Travel Information

Visas

Visitors to Singapore should have valid passports and visas to enter Singapore. Please check with your nearest Singapore Embassy or Singapore Tourism Board office before departure to determine all visa requirements.

Or visit the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore for details on Visa requirements and application details.

 

 

Currency

The Singapore dollar (SGD$) is the official currency of Singapore.

CoinsNotes
1c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, and S$1 S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$500, and S$1,000
 

Money changing services are available at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, Changi International Airport and at most banks, hotels, and shopping complexes.

 

 

International Calling

Singapore's country code is 65. There is no city code for Singapore.

IDD calls can be made from the numerous card and credit card phones, which are located in post offices and around the city area. Phone cards come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$20, and S$50.

 

 

What to wear

Loose and light summer clothing is highly recommended. "Smart casual" is usually acceptable everywhere except for formal business dining or when specified in an invitation. Smart casual usually means shirts (long or short-sleeves but not T-shirts) or blouses, and trousers or skirts.

 

 

Languages

As English is widely understood, it seldom acts as a barrier when conducting business in Singapore. Singapore has four national languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. English remains the language of choice for business and daily communication.

 

 

Tipping

Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore. It is prohibited at the airport and discouraged at hotels and restaurants where a 10% service charge is included in the bill. A tip should only be exercised when the bill does not include a service charge.

 

 

General


Do's and Don'ts
  • Smoking in public buses, taxis, lifts, theatres, cinemas, government offices and air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centres is against the law. First offenders may be fined up to a maximum of S$1,000. While it is an offence to smoke in air-conditioned eating places, smoking is not prohibited in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.
  • Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty for drug-trafficking and harsh penalties for possession and use within the country.
  • Littering of any kind is subject to up to a S$1,000 fine for first offenders, and, for repeat offenders, up to S$2,000 coupled with a stint of corrective work order cleaning a public place. As an extension of the law against littering, the import, sale and possession of chewing gum is prohibited. Spitting is also punishable by law in Singapore.
  • Singapore has earned the distinction of being one of the most crime-free countries in the world. The streets are usually quite safe at all times, even at nights. However, there are occasional pickpockets and purse snatchers who prey on unsuspecting victims. There are no specific areas, which are crime prone but it is better to avoid dark and secluded streets, especially if you are alone.