Quick Facts

Important facts about the region

Singapore is a dynamic city-state that possesses a harmonious blend of cuisine, arts and architecture.

A cultural bridge between the East and the West, Singapore brims with unbridled energy.  It is one of the most developed cities in Asia. Most visitors will find it easy to settle in quickly.

Visas

For stays of less than 90 days, a visa is not required for most travellers from Commonwealth countries, the European Union, and North America

Some travellers holding travel documents issued by certain countries may require a visa to enter Singapore. You may use the link below to learn more.

Visa Requirements from the Singapore Immigration Web site


Currency

The Singapore dollar is the country’s unit of money. It is divided into 100 cents and available in 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 1,000 and 10,000 denomination banknotes.

It is also normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively S$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and international hotels.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

SGD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.89 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.62 Euro (EUR)
0.49 British Pound (GBP)
6.05 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
47.84 Indian Rupee (INR)
86.54 Japanese Yen (JPY)
1 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.78 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and 10% service charge, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Generally, there is a 10% service charge added to the bill. If this charge is not included, then it is appropriate to tip the waiter 10% or whatever you feel is appropriate.

However, tipping taxi drivers is not customary and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday
9.30am - 11.30am, Saturday

Office Hours
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 1pm, Saturday

Shopping Hours
10am - 9pm, Monday through Saturday
Many shops are open on Sundays.


Public Health

The standard of medical care in Singapore is generally high. Hygiene in public places is good.

Tap water in the hotel is potable and can be boiled using the in-room electric kettles. A complimentary bottled of water is provided by the hotel.


Dress

Given Singapore’s tropical climate, lightweight summer clothing is generally sufficient. A suit is appropriate when conducting business.

Some restaurants may require a jacket. Otherwise smart, casual clothing will suffice.


Weather

Located just north of the equator, Singapore enjoys warm to hot temperatures all year.

Today

Showers

Mostly cloudy

High: 33°C / 91°F
Low: 26°C / 78°F

Tomorrow

Partly Sunny with Showers

Partly sunny with a shower

High: 33°C / 91°F
Low: 26°C / 78°F
Monday:
Partly Sunny with Showers High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 26°C / 78°F
Tuesday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 26°C / 78°F
Wednesday:
Intermittent Clouds High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 26°C / 78°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 30ºC 24ºC
Feb 31ºC 24ºC
Mar 32ºC 25ºC
Apr 32ºC 25ºC
May 32ºC 26ºC
Jun 32ºC 26ºC
Jul 31ºC 25ºC
Aug 31ºC 25ºC
Sep 31ºC 25ºC
Oct 31ºC 25ºC
Nov 31ºC 24ºC
Dec 30ºC 24ºC
Facts

Population
5.1 million

Language
English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 / 240 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800