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Facts for Travellers

Travel Information about Singapore

 

Languages

Most Singaporeans communicate in English as is the main language for education, business and daily communication.  The other common languages are Mandarin, Malay and Tamil, as spoken by the main races here.

Plug and Socket Types

The plug and socket type in Singapore is:

 

 

Voltage

In Singapore, the voltage for electrical equipment and appliances is 230 V and frequency is 50 Hz.

Time Zone

The time zone in Singapore is GMT +8.

Mobile Phones

The mobile phones in Singapore operate on GSM 900/1800.

Currency of Singapore

Singapore dollar is the currency used here. Its notes are available in denomination of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and S$10,000 bank notes and S$1 is in coin form.

S$1 is equivalent to 100 Singapore cents. The coins are available in value of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

You can enquire about the prevailing Singapore exchange rates at our Front Office cashier.

Visa for Entry to Singapore

Please visit the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA) website to see if you need to apply for a visa to visit Singapore.

Singapore Weather

Singapore is generally hot and humid. It is warm and humid year round, with the temperature between 24°C to as high as 35°C. You can check the current weather forecast via our Singapore weather guide.

Tipping

Tipping is not practised in Singapore. As such, you do not need to tip waiters, bell hops, taxi drivers or other service staff.

Singapore Banking Business Hours

Most banks are open from 9 am to 3 pm, Mon to Fri and 9.30 am to 11.30 am on Saturday.  However, some of their branches also operate on Sun.

Healthcare in Singapore

Singapore has an efficient and comprehensive healthcare system.  It is highly regarded and consistently ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be among the world’s best.

Drinking Water

Singapore’s tap water is well within the World Health Organisation’s drinking water guidelines, and is suitable for drinking without any further filtration.

Taxes

Most hotels and dining outlets levy a 10% service charge and 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

A majority of retailers in Singapore charge a 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on most items.

If you are departing from Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 and 3, Budget Terminal or Seletar Airport, you can claim refund on Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid for your goods purchased from retailers participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme if you meet the eligibility criteria and conditions.

You can also contact the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore at (65) 6356 8633 or email to gst@iras.gov.sg for any query.

Singapore Visitors Centres

You can visit a Singapore Visitors Centre for travel tips and holiday information.  Please visit the Singapore Tourism Board’s website on where these travel information centres are located.  The one nearest to Riverview Hotel is at the junction of Carnhill Road and Orchard Road, near the Heeren shopping mall.

Singapore Customs

Under Singapore laws, arriving travellers are required to pay taxes if they bring in cigarettes and other tobacco and liquor products or other taxable goods exceeding the duty-free concession and Goods and Services Tax (GST) relief. You can visit the Singapore Customs website for more information.

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