Essential Singapore Tourist Information


Singapore tourist information is essential to every visitor to Singapore. It is always good to get some essential information of a particular country that you are going to in order to ensure a smooth and stress free trip.

This session highlights to you the essential tourist information that you need to know before you fly to Singapore. Example include Singapore tourist information like Singapore law that you must watch out when you are in Singapore, important phone numbers that you need to know and goods and services tax refund that will save you money.      

Airport Tax

Passengers need to pay $24 service charge upon check-in. Transit passenger who stay less than 24 hours don't have to pay for Service charge when leaving Singapore.

Banks

The opening hours for most banks are from 9.30 a.m. - 3 p.m. during weekdays and 9.30a.m. - 11.00a.m. during weekends. All the banks do handle travellers' cheques and exchange foreign currencies.

Passports and Visas

Visitors' passports must valid for six months from the time of arrival.
Visitors who are citizens of commonwealth countries or holding a British passport or citizens of the Republic of Ireland are not required to have a visa for stays of up to 14 days.
Extensions are obtainable from the Singapore Immigration Building at
10 Kallang Road, ICA Building, Singapore 208718
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Tel: 6391 6100 (24-hr hotline)

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Loss of passport

What should you do if you lose your passport? Go straight to any Singapore police station to make a police report and get a temporary visa from the Singapore immigration Department before you inform your Embassy. This is to ensure that you can pass through the custom before you get home.

10 Kallang Road, ICA Building, Singapore 208718
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Tel: 6391 6100 (24-hr hotline)

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Climate

Singapore enjoys warm tropical weather that is relatively calm and consistent throughout the year. Year round, the temperature range is steady, from a night time low of 24°C to 33°C. Average daily temperature is around 27°C. December to January can be slightly cooler and May to August slightly hotter. Rainfall is fairly constant and most abundant from November to January.

Currency

Other than the Singapore dollar, the US and Australian Dollars, Yen and British Pound are accepted in major shopping centres and departmental stores.

Disabled Travellers

Though most of the hotels, shops and sights have facilities for those with disabilities, getting around can sometimes be difficult. If you are disabled or traveling with someone who is physically handicapped you might one to get travel advice from the Disabled People's Association (Tel: 6899 1220)

Drinking Water

Singapore water is clean and safe to drink straight from the tap without being boiled. If you prefer mineral water, you can buy it from most of the restaurants, hawkers, supermarkets and grocers.

Electricity

The voltage in Singapore is 220-240 AC, 50 Hertz. Power plugs are usually of the three-pin, square-shaped type. If you buy electronic items from Singapore, make sure that you check the voltage against that of your home country.

I think this is one of the important Singapore Tourist Information that you should know. If not you will not be able to charge your mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Money changers

Beside changing foreign currency at Banks and hotels, there are money changers at airports and most of the shopping centres in the city area. Just make sure that they have the "Licensed Money Changer" displayed. Refrain from patronizing unlicensed ones.

Postal Service

Most hotel provide fax services but for additional services such as telegrams and registered parcel delivery you will need to visit Singapore post offices. Singapore post has opened 1300 postal outlets island-wide for your convenience and most of the branches are open Monday through Friday, from 8.30a.m. to 5.00pm and until 1.00p.m on Saturday. Visit Singapore Post for more information.

Medical facilities

The Singapore medical staff is one of the best in the world and the facilities are well equipped. Most hotels have a doctor on call service around the clock; if not you will be able to find a clinic in every part of Singapore. Pharmacists are available from 9am to 6 pm and can be found in major shopping centres. If you need an ambulance just dial 995.


Tipping

Tipping is appreciated but is not a common practice in Singapore and most of the restaurant already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills. Note that tipping in airport is prohibited.

Time

Singapore is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (seven hours during British Summer Time), two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and 12 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time.

Telecommunication

Calls within Singapore are cheap it cost about 10 cents for three-minutes blocks. Both card and coin operated public telephone can be found in most of the restaurants, shopping centres, MRT train stations and sights. Stored value card phonecards can purchase at the airport, post office and convenience stores. If you need to make overseas calls, dial 001 , 002, 008 or 019 followed by the country code, area code and telephone number. To call Singapore from outside use country code 65.

Essential phone numbers

When you are overseas, it is very important that you print out a copy of all the emergency phone numbers of the country that you are visiting. We have helped you to consolidate a list of phone numbers in Singapore. Click here for more details ...

Singapore law that tourists must know

This is a an important section for tourists to read so that you will know what you should never do in Singapore so that you will not get yourself into trouble. We tell you everything that you should know about Singapore law as a tourist. Click here for more details ...

Singapore Goods and Services Tax (GST)

This section will talk about Singapore GST and where to get refunds; this will help you to save a large sum of shopping money. Click here for more details ...

Singapore Goods and Services Tax (GST)

This section will talk about Singapore GST and where to get refunds; this will help you to save a large sum of shopping money. Click here for more details ...

Singapore Visitors centres

If you need help or want to make any tourist enquiries when you are in Singapore, you might want to visit one of Singapore's visitor centres. Click here to read the details ...


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