|Airport Tax||Airport tax is included in price of airline ticket.|
|Business Hours||Most private offices are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Banks are open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Malls are generally open the whole week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.|
|Clothing||In business settings, lightweight conservative clothing, like dress slacks, a long-sleeved shirt, and a tie will fit in well. Suits are reserved for important meetings and formal events. Businesswomen generally wear knee-length or longer skirts with blouses, and understated make-up.|
|Currency||SGD (Singapore Dollars)|
|Custom Rules and Regulations||Alcoholic Beverages: 1 litre of wine, 1 litre or spirits and 3 cans of beer for passengers aged 18 and above, having spent more than 48 hours out of Singapore and are not entering from Malaysia.|
|Entry Requirements||Singapore Immigration Authorities require travellers to have at least six months' validity on their passports. Likewise, visitors intending transiting Singapore to neighbouring countries should ensure that their passports are valid for at least six months. Travellers may be refused entry or be turned away by airlines if their passports do not meet this requirement. Visas are not required for stays of up to two weeks for Commonwealth citizens, British passport holders, and citizens of the Republic of Ireland.|
|Health Risks||Singapore is generally epidemic-free, but hepatitis is not uncommon and may be caused by contaminated seafood and street food. Use common sense before eating anything from street vendors. Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap, and need not be boiled.|
|Language||Malay is the national language. Chinese (Mandarin), Malay, Tamil and English are the official languages. English is the language of administration and widely used for business dealings. Singlish -- a Singaporean version of English that has its own grammar -- is also widely used.|
|Local Climate||Singapore is in the equatorial monsoon region of Southeast Asia, and its climate is characterized by uniformly high temperatures and nearly constant precipitation throughout the year. The average monthly temperature varies from about 81 F (27 C) in June to 77 F (25 C) in January. The daily range is somewhat greater, averaging about 13 F (7 C). Singapore's maritime location and constant humidity, however, keep maximum temperatures relatively moderate: the highest temperature ever recorded was only 97 F (36 C).|
|Miscellaneous||Visitors to Singapore should note that there are
severe penalties for all drug offences including, in some cases, the death
penalty. Enforcement and punishment are very strict.
Smoking in public buildings, littering, jaywalking, spitting, feeding birds in public places, failing to flush public lavatories are civic crimes, which attract instant fines.
Don’t smoke in any air-conditioned public place or indoor restaurant. It is banned. Failure to observe this regulation attracts an immediate fine. Don’t chew gum on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. It is forbidden and the penalty can be a heavy on-the-spot fine. Don’t litter. The penalty is an on-the-spot fine. Most tourist publications on Singapore give further details.
|Name of Airport||Singapore Changi Airport. It is about 20 km. from the Central Business District. The airport is linked by two expressways -- the East Coast Parkway and the Pan Island Expressway -- to other parts of Singapore, providing easy access by taxi, public bus, or car. Travel time to the city is about 25 minutes by car or taxi, 45 minutes by bus.|
|Tipping||Tipping is actively discouraged by the government. It is prohibited in the airport and not encouraged in hotels that already charge a 10% service charge, as well as restaurants that charge GST. However, bellboys are generally tipped $1 per luggage. You are not obliged to tip taxi drivers.|
|Useful Links||Singapore Government
CJ Koh Law Library
Singapore - Best.com
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore Tourism Board
|Useful Numbers||Police 999, Ambulance 995 (toll-free) |
Airport Coach Service (AIRBUS) 542-1721 or 542-1732
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