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Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go
Know Before You Go

Here are some general tips and answers to frequently asked questions you should know to be prepared before and during a trip to Singapore.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Visa Requirements & Passport

The passport should be valid for at least six months from date of entry. American and Canadian passport holders who visit Singapore for business or for a social visit do not require a visa for up to 30 days.

GREEN CARD HOLDERS:
US residents holding a green card, please click here and see 'Visitor Services.'

Singapore Representation in the US & Canada 

The Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
3501 International Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 537-3100 Fax: (202) 537-0876
Email: singemb.dc@verizon.net
http://www.mfa.gov.sg/washington/

Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore
595 Market Street, Ste. 2450
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 543-4775 Fax: (415) 543-4788
Email: sincgsf@aol.com
http://www.mfa.gov.sg/sanfrancisco/

The Consulate of the Republic of Singapore
231 E. 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
Telephone: (212) 223-3331 Fax: (212) 826-5028
Email: singaporeconsulate@nyc.rr.com
http://www.mfa.gov.sg/newyork-consul/

Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Singapore
Mr. TERRANCE K. Salman
1095 West Pender StreetVancouver, BC V6E 2M6 Canada
Telephone:  (604) 622-5281 Fax: (604) 685-2471
E-mail: van@sgmfa.gov.sg

Flight Times

New York: 18–24 hours
Los Angeles: 16–21 hours
Chicago: 18–22 hours
San Francisco: 17–23 hours

Time Difference to Singapore*

13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time
14 hours ahead of Central Standard Time
15 hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time
16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time
*Singapore does not observe daylight-saving time

Vaccinations

Generally, vaccinations are not essential for American and Canadian travelers when traveling to Singapore unless you are coming from an area where Yellow Fever is prevalent, (Africa and South America).  Singapore law requires yellow fever immunization certificate for anybody coming into the country who is above one year old and who, within the previous 6 days have been in or passed through any country endemic for yellow fever.  Countries endemic for yellow fever are as follows: please click here.
Also if you are traveling into other neighboring countries do check with them for vaccination requirements.

Electricity / Voltage

Standard voltage is 220–240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second.Some hotels are equipped with 110–120-volt outlets.The power plugs used in Singapore are three-pin, square-shaped type.

Weather

Singapore is situated just north of the equator and has a tropical rainforest climate, with practically no discernible seasons. Temperatures range from 75 F to 88 F (24 C to 33 C) throughout the year.November, December and January can be slightly wetter than the rest of the year, due to monsoon season.

Money, Currency & Exchange Rate

Over the past years the exchange rate has fluctuated in a narrow band where 1 USD / CAD is equal to between 1.3 and 1.4 SGD. (There is no limit to the amount of money that you can bring into Singapore.)

WHILE IN SINGAPORE

Language & Diversity

With English as the first language, there are no language barriers – despite Singapore's very cosmopolitan makeup and diversity.  (Malay, Mandarin and Tamil are also recognized as official languages.) To be sure:  Unlike some other Asian cities who claim that English is the main language, in Singapore English is indeed the language spoken in everyday life and in business. Even  a cab driver has to prove command of the English language before getting a license.

Tipping

Tipping is not practiced as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already add a 10% service charge to customers’ bills. Tipping is prohibited at the airport.

Drinking Water

Singapore’s tap water is safe for consumption. Of course, for those who prefer bottled water, local supermarkets and grocers carry ample supplies.

Your Embassy and Consulate Info in Singapore

Your Embassy and Consulate Info in Singapore
U.S. Embassy in Singapore
27 Napier RoadSingapore 258508
Telephone: (65) 6476-9100, Fax: (65) 6476-9340
http://singapore.usembassy.gov/


Canadian High Commission in Singapore

One George Street, #11-01
Singapore 049145
Telephone: (65) 6854-5900, Fax: (65) 6854-5930
Email: spore@international.gc.ca
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/singapore-singapour/

What to Wear

Since Singapore has a warm and humid climate throughout the year, light, summer clothing made from cotton is usually recommended for daily wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions, but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable to check beforehand on dress regulations, if any.

(No) Smoking

In the interest of public health, smoking has been banned in most air conditioned buildings and restaurants.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Police: 999
Emergencies / Ambulance / Fire: 995
Singapore Tourist Board Tourist Line: 1-800-736-2000 (toll-free in Singapore only)
City Search: 1-900-777-7777
International Calls: 104
Toll-free lines: 1-800- followed by the toll-free number (in Singapore only)
Weather: (65) 6542 7788