter under trees or canopies. Visitors may also wish to seek shelter at nearby malls.
Admission Procedures to the Istana Main Building
1. Each Main Building admission pass admits one visitor into the Main Building. Only children below 4 years old may enter for free.
2. Re-entry into the Main Building is not allowed.
3. Visitors must keep their masks on at all times in the Main Building.
4. The consumption of food and drinks is not allowed in the Main Building.
5. Main Building admission passes are purchased on a first-come-first-served basis.
6. To ensure a safe and pleasant experience, the number of admission passes issued will be based on the capacity of the Main Building. Istana reserves the right to deny entry or suspend the issuance of passes when the capacity is expected to be reached.
7. There are no restroom facilities accessible to members of the public within the Main Building.
8. Visits are kept strictly only to the first floor of the Main Building.
9. No photography is allowed within the Main Building.
Visitor Etiquette and Safe Management Measures Within Istana Grounds
1. Visitors who are feeling unwell on that day are strongly encouraged not to visit Istana.
2. Visitors are requested to maintain good hygiene.
3. Smoking is strictly prohibited on the Istana grounds.
4. Please keep the Istana grounds litter-free.
5. Activities such as wheeled sports (e.g. cycling, roller blading, riding PMDs) are not allowed.
6. No pets are allowed except certified guide dogs.
7. Follow all prevailing safe management measures.
The IOH Organising Committee reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time at their sole and absolute discretion without notice. By proceeding with the visit, the visitors agree to be bound by the updated terms. These terms and conditions and all its subsequent variations shall be subject to and governed by the laws of Singapore.
Visitors hereby agree that the Istana Open House Organising Committee may take photographs or recordings of any visitor at the Istana Open House for any purpose, without prior approval or compensation.
The President is responsible for safeguarding the national reserves and the integrity of the public service. The President also receives foreign dignitaries, officiates at state functions and performs other ceremonial and community duties.
Besides official functions, the President actively supports community and social causes. The President often graces events organised by grassroots, community and welfare groups, as well as ethnic and religious organisations.
The portraits of President Halimah and her spouse, Mr Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, are displayed in public buildings. The Presidential Standard is flown at the Istana in the day, when the President is in the country. The Presidential Crest is used on state crockery, gifts and stationery related to the President.