Singapore Visitor Information


Unlike what you're probably used to back home, Singaporeans don't bother with formal politeness and are pretty accepting of most things, including revealing clothing. However, it might come as a surprise that public displays of affection are frowned upon. When entering a place of worship or someone's home, it is polite to remove your shoes. Swastikas used quite commonly across the city as religious symbols in the Buddhist and Hindu faiths. These are not anti-Semitic or Nazi symbols and visitors should not be offended or display disapproval. It is also forbidden to chew gum or feed monkeys and pigeons.


The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD) which is divided into 100 cents. Worth approximately $1.22 Australian (depending on exchange rates), you can find currency exchange booths in almost every shopping mall. These booths offer better opening hours and rates than the banks as well as faster service.

ATMs are widely available in Singapore however credit cards are also accepted almost everywhere. Visitors should note that shops may have a 3% surcharge while taxis 15%. Travellers cheques aren't really accepted but can be changed at most exchange booths.

Staying Connected

Most hotels and resorts offer wireless internet access however there are also internet caf├ęs located throughout the main tourist areas. Most charge approximately $2/hr. When it comes to plugging in your devices, Singapore uses the British BS1363 three-pin rectangular socket (230V/50Hz).

For international dialling use 0011 + country code + area code + local number. The international telephone country code for Singapore is 65. Check the area code where you are staying. When trying to contact home, particularly by phone remember the time difference. Singapore's time zone is UTC/GMT +8.


Public transport in Singapore is excellent and is the cheapest and most convenient way to get around. The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT) are rail networks that make up the majority of Singapore's transit system. Cheap and reliable options, the network covers all places of interest to tourists. Buses are also available in Singapore and although they are cheaper, they are also slower and more difficult to use than the rail network. They are however a great way to see the sights rather than in an underground tunnel.

Metred taxis are also everywhere in Singapore and although they are quite honest and reasonably priced, they are in high demand which can make them difficult to secure. Outside peak periods, a trip around the city centre shouldn't be more than $10 while a trip from one of the island to the other is still quite cheap at $35.

Visas & Immigration

Visitors from most countries can enter Singapore on a valid passport without requiring a visa. There are a little over 30 nationalities who are required to obtain a visa but these should be checked with Immigration prior to departing. The duration you are permitted to enter Singapore varies depending on your country of origin and entry point however most nationalities are allowed entry for between 14 to 30 days, although some European and American citizens can stay for up to 90 days.