Need-to-know Facts About Singapore

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While many refer Singapore as the “little red dot,” her presence today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world class environment – brimming with diversity, with a fascinating mix of culture, language, arts and architecture. Discovered as a humble fishing village back in the early 18th century, Singapore has come a long way to achieve what she has today – a country that constantly strives for excellence in all aspects to improve the lives of her people; a city that continually innovates to offer fresh experiences and perspectives for her visitors. It is a “little red dot” that inspires.  

Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 28ºC (82ºF) in the evenings. Wear light and comfortable cotton clothing to beat the heat.

At present, Singapore’s population stands at slightly over five million people, with English as the main language of instruction and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. One of the distinctly Singaporean things you will notice is a collage of cultures. Coming together as a society and living in harmony, there are four major races – namely the Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Therefore, you will expect to see a myriad of religions being respected and practiced in Singapore such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Taoism.

The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD). Money changing services can be found not only at the Singapore Changi Airport but also most shopping centres and hotels around the island. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) located everywhere in Singapore. Most credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted.

Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you do not have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here.

Tourism sim card is easily available and it can be purchased from the airport or convenience shops. Do note that your passport is required during the purchase of sim card for verification and record purposes.

Singapore is known for our efficient public transport system. Marina Bay Sands Hotel sits on top of the Bayfront Downtown Line Station and metered taxis are readily available. We recommend the use of Google map to navigate your way around in Singapore.

Please ensure your passport has a minimum validity of 6 months at the time of departure.
To locate your nearest Singapore Overseas Mission and for more information on your visa application, please visit our immigration website here.

Singapore voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second and uses the UK 3-pin plug
UK 3-pin plug

Tipping is unusual and discouraged in Singapore. Restaurants typically charges a 10% service fee off the total bill.

There is no health and safety concern for your travel to Singapore. However, medical insurance is recommended. 
Singapore is a relatively safe country, but the usual personal safety precautions apply.

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