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Singapore, a state within a city nestles in the south of the island. A cosmopolitan city, Singapore offers the old with the new, the past with the future. Old Chinese calligraphers, soothsayers, wooden clog makers’ mix with new shopping centres in this mecca where you can explore and practice your haggling skills over a wide variety of products on offer.

Museums, theme parks, cultural attractions and golf are a few of the things to fill your day with entertainment.

 

Singapore holiday
Singapore holiday
 

WEATHER    Back to top

Singapore's climate is mostly hot and humid with average temperatures ranging between 79°F (26°C) and 86° F (30°C) during the day with cooler temperatures at night. The wettest months are between November and January (monsoon period); however rainfall occurs throughout the year. Rainstorms are usually short but heavy, so remember to take an umbrella.

Singapore

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

238

165

174

166

171

163

150

171

163

191

250

269

Rainfall (inches)

9.4

6.5

6.8

6.6

6.7

6.4

5.9

6.7

6.4

7.5

9.8

10.6

Min Temp (°C)

23

23

23

24

24

24

24

24

23

23

23

23

Max Temp (°C)

30

31

31

31

31

31

31

31

31

31

30

29

Min Temp (°F)

72.9

73.6

73.9

74.8

75

75

74

74

74

74

74

73

Max Temp (°F)

85

87

88

89

88

88

87

87

87

88

87

85



                                                           

GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: GMT +8.

Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin, square-shaped plugs are in use.

Money: Singapore's currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD), which is divided into 100 cents. The US and Australian Dollars, Yen and British Pound are also accepted in the larger shopping centres. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. ATMs are widely distributed and banks advance cash against the major credit cards. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed at banks or licensed moneychangers and at selected hotels. Banks are open daily, but some do not do foreign exchange on Saturdays.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

SGD 1.00 =

USD 0.63

GBP 0.34

CAD 0.71

AUD 0.85

ZAR 4.51

EUR 0.50

NZD 1.03

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

                                                           

Language: Singapore’s official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. A patois called Singlish, or Singaporean English is widely spoken. It is the by-product of mixing English, Chinese and Malay syntax and idiom.

Passport/Visa Note: Travellers should hold confirmed documents and tickets for onward or return travel and enough funds to cover their stay. Male travellers with long hair are advised to tie their hair back on arrival. Women who are six months pregnant or more may be refused entry. All nationals, regardless of visa requirements, may be issued with a social visitor's pass on arrival allowing for a stay of 14 or 30 days provided their visit is for tourist or business purposes. Passports must be valid for at least six months from date of arrival.

Health: Travellers from countries where there is an incidence of yellow fever need to have immunization records on arrival in Singapore. There are excellent medical facilities in Singapore. There is a high risk of dengue fever. Visitors should avoid poorly cooked food, particularly seafood, and untreated drinking water. Health care is excellent but also very expensive and medical insurance is advised.

Singapore holiday
Singapore holiday


Tipping: Tipping is not encouraged as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills. Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore, but is appreciated for excellent service.

Safety: Singapore is a very safe travel destination with crime limited to the odd theft. The Singapore Government has stepped up security measures following the terrorist attacks in Bali and is committed to maintaining Singapore's reputation as a safe destination.

Customs: Singapore is a fairly diverse society and has been moulded by its immigrant population, primarily Malay, Chinese and Indian, along with the large ex-pat community. The city is incredibly efficient and the citizens very law-abiding - there are fines issued for just about any offence in Singapore, including S$500 for smoking in public places, S$50 for jaywalking, S$1,000 for littering and S$500 for eating, drinking or chewing gum on the MRT. There are even fines for not flushing public toilets so it goes without saying that getting involved in illegal drugs is not advisable; trafficking carries a maximum penalty of death. Chinese Singaporeans have three names, the first of which is their surname, or family name. As a result visitors should be prepared for hotels mistakenly reserving rooms under their first names. For clarity surnames may be underlined.

Communications: The international access code for Singapore is +65. The outgoing code is 001 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 44 for the United Kingdom). Public phones are good for local and international calls; they take credit cards or phone cards, which can be bought at newspaper kiosks and Telecom shops. Calls made from hotels are free of any surcharges. Several local mobile phone operators use GSM 900/1800 networks. Email and Internet access is available at Internet cafes throughout the city.

Duty Free: Travellers to Singapore over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 1 litre of wine, spirits and beer. Chewing gum and tobacco products must be declared on arrival. Strictly prohibited is the trafficking in illegal drugs, which carries the death sentence. Prohibited items include meat and meat products, and firearms and explosives without a permit.

                                                           
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