Renowned worldwide as a thriving, dynamic centre for commerce and industry,
Singapore's central location, excellent facilities, cleanliness, fascinating
cultural contrasts and tourist attractions draw an ever increasing number
of visitors. It is a place of many interesting sights, from historic ethnic
areas like Little India and Chinatown to tourist attractions like Sentosa,
the Zoological Gardens, Jurong Bird Park, Haw Par Villa (Chinese mythological
theme park), the Empress Place and Raffles Hotel.
Things You Need To Know
|| Money changing || Custom formalities
|| Drinking water || Entry
Exit formalities || Littering
|| Medical facilities || Post office
& telephone || Smoking ||Tipping
Weather & climate || Singapore
Places of Interest
For your convenience you can buy $15 airport tax coupons in advance at most
hotels, travel agencies and airline offices. The coupon must be attached
to your airline ticket.
Citizens of the ASEAN countries holding valid passports can visit Malaysia
and Thailand for 14 days without a visa. The Philippines only requires
a visa for a stay exceeding 21 days. Indonesia offers two months visa-free
entry for bona fide tourists, provided they have an onward ticket and
use designated ports of entry and exit.
Banks and hotels can change money and most shopping complexes have a licensed
money changer. Visitors are advised not to change money with an unlicensed
operator. Most banks open from 9.30am to 3pm on weekdays and 9.30am to
11.30am on Saturdays.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Singapore. Hotels, retailers, restaurants,
travel agents and even a taxi company readily accept international credit
Tel: 1-800-3451345 (Service Centre)
There is no limit on the amount of currency you may bring into Singapore.If
you are 18 years old or above and are arriving from a country other than
Malaysia, you may use the following duty-free concessions for personal
are no concessions on cigarettes and other tobacco products. This is in
line with the Singapore government's campaign to discourage smoking. If
you are carrying excess dutiable items, you may leave these in Customs Bond
until your departure, provided this is from the same point of entry. Storage
costs are chargeable.
: 1 litre
Dutiable items include garments and clothing accessories, leather bags,
wallets, imitation jewellery, chocolate and sugar confectionery, pastries,
biscuits and cakes. Restricted amounts of these items may be brought in
duty-free, provided they are meant for personal consumption.
In line with most other countries, Singapore prohibits the entry of some
items, while others are subject to controls and restrictions.
Prohibited items include:
drugs and psychotropic substances
lighters of pistol/revolver shape
coins and toy currency notes
of copyright publications, video tapes or disks, records or cassettes
species of wildlife and their by- products
articles and publications
and treasonable materials
If you have any of the articles listed, entry will only be allowed when
you produce the import permit or authorisation from the relevant authorities.
A traveller who has medicines which may only be obtained through prescription
under Singapore law, especially sleeping pills, depressants, stimulants,
etc, must possess a prescription from a physician confirming that the
medicines are used for the traveller's physical wellbeing while travelling.
The above lists of dutiable, non-dutiable, prohibited, controlled and
restricted goods are not exhaustive. If you need clarification or further
information, please contact:
Head, Terminal Section Airports Branch Customs & Excise Department
Singapore Changi Airport Changi Airport P.O. Box 5 Singapore 9181 Tel:
5459122 or 5427058
Officer Singapore Changi Airport Tel: 5412572 or your nearest Singapore
Singapore water is clean and safe to drink from the tap, and need not
The death penalty is mandatory for those convicted of trafficking, manufacturing,
importing or exporting more than 15g of heroin, 30g of morphine, 30g of
cocaine, 500g of cannabis, 200g of cannabis resin and 1.2kg of opium.
Possession of such quantities is deemed as prima facie evidence of trafficking.
For unauthorised consumption, there is a maximum of 10 years imprisonment
or fine of $20,000, or both.
Singapore's voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. Most hotels
can provide visitors with a transformer which can convert the voltage
to 110-120 volts, 60 cycles per second.
Visas are not generally required for social visits of under 14 days, and
visitors arriving as tourists are given a 14-day social visit pass on
arrival. If you want to stay longer, you may apply to the Immigration
Department after your arrival.
You should have an onward/return ticket and sufficient funds for your
stay. Entry visas are required for visitors from the People's Republic
of China, the Russian Federation, India, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Afghanistan,
Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. Visa-
free entry is available to citizens of Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei,
Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
entry is permitted to citizens of other countries for stays ranging from
14-90 days. As regulations may change from time to time, check with your
nearest Singapore Embassy or Singapore Tourist Promotion Board office
There is no export duty. Export permits are required for firearms, ammunition,
explosives, animals, gold in form, platinum, precious stones and jewellery
(except reasonable personal effects), poisons and drugs. Any goods in
excess of reasonable personal effects should be declared at exit points
and an Outward Declaration form prepared, if need be. For inquiries, call
the Airport Customs Department at 5427058.
Singapore's clean and green image is the result of more than two decades
of public education campaigns and strict laws against littering. Littering
of any kind is subject up to S$1,000 fine for first offenders, and up
to S$2,000 fine and a stint of corrective work order cleaning a public
place for repeat offenders. As an extension of the law against littering,
the import, sale and possession of chewing gum is prohibited. The high
costs and difficulty in removing indiscriminately discarded chewing gum
were the reasons for the prohibition.
Singapore's medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with
well qualified doctors and dentists, many trained overseas. Pharmaceuticals
are available from numerous outlets including supermarkets, department
stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists work from
9am till 6pm, with some shops open until 10pm. Most hotels have their
own doctor on 24-hour call. Contact the Front Office or Room Service for
assistance. For an ambulance, dial 995.
Most hotels provide postal services at the front desk. The Changi Airport
Post Office is open from 8am to 8pm daily from Monday to Saturday. Basic
postal services are available round the clock at the General Post Office
and the Comcentre branch.
Direct Dialling is available at the General Post Office and Comcentre.
IDD calls can also be made from the numerous phonecard and credit card
phones located at post offices and round the city area. Phonecards come
in five denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20 and $50 and are sold at Singapore
Telecom service outlets, post offices, convenience stores and some retail
shops. A 20% levy is normally imposed on IDD calls made from hotels.
Smoking in public buses, taxis, lifts, theatres, cinemas, government offices
and air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centres is against the law.
First offenders may be fined up to a maximum of S$1,000. While it is an
offence to smoke in air-conditioned eating places, smoking is not prohibited
in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.
Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore. It is prohibited at the airport
and discouraged in hotels and restaurants where there is a 10% service
Weather and Climate
Located just 2° north of the equator, Singapore enjoys a warm tropical
weather that is relatively calm and consistent throughout the year. The
average daily temperature is 26.7'C with a mean temperature of 30.8°C
occurring in the afternoons and a minimum of 23.8°C just before dawn.
Relative humidity often exceeds 90 percent at night and in the early hours
of the morning shortly before sunrise. On dry afternoons it is usually
between 60 and 70 percent.
Rainfall is most abundant during the Northeast Monsoon season from November
to January. Much of the rain falls in sudden showers. February is usually
the sunniest month while December is often the wettest. However, July
and August are the hottest months when average temperatures are at their
Singapore's tropical weather makes light summer clothing (preferably of
natural fabrics) most practical, especially for outdoor activities like
sightseeing. Most restaurants and nightspots are not restrictive on the
dress code - polo shirts, t-shirts, jeans, slacks, blouses and skirts,
sun dresses and sneakers are acceptable at most places. Although some
establishments require formal wear for the evening, suits and evening
dresses will never be out of place in Singapore's trendy night-spots.
It is always advisable to ring up beforehand to check on dress regulations,
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