Location

SINGAPORE

 

Futuristic, self-assured, sleek and spanking new, that is Singapore for you. What makes this tiny state so unique? A lot of things – culture, cuisine, arts, architecture – Singapore is the perfect blend of all this. Most people are surprised to hear that this bustling cosmopolitan city was once a humble fishing village. 

Offering the warmth and friendliness of Asia, for centuries, Singapore has been the remarkable link between the East and the West. A stay here will be a journey through time, from ethnicity to contemporary business centres, from calm gardens to tapering skyscrapers. With its friendly and welcoming people, state-of-the-art infrastructure and a new day every day, your holiday in Singapore will be a memorable mix-and-match of all the things you have always wanted to do. 

For a real taste of Singapore, its history and multi-ethnic culture, take your eyes away from the sky and to the food and shopping districts. The country’s love for perfection and entertainment cannot be praised enough, with its one-of-a-kind wildlife attractions, shopping extravaganzas stretching all year round and a bustling nightlife. 

You may have heard stories about the Singaporean’s 24-hour passion for food. This is your chance to come and experience the country’s cultural tapestry. Your trip to Singapore is not complete until you’ve tried the various cuisines and signature dishes on offer. 

Those who visit Singapore cannot return home without exploring its very own playground – Sentosa Island. With its pristine beaches, world-class attractions, sea sports and retreats, there are endless opportunities for your every interest. Singapore is waiting for you, are you ready?

 

Language

English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Malay, Tamil

 

Shopping

With sales of all kinds at all times of the year, you might want to carry an extra suitcase with you. Topping the list is the Great Singapore Sale, which is regarded as an important landmark in the Singapore diary. With a long stretch of shopping districts, world-class malls and outlet stores, you’re sure to be in for a treat!

 

Attractions and Theme Parks

Discover the ancient and modern faces of Singapore on the River cruise, go on a night safari, interact with animals at the Singapore Zoo, or meet your feathery friends at the Jurong Bird Park. Adrenaline junkies can experience the thrill of F1-style track racing on the Singapore Formula One circuit. Beaches are another great option to simply laze around or enjoy exciting water sports.

Spend an eventful day with your family in one of Singapore’s many theme parks. Sentosa Island effortlessly proves to be the preferred choice by tourists and locals alike as a destination with a buzzing lifestyle and wonderful artificial and natural marvels.

 

Official Currency

Singapore Dollars – exchangeable at banks/money changers located at Changi Airport and around the country. Singapore Dollar (SGD; symbol S$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of S$10,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of S$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

 

Climate

Singapore has a tropical climate so the island is warm and humid throughout the year. The average temperature is approximately 30ºC/86ºF during the day and 23ºC/74ºF in the evening).

Rain falls throughout the year but it is more consistent in December, during the monsoon season (November to January). The showers are usually sudden and heavy. We recommend that you carry an umbrella at all times in case of sudden downpours. For up to the minute Singapore weather information. please visit the National Environment Agency’s weather forecast website at www.nea.gov.sg/weather-climate/forecasts.

 

Electricity

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).

 

Traveller Essentials

For more information about Singapore, please visit www.yoursingapore.com/

 

Airport Information

Changi Airport is situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Singapore City. As a hub for Southeast Asia, it handles many international connections, and is a key stopover for flights from Europe to Australasia.
 
Detailed information about the Changi Airport can be found at:Changi Airport
http://www.singapore-sin.com
http://www.singapore-sin.com/transportation.html

 

Visas

Consular information for foreigners traveling to Singapore can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: https://www.ica.gov.sg/services_centre_overview.aspx?pageid=252&secid=165
 
No visa required for citizens of EU countries, USA, Canada and Latin America. No visa required for citizens of most European countries, some exceptions are: Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. To view a list of countries whose nationals require entry visas into Singapore, please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website.
 

Taxis

There are many taxis readily available. Taxis entering designated restricted zones will pass through Electronic Road Pricing gantry posts. Passengers are required to bear the Electronic Road Pricing amount indicated on the In-Vehicle Unit attached to the dashboard. There is an addition of 50% for rides from midnight to 6 am. Surcharges apply during peak hours, and for advance bookings.

 

Buses

The service is efficient and the prices are low. For most routes, buses run between 6 am to 12 midnight.

https://www.sbstransit.com.sg/journeyplan/step1.aspx

 

Rail

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the fastest way to get around Singapore and is relatively cheap.

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/public-transport/mrt-and-lrt-trains/train-system-map.html

 

Car Rental/ Driving

One can hire a car and drive around the city, with a valid international driver's permit.
http://www.singapore-sin.com/car_rental.html

 

Driving from the airport

The Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and the East Coast Parkway (ECP) connect the airport to the city. More information on driving from the airport can be found at: http://www.singapore-sin.com/maps.html

 

Driving in Singapore

For detailed information about driving in Singapore, please refer to the following route planners:

http://www.entersingapore.info/guides-for-expats/car-and-driving/

 

Driving outside Singapore

If you plan to go to Malaysia via the Causeway, it is only permitted if the petrol tank is three-quarters full. Coupons for parking spaces have to be bought beforehand from post offices or petrol stations.