Singapore Essential Guide

Planning a trip to Singapore? Here’s a list that you should take note of before you pack your bags and take your flight to the Little Red Dot, or the home of the Merlion.

Entry Requirements

Citizens from the United Kingdom and the United States do not need a visa to enter Singapore, along with Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. However, for most that are not mentioned, at least 30 days of social visit passes upon arriving in Singapore is granted. It is always advisable to check with your local travel advisories for essential information before coming to the county.

Language

Singapore is a melting pot of diverse cultural background such as Chinese, Malaysian and Indian. However, 80% of the population can speak and understand the English language. English is Singapore’s first language.

Weather

Located at the tropical region, Singapore’s average temperature range from 22 to 35 °C with April and May being the hottest months. November to January is usually the monsoon seasons.

Currency

The country’s currency is the Singapore dollar with $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000 and $10000 denominations.

Singapore’s banking hours are from Monday to Friday (9:30 am to 3:00 pm). The major bank branches are normally open at the Orchard Road during the weekends. There also are lots of ATM machines in the city and most accepts most types of debit and credit cards – charging fees applies.

Money Changers are available on major commercial establishments. Most hotels also offer money changing services.

Culture

The western influence in Singapore makes it a more open-minded country as compared to its neighbouring countries, although some Asian traditions are still observed. There are no restrictions as to what to wear while in the city, however a public display of affection is usually frowned upon.

Budget

Singapore is generally one of the most expensive cities in the region and it is always advised to plan your trip and spend accordingly. If planning to stay at a luxury hotel, the rates range from $200 to $700 per night. There are budget hotels, though.

Tipping is not a custom in Singapore as most restaurants add service charge on top of your bill. The affordable hawkers and kopitiam do not expect tips as well.

Transportation

There’s always a taxi available on every corner of city so transportation wouldn’t really be a problem when touring the country. For cheaper and really efficient way to get across the city, the MRT and City Busses are the best options.

 

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