Free entry for walk-in and drive-in visitors to Sentosa as part of SG50 celebrations

SINGAPORE - As part of Sentosa's SG50 celebrations this year, visitors who walk, drive or take a taxi to the island resort may enter for free.

From Monday until Dec 31, those who enter Sentosa via the boardwalk will not have to pay the $1 fee. Those who drive or take a taxi will enjoy free entry after 5pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays. Usual admission charges for cars and taxis range from $2 to $7.

Celebrations kicked off on Friday evening with a mass birthday bash for Singaporeans turning 50 this year, hosted by local personality Gurmit Singh. They were nominated by family members and friends over a four-week campaign.

Other highlights at Sentosa this year include the opening of the intra-island cable car line in May, which will transport visitors around the island.

"Many of us hold special memories of time spent on Sentosa as children and adults, and with family and friends," said Mr Mike Barclay, chief executive of Sentosa Development Corporation. "In this SG50 year, we encourage everyone to re-connect with Sentosa and enjoy our beautiful beaches and public spaces, our free programming and the many experiences we offer across the island."

Throughout the next few months leading up to the National Day weekend in August, Singaporeans can look forward to a line-up of events such as a SG50 sand sculpture display, beach carnival and complimentary entries to selected attractions. More details will be released on the Sentosa website.