Welcome to a world of immense possibilities, where people, technology and ideas converge. This dynamic city rich in contrast and colour excites with its harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. Its geographical vantage point is seamlessly connected to almost every part of the world. It features an amalgamation of cultures, robust commerce, leisure and lifestyles. Brimming with unbridled energy, Singapore embodies the finest of both East and West with its strategic location, excellent facilities and fascinating cultures.
It is generally warm and humid in Singapore throughout the year. Its equatorial climate has no distinct seasons and the temperature is usually around 31°C/88°F during the day and 24°C/75°F in the evening. Humidity is around 60% in the afternoon but higher in the morning. Weather reports and forecasts can be found through National Environment Agency, but keep in mind that showers are usually sudden and heavy. Lightweight cotton or quick-dry clothing is recommended. A coat or sweater can be useful as some air-conditioned venues (and public transportation!) can be a little cold.
The official time in Singapore is UTC/GMT +8 and there is no daylight time saving. Sunrise and sunset in June are at around 07:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs, respectively.
The standard voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz. Power sockets are of type G (i.e three square prongs). On request, most hotels will provide transformers / adapters to guests.
Safe Drinking Water
You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. Bottled and mineral water is readily available in supermarkets or convenience stores located readily around the island.
There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood.
The official currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar. The common denomination of dollar notes is $2, $5, $10, $50 and $100. Coins that are currently in circulation are 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents and $1. Most major credit cards are widely accepted.Traveller'scheques may also be accepted at major hotels, banks and money changers.
Tourists can claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid for your purchases if you spend more than $100 at any participating shops. For more information, visit www.yoursingapore.com.
You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Ambulance & Fire Brigade: 995
Flight Information: 1800 542 4422