Find out which power adaptor to bring, what clothes to pack to suit the weather, whether you need to apply for a visa, and other useful information before you visit Singapore.
Check up on visa requirements and the Visa Free Transit Facility with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you.
The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and taxis in Singapore.
Smoking is prohibited in public transportation, air-conditioned and common places, including areas within 5 metres of building entrances and bus shelters.
Singapore is hot and humid all year round, with temperatures reaching highs of over 30°C. Rain storms are unpredictable, and often torrential but brief.
Singapore has four official languages - Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil, but English is the default common language.
The standard electrical current in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles). Power plugs are large with three square prongs, similar to the UK.
Water from the tap is safe to drink in Singapore. Bottled water is also widely available.
Singapore's social calendar is marked by annual festivals and major events such as the Great Singapore Sale (May-Jun), Formula 1 Grand Prix (Sept) and Christmas (Dec).
Hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants are open seven days a week. Small businesses such as hawker stalls often close one day of the week and during festive holidays.
Apply for a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) when you make purchases worth more than 100SGD from participating outlets. Please visit www.customs.gov.sg for more information.
From 10.30pm to 7am, liquor consumption in public areas is prohibited. At this time, alcohol can only be purchased and consumed at licensed premises and at home.
Tipping is not a Singaporean culture but it is a growing practice for good service in restaurants, hotels and taxis.
*As you prepare for your trip to Singapore, do remember to complete the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service before you leave your departure point. This is available electronically on the Singapore Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority website or through the ICA app or the Visit Singapore Travel Guide App, allowing you to submit your arrival information up to three days before your visit.
From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders returning to Singapore, including work pass holders and their dependents working in sectors that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport, will be required to submit a health declaration through the SGAC e-Service before proceeding with immigration clearance. This health declaration should be submitted up to three days prior to arrival in Singapore. Those who make false declarations will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. For more information on travel declaration requirements, please refer to the Ministry of Health website.
Mid-range hotels in good locations start from 120SGD/85USD a night. Luxury hotels start from 340SGD/240USD a night.
A McDonald's regular McValue Meal cost 7.50SGD/5.50USD
A movie ticket costs around 13.50SGD/9.50USD. Prices can vary according to screening times.
A 2km taxi ride during non-peak hours can cost 7SGD/5USD
Enjoy the sights and sounds without hassle by using the Singapore Tourist Pass. With the all-day Pass, you can save time and money as it offers you unlimited rides on Singapore's public transport system, including the MRT, LRT and basic bus services. It excludes travel on premium and niche bus services. The pass is available in three options – 1-day (10SGD/7USD), 2-days (16SGD/12USD) and 3-days (20SGD/14USD), with a refundable 10SGD/7USD deposit for the card. You can purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass from select TransitLink Ticket Offices located at MRT stations. For more information, please visit www.thesingaporetouristpass.com.sg.
Most of the necessary applications for approval for various licenses and permits can be made through the official website Below are some activities that require approvals, licenses and permits. Always ensure that all proper approvals, licenses and permits are obtained and maintained for its activities, whether before, during or after the Event.
Advertising using Singapore flag
Flying of non-Singapore nationality flags
Flying of helium balloon in the open areas (License approval required only if there is text on the balloon)
Sale of liquor
Auction of liquor
Smoking and tobacco products
Selling / Supply of Food & Beverage
Display or Sale of Dragon fish
Foodstuff, animal / bird / fish exhibition, livestock and all agricultural products
Restricted/Controlled activities within railway protection zone at service bay (Construction, crane or hoisting equipment, show billboards, scaffolding, temporary shelters/tentages, storage & demonstration areas)
Temporary erection of Multi Storey Structures
Temporary Change of use for outdoor events
Display of drugs and medicines
Display of cosmetics
Defence-related events with arms and explosive elements
From aromatic jams to fine teas, herbal remedies and Merlion souvenirs, it is easy to pick up a unique souvenir from Singapore.
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