Visiting Singapore

GENERAL INFORMATION

Some useful tips if this is your first visit to Singapore.

AIRPORT TAX

Check with your travel agent if the passenger service charge of SGD 21 has been incorporated in the cost of your air ticket. If it hasn’t, you may be required to pay the amount during check-in at your departure. In some cases, the airline may absorb the charge.

DRINKING WATER

It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. Bottled mineral water is also widely available at local supermarkets, convenience stores and selected pharmacies.

ELECTRICITY

In Singapore, voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage, such as 110-120 volts, 60 cycles per second. When shopping for electrical appliances, do remember to check the voltage of the item against the acceptable voltage in your home country. The power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped variety (Type G).

VISA AND ENTRY FACILITIES

Generally, foreigners who do not require visas for entry and are visiting Singapore as tourists may be given up to 30-day social visit passes upon their arrival in Singapore.

TRANSPORTATION

Travelling around Singapore is a cinch with the efficient public transportation network of taxis, buses and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system, ensuring that getting from point A to point B is not only hassle-free but extremely affordable. Travel from Changi Airport to the city, and vice versa, takes approximately 30 minutes. For more information on transportation options at the airport, please visit the official airport website.

MOBILE PHONES

There are two mobile phone networks – GSM900 and GSM1800 – and three mobile telephone service providers’s SingTel, M1 and StarHub. To make international calls, the access codes are 001, 013, or 019 for Sing-Tel, 002 or 021 for M1, and 008 or 018 for StarHub. More information can be found at a useful site here.

WHAT TO WEAR

Singapore has a generally warm and humid climate throughout the year with a daily average temperature range of 24 to 31 degrees Celsius (75 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit). Light and summer clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable to check beforehand on dress regulations, if any.

The months of October and November are near the mon-soon season and there could be occasional heavy rain. Remember to bring an umbrella or raincoat, and to wear covered shoes to prevent your feet from getting wet from the frequent heavy rains. Most establishments are air-conditioned to a very low temperature, so it is also advisable to bring a sweater or light jacket.

For more detailed information on Singapore, download the Singapore Tourism Board’s comprehensive guide for travellers here.