BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

Getting to Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the busiest and best connected in the world, handling over 100 airlines flying to some 300 cities. The award-winning airport itself is jampacked with activities and amenities, making it a world-class attraction in its own right.

Transportation

The fastest way to get around the island is on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train system, while the comprehensive bus network is both convenient and economical. Meanwhile, taking a taxi is a comfortable way to get to more out of the way.

Weather

Singapore enjoys a tropical climate all year round. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings.

Languages

English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil are the four official languages in Singapore. English is widely spoken throughout Singapore and is the main language used in business and commerce.

Time Zone

Singapore Standard Time is GMT +8 hours.

(No) Smoking

Besides air-conditioned areas such as shopping centres, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, smoking is also an offence on the trains, public buses, taxis and in lifts. The smoking ban has also been imposed on public eateries and within a five-metre radius from most building entrances, except for allocated smoking areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow lines. A maximum fine of S$1,000 may be imposed on first-time offenders.

Tax Refund Schemes

While you are in Singapore, you can get a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on your purchases. Look out for retailers displaying the ‘Tax Refund’ logo and spend S$100 or more to qualify. GST is Refunded directly to you at selected retailers, Changi Airport or Seletar Airport on goods that are brought out of Singapore. A handling fee for the refund service may be deducted from the GST amount. Please note that tax refund is available for departure by air only.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 999 (local toll-free number) Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 995 (local toll-free number)

 

Source: Singapore Tourism Board