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.
There is a 10% Service Charge and 7% Goods & Service Tax in Singapore hotels.
The local time in Singapore is GMT +8.
Lightweight summer clothing is recommended. A suit is suitable for business. Restaurants that are more formal may also require a jacket.
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.
Electric appliances need to be 230V/50Hz (although appliances set for 220 to 240 volts will operate). Singapore uses a Type-G plug for wall sockets. This is a flat three-pin plug (as used in the UK).
The currency unit in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD or S$). 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.
Singapore has a relatively uniform temperature throughout the year. The average temperature is 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 89.6°F) with a 66% average daily relative humidity. Rain falls throughout the year with more rain from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.
Visa & Customs
Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. For more information on visa requirements and the Visa Free Transit Facility, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport. For a smooth arrival experience, do view this video to learn about the immigration process. Upon departure, you may use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS), which offers you express self-clearance immigration. Do view this video to learn about this process. For your convenience, download the Singapore Customs mobile app, Customs@SG, which allows you to declare and pay the duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) for your overseas purchases on the go, before arriving at the checkpoint in Singapore. Find out more on declarations and payment at Singapore Customs.