Find out which power adapter 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 on your country's visa requirements for entry into Singapore. Find the mission closest to you, or learn more about getting a visa.
The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and taxis in Singapore.
No Smoking Areas
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.
Safe Drinking Water
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.
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 8.50SGD/6USD. Prices can vary according to screening times.
A 2km taxi ride during non-peak hours can cost 7SGD/5USD