Some refer to her as the “little red dot”, but Singapore’s presence in the world today is larger than that moniker. In fact, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city that offers a world-class living environment, with her landscape populated by high-rise buildings and gardens.
One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist. Besides a vibrant multicultural experience, there’s more you can discover about Singapore.
Take your time to explore yoursingapore.com and discover just what awaits you here. With a slew of new lifestyle picks, web tools, recommendations and even a holiday planner at your fingertips, you can decide how you want your Singapore holiday. It’s really easy and fun, simply because vacations are supposed to be.
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- Entry Visa, Customs, Legal Regulations
- Getting Around
- Money Matters & Tax Refunds
- Singapore Visitors Centres
- Communication & Hotlines
Visa, Customs, Legal Regulations
Most foreigners coming into Singapore do not require visas for entry and may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon their arrival in Singapore. However, it is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regards to coming into Singapore.
If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival. You should have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity, onward or return tickets, onward facilities (such as visas or entry permits) to your next destination, and of course, sufficient funds for your stay in Singapore.
Should you lose your passport while in Singapore, please make a police report immediately and approach your embassy in Singapore to apply for a replacement travel document. You should also report to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for a visit pass which will regularise your stay in Singapore. Click here for list of embassies in Singapore
Information on Entry Visa
Visa and Entry Requirements for Foreigners
All visitors to Singapore must meet the following entry requirements:
- Valid travel document (minimum validity = 6 months);
- Onward / return ticket;
- Entry facilities to next destination;
- Sufficient funds to stay in Singapore and
- Visa for Singapore (if applicable *)
* For details on entry visa requirement, please visit the Singapore Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority Website
Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the arrival halls of each airport terminals. The journey to the city is estimated to cost between $18.00 and $38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes. Fares are metered and there is additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport.
$5 airport surcharge – 5.00 pm to 12.00 am (Fridays to Sundays)
$3 airport surcharge – all other times
Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare – 12.00 am to 6.00 am (daily)
Click here for other modes of transportation to and from the airport.
The most convenient way to get around Singapore is by taxi. You should be able to hail a taxi without any problems in most parts of Singapore. Besides taxis, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system is probably the fastest way to get around the island.
Click here for train and public bus guides and services.
The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$). 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 (even in the most obscure bits) in Singapore, that accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Tax Refund Schemes
To enjoy tax-free shopping in Singapore, simply look out for retailers that display the “Tax Refund” logo on their shop front and spend SG100 in a single receipt to qualify. For more information, click here.
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 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.
Singapore Visitors Centres
Need advice to get you started sightseeing, eating and shopping your way around Singapore? Pop by any one of the Singapore Visitors Centres to make your stay in Singapore a memorable one.
Click here for list of Singapore Visitors Centres.
Cell Phone Usage
Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65).
While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don’t have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here.
Police – 999
Ambulance – 995
Fire Brigade – 995
Flight Information – 1800 542 4422
Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd / CityCab Pte Ltd: (65) 6552 1111
Maxi Cab: (65) 6535 3534
Premier Taxis Pte Ltd: (65) 6476 8880
SMRT Taxis: (65) 6555 8888
Raffles Hospital (585 North Bridge Road) – (65) 6311 1111
Singapore General Hospital (Outram Road) – (65) 6222 3322
Gleneagles Hospital (6A Napier Road) – (65) 6473 7222
American Express – 1800 396 6000
Diners Card – (65) 6416 0800
JCB – (65) 6734 0096
MasterCard – 800 110 0113
Visa – 800 448 1250
Information posted on this page are correct at time of publishing, but may be subjected to changes.
It is recommended that you check with the relevant organisation/authorities for the latest information.