Singapore – General Information
Unique is the word that best captures Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour where you’ll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. A bridge between the East and the West for centuries, Singapore, located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity today. Brimming with unbridled energy and bursting with exciting events, the city offers countless unique, memorable experiences waiting to be discovered.
Country Description
The Republic of Singapore is an independent nation in Southeast Asia. Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, separated only by the narrow Strait of Johor from the mainland, it is a prosperous nation whose people enjoy one of the highest standards of living in Asia. Singapore’s resident population of over 4.2 million inhabitants is comprised of 77% Chinese, 14% Malay, 8% Indian and 1% others. Common languages English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. English is widely spoken.
Singapore has a tropical, wet climate: hot, humid, and rainy with little seasonal change. Annual average temperatures range from a high 28 degrees C (82 degrees F) to a low 23 degrees C (73 degrees F).
Immigration and Customs
Tourists should have valid passports, onward / return tickets, onward facilities (e.g. visas, entry permits, etc.) to their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore. If they require a longer stay, they may apply to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority after their arrival. Women in an advanced state of pregnancy (i.e. 6 months or more) intending to visit Singapore should make prior application to the nearest Singapore overseas mission.
Customs Formalities
Dutiable Goods
  • Intoxicating liquors including wine, beer, ale, stout and port
  • Tobacco including cigarettes and cigars
  • Motor spirit

Non-Dutiable Goods

  • Electronic and electrical goods
  • Cosmetics
  • Cameras, clocks and watches
  • Jewellery, precious metals and precious stones
  • Footwear
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys
The following duty-free concessions are granted to travelers arriving from countries other than Malaysia and who have been away from Singapore for 48 hrs or more:
  • 1 litre spirits (brandy, whisky, gin, rum, vodka, etc.)
  • 1 litre wine
  • 1 litre beer or stout or ale
The local currency is Singapore dollars and cents. Notes come in denominations of SGD 2, SGD 5, SGD 10, SGD 20, SGD 50, SGD 100, SGD 500, SGD 1,000, and SGD 10,000. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and SGD 1.Banking hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturday: 9.30 am to 1 pm (some banks are open until 3 pm). Sunday, 9.30 am to 3 pm
Credit/Charge Cards
Major cards are widely accepted by establishments in Singapore. Should any shop insist on adding a surcharge, contact the respective card company to report the errant shop-owner.
Other than the Singapore Dollar, the US and Australian Dollars, Yen and British Pound are also accepted in most major shopping centres and big departmental stores. There is no restriction on the amount of currency you can bring in.
Drinking Water
It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers always have ample stocks.
Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is viewed seriously in Singapore. Illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is strictly prohibited.
Singapore voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second.
Travellers across the world are understandably more concerned about personal safety and security issues today than ever before. The Singapore Tourism Board would like to assure all our visitors that the situation in Singapore remains calm and stable and it is business as usual.
Smoking is not permitted in public service vehicles, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, air-conditioned restaurants, hair salons, supermarkets, department stores and government offices. Offenders can be fined up to SGD 1,000.
Spitting in public places is an offence.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Here is a list of useful telephone numbers.
  • Police: 999 (toll-free)
  • Emergencies/Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 995 (toll-free)
  • STB Touristline (24-hr automated tourist information system)Tel: 1800 736 2000 (toll-free in Singapore only)
  • CitySearch (operator-assisted Yellow Pages)Tel: (65) 1900 777 7777
  • International CallsTel: 104
  • Time of dayTel: 1711
  • Trunk Calls to MalaysiaDial 109 for operator assistance or 02 for direct dial.
  • Toll-free linesDial 1800 followed by the toll-free line number (in Singapore only).
  • WeatherTel: (65) 6542 7788
Best Time to Visit
Year round
What to Wear
Singapore has a warm and humid climate throughout the year with a daily average temperature range of 24 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius. Light and summer clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions.
How to reach there Singapore by Air:
The Changi International Airport in Singapore is one of the most modernized airports in the world. As Singapore is one of the most important gateways to Southeast Asia, almost all major international airlines fly there. Distance from Changi Airport to City Centre is 20km / 12miles.
Singapore By Rail:
Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s rail system, and three trains go to Kuala Lumpur each day. If you’re going to or coming from Malaysia, your options are myriad, ranging from comfy buses to ferries and even taxis. Trains are also possible from Thailand via Malaysia.
Singapore by Road:
There is an excellent road network between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Visitors can cross borders from the Causeway over the Straits of Johor. Several transport companies offer air-conditioned bus services between Singapore and almost all major Malaysian cities.
Singapore by Sea:
It is possible to reach Singapore by sea from the following countries :Indonesia (Sumatra) : Boats regularly connect Medan with Penang and Dumai with Melaka. It is also possible to reach Johor Bahru from Sumatra (Batu Ampar or Tanjung Pinang).Malaysia : Ferry crossing are possible between Changi Village and Tanjung Belungkor, east of Johor Bahru. More useful maybe is the high speed ferry to Tioman Island which operates daily except during the monsoon from 31st October to 1st March.
Singapore Changi Airport
One of the world’s best airports, the Singapore Changi Airport offers unparalleled service and efficiency at its two Terminals.
Public Transport available @ Changi Airport.
The MaxiCab airport shuttle offers a sheduled service with flexible routing to almost all hotels within the city. The 6-seater MaxiCab has wheel-chair accessible features and luggage room. The shuttle operates from 9am to 11pm at frequencies of 30 minutes during off peak hours (9am to 6pm) and 15 minutes during peak hours (6pm to 11pm). Tickets cost SGD 7 for adults and SGD 5 for children. Bookings are made at the airport shuttle counters and payment made to the MaxiCab driver.
Another option is SBS bus 36 from Orchard Road. The fares range from SGD 0.8 to SGD 1.70, depending on where you are. However, this bus has no specialized facility or space for luggage.
Taxis are plentiful in Singapore and you can easily catch a taxi to your hotel or the airport. However, there is a surcharge for taxis hired from the airport. Lastly, there are limousine services at the airport. Look out for the counters in the arrival hall.
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