Located at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore is an island nation that enjoys year-round tropical climate. This vibrant and cosmopolitan city is home to over 4.5 million residents and boasts of historical and cultural landmarks, bustling shopping centres and many more exciting tourist attractions.
1. There is a 10% Service Charge and 7% Goods & Services Tax in Singapore hotels.
2. The local time in Singapore is GMT+8.
3. Lightweight summer clothing is recommended. A suit is suitable for business. Restaurants that are more formal may also require a jacket.
4. Changi Airport is situated 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Singapore City. As a hub for Southeast Asia, it is a key stopover for flights from Europe to Australia. Click here for information about Changi Airport.
5. Electric appliances need to be 230V/50Hz (although appliances set for 220 to 240 volts will operate). Singapore uses a Type-G plug and for wall sockets. This is a flat three-pin plug (as used in the UK).
6. Singapore’s tap water is within the World Health Organisation drinking water guidelines, and is suitable for drinking.
7. The currency unit in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD or S$).
8. Cash withdrawal machines (ATM), banks and exchange offices are available city-wide. Well-known credit cards (American Express, Mastercard, Visa) are accepted in hotels, most of the restaurants and shops.
9. Singapore has a relatively uniform temperature throughout the year. Rain falls throughout the year with more rain from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.
10. Consular information can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. No visa is required for citizens of EU countries, USA, Canada and Latin America.
11. For more information on entry visa into Singapore, please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website.
12. Please apply for your visa well in advance of your journey.