Getting AroundWith 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.
ClimateA 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.
LanguageEnglish is the main language for communication while Mandarin, Malay and Tamil are widely spoken.
ClothingWhile casual, light summer wear is recommended for daily wear, formal dress codes may be required at some establishments. Do check ahead.
Electricity220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second.
Common power plugs are three-pin, square-shaped.
Drinking WaterSingapore's tap water is safe for drinking.
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No Smoking PleaseSmoking 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.
PassportPassports 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 VisaOverseas 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.
Please refer to www.ica.gov.sg for more information.
BankingGeneral 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.
CurrencyThe 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 RefundTourists 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 www.customs.gov.sg or www.iras.gov.sg