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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
To get more information on visa and entry requirements, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.
Diplomatic Representations
To known list of countries embassies in Singapore kindly visit the given link.
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

An efficient public transportation network of taxis, buses and the modern Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail system ensures that travelling cross this city state is hassle-free and extremely affordable.
Buy an ez-link card. It can be used both for MRT and Buses.
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Singapore Network Map

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Singapore - Changi Intl (SIN 19 km / 12 miles SGD 22-30 / 25 min SGD 2 SGD 2.80 / 25-30 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Most commonly used transportation is The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) it is a modern, air-conditioned passenger train service with stations all over the island. Trains operate from 0530 hrs until 0030 hrs daily. Travelling on the MRT is cheap, with rides ranging from SGD 0.80 to a maximum of SGD 1.70.


MRT has two operators : SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT) and SBS Transit

Taxi's are a little bit expensive and take long duration to reach the destination. For a group of four passengers with luggage Taxi is recommended.

Rail Companies
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (Malayan Railways Limited);
SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT)
SBS Transit

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Singapore Airlines Major No Yes
Silk Air Major No Yes
Tiger Airways Low Cost No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Driving in Singapore is considered safe. A right permit is required for driving in Singapore which is issued by Land Transport Authority . Public streets and commuter facilities are well-lit for the safety of all road-users. Traffic signs and directional signs are clear and plentiful. Some sections of highways are restricted during rush hours.
Road Maps
Singapore Maps
Find an Itinerary

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Different Forms of Tourism

World War II Sites, along with various old historical places like Churches, Temples , Mosque, Old Residence, Bridges are worth seeing.

Visit : The official tourism web site

Many festivals take place throughout the year (festival of the temple, Mosque, Churches, New year, Country and Culture Celebrations).
Parks, Gardens and other Panoramic views of the harbors are counted as natural reserves.
Many temples, Mosque and Church are spread across city of Singapore.
Two famous hot water springs, Sembawang Hot Spring and Pulau Tekong.
Beaches add to the beauty of the nation of Singapore . Clink the link to see details: Focus Singapore.
Winter Sports
Snow City introduces the concept of snow and cold climates in a fun, entertaining and educational way.
Outdoor Activities
Golf, Water Sports, and adventure sports.
Singapore is known as a shopper's paradise in the region because of the competitive prices and easy availability of goods. Electrical equipment of all types can be bought at Sungei Road , but caution is advised as there are many imitation products around. For more information on shopping in Singapore , see the Singapore Shopping brochure published by the Singapore Tourism Board .
Tourism Organizations
Singapore Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
Vaccination certificates are required for travelers who, within the preceding six days, have been in or passed through any country in which yellow fever is prevalent.
International Hospitals
Singapore has many international quality hospitals. Doctors and Nurses in hospitals are well acquainted with English. Singapore health care costs are very high. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate payment for services. Patients are usually required to provide a deposit or guarantee of payment prior to admission.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of Health , Singapore
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Visit the web site of Canadian Foreign Office
Visit the site of the US department of State
Singapore Tourism Board

Emergency Numbers

Police 999
Fire and Ambulance 995
Non Emergency Ambulance 1777

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Singapore (GMT+8)
Summer Time Period

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Equatorial: warm and humid climate throughout the year. The temperature varies between 20°C and 35°C. Rainstorms are very common. The wettest period lasts from November to January and the driest from May to July.
For Further Information
Meteorological Services Division (National Environment Agency of Singapore)

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Beef rendang (coconut milk beef curry), Chili crab (fresh crab with a piquant sauce), Gado gado (a fruit and vegetable salad in peanut sauce), Satay (skewers of marinated meat cooked over charcoal), etc. Most of the dishes display photos, and you can watch them being prepared also.
Singapore Sling, Teh arak tarik, Soya bean milk, Sugar cane juice, Tiger Beer.
Dietary Restrictions
You should never pass food to Muslims with your left hand.
Also, it is advisable not to order alcohol when dining with Muslims.
Never leave chopsticks upright in a rice bowl as this resembles a grave marker which is considered a sign of bad omen.

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Domestic Currency
Singapore Dollar
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be changed at most banks and licensed money changers; however some of them do not offer this service on Saturday.
To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveler's checks in Pounds Sterling.
Possible Means of Payment

Cash is widely used. In addition credit cards of American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.

ATMs are widespread.

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Official Language
English, Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil.
Other Languages Spoken
Hakka, Cantonese, Teochew, Other Chinese dialects.
Business Language
English is the most common language used and is the language which unites the different ethnic groups and business together.
Getting Some Knowledge
For English to Malay Phrases, visit: Linguanaut.

For English to Tamil Phrases, visit: Linguanaut.

For English to Mandarin Chinese, visit: Kwintessential.

Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish : Translation of text and web pages : Translation of text and web pages
Google Language Tools : For English to Chinese translation

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Singapore Tourism Board,


Singapore hotels

Singaporehotels .net

Move and Stay
Singapore Hotels Association

To Find an Apartment
Singapore Property Exchange

Innovative Housing Agency
IT Realtor
To Find a Job
Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore)
Singapore Jobs Directory
Singapore Job Market

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