Useful Information

Getting Around
With an MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system, public buses and taxis making up Singapore's affordable, efficient and well connected transport network, getting around the island is quick, easy and convenient.
A tropical climate means Singapore is largely hot and humid with little variation throughout the year. Temperatures average 31°C during the day, dropping to around 24°C in the evening. Expect heavy rains from November during the monsoon season.
English is the main language for communication while Mandarin, Malay and Tamil are widely spoken.
While casual, light summer wear is recommended for daily wear, formal dress codes may be required at some establishments. Do check ahead.
220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second.
Common power plugs are three-pin, square-shaped.
Drinking Water
Singapore's tap water is safe for drinking.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police: 999
Ambulance: 995
No Smoking Please
Smoking is not allowed in air-conditioned areas like shopping centres, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas. It is also prohibited on public transportation, lifts and certain public areas.
Passports must be valid for at least six months upon arrival, even if you are in transit. A return ticket is also required. Please contact your embassy for more information. If you lose your passport while in Singapore, please make a police report immediately and inform your embassy in Singapore.
Travel Visa
Overseas visitors who do not require tourist visas may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon arrival. Do consult your embassy or tour agent before leaving your country.
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General banking hours are from 9am to 3pm from Mondays to Fridays; 9.30am to 1pm on Saturdays.
Selected banks on Orchard Road open on Sundays from 9.30am to 3pm.
The currency of choice is the Singapore dollar (SGD) and cents. The smallest dollar note denomination is SGD2 while the biggest is SGD1,000. Coins are denominated in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as SGD1.
GST Refund
Tourists may claim for a refund of the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) for purchases above SGD100 made at participating retail shops. For more information, visit the Tourist Refund Scheme page on the Singapore Customs website at or