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Before you arrive

Don’t get tripped up by the unexpected. Here are some key things you need to be aware of before you make your way to our fun-filled shores.

Visa & customs

Most visitors coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes. If you are unsure if a visa is required, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or with your local consular office.

The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.

Details you'll need

Enjoy a comfortable stay in Singapore by finding out more about these essential traveller details.

  • Currency
  • Weather
  • Language
  • Electricity & Voltage
  • Tipping
  • Non-smoking public spaces
  • Safe Drinking Water

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Getting to Singapore

While you are here

Getting around

It’s fairly easy to explore Singapore on its extensive public transport system. The fastest way to get around the island is on the MRT (mass rapid transit) train system, while the comprehensive bus network is both convenient and economical. Meanwhile, taking a taxi is a comfortable way to get to more out of the way destinations.

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Visitor Centres

Drop by any one of these conveniently located centres to get more information about Singapore, purchase tickets to attractions and tours, or pick up a souvenir for loved ones back home.

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Connectivity

Visitors can register for a free public Wi-Fi account with their foreign mobile numbers at any Wireless@SG hotspot. Overseas charges may apply. Alternatively, one can buy a local prepaid SIM card from telcos M1, Singtel and StarHub to access Wireless@SG.

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Useful tools

Whether you need to find a museum, track down a particular restaurant, or find the nearest MRT station, there are many useful apps that you can download on your smartphone to help you when you’re exploring the city.

Download kit

Tax refund

Tourists can claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases if you spend more than $100 at participating shops. To know whether a shop is participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme, look for a “Tax Free” shopping logo or sign displayed at the shop. You can also check with the retailer about whether your purchases are eligible for the GST refund.

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