Fast Facts

About Singapore

Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. She is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population.

Singapore is ranked highly in education, healthcare, life expectancy, quality of life, personal safety and housing. Her standings include: the most “technology-ready” nation, city with “best investment potential”, third-most competitive country, third-largest financial centre, and the second-busiest container port.

Singapore is also referred to as Garden City for its tree-lined streets and greening efforts since her independence in 1965, and the Little Red Dot for how the island-nation is depicted on many maps of the world and Asia, as a red dot.

General Information

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Location

30 mins drive from Singapore City to Changi Airport

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Climate

Daytime: 32°C (average)
Night time: 25°C (average)

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Religion

Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism

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Time

UTC+08:00

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Language

English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil

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Business Day

Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 6pm
Major shopping malls and food outlets open from (an average of) 10am to 9.30pm.

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Banking Hours

Most major retail banks in Singapore operate from 9.30am to 3pm from Mondays to Fridays

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Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz
Socket:
Type G, Square three-pin

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Currency

Singapore Dollars (SGD)
1SGD = 0.76USD

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Tax and Tipping

Tipping in Singapore isn’t customary as there is often a 10% service charge added to the bill.

Gratitude to staff at hotels and restaurants are at your discretion.

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Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire during business meetings is not appreciated.

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Health

If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are kindly advised to bring sufficient medication for the total length of your stay. Also, do ensure that you bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of relevant prescribed medicines since certain substances are prohibited. Lastly, do ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare, in case of an emergency. Hospitals in Singapore can handle most medical emergencies.

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Getting around

There are many ways to navigate your way around Singapore. The city boasts an excellent road and train networks and a range of car hire firms, so if you have an international driving license it is possible to drive yourself around Singapore.

By Bus/Train

While a bus or train ride may not always take you somewhere via the most direct route, it is a cheap and safe way to get around.

By Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in Singapore. You can flag down a taxi any time, but in the city centre, taxis are only allowed to stop at designated taxi stands. Finding a taxi in the city a certain times can be difficult, particularly during peak hours. However, taking a taxi in Singapore is relatively safe, and all taxi drivers speak English and/or their ethnic mother tongue language.

By Uber/ Grab

Booking an Uber/Grab is safe and a great transport alternative in Singapore. If you do not have an Uber/Grab App, download it for free via the App Store on iOs & Android.

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Visa Requirements

Please click here for more information

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Credit & Debit Cards

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices, banks and hotels but a passport will be required.

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Security and Emergency Numbers

Police: 999
Emergency Ambulance and Fire: 995
Non-emergency Ambulance: 1777

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Custom Clearance

Passengers are only permitted to bring certain items, such as liquids, gels, pastes, lotions, creams and drinks sealed in containers with a capacity of 100ml or less past the security checkpoint. Items deemed to pose significant health or safety risks to others such as aerosols, potential weapons and flammable materials are not permitted past the security checkpoint as well.

Tourists are therefore advised to check the custom regulations of your destination country before departure.

Recreation & Leisure

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way. It is both entertaining and educational as visitors are able learn about the various unique and interesting plants, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay is a unique, conserved historical landmark located along the Singapore River; and plays host to a wide range of dining and entertainment. It is located at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District; and comprises of five blocks of restored shop houses and warehouses infused with funky art-deco structures.

ION Orchard

ION Orchard is Singapore’s largest shopping mall with many luxury brand names, art exhibitions and celebrity chef fine dining establishments.

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