At a Glance
GMT +8 hours
English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil
Being a country of diverse cultures, various customs from different ethnic backgrounds are observed. It is common to greet someone with a friendly handshake, though some cultures may refrain from body contact when meeting members of the opposite gender.
Displays of affection in public are frowned upon, while touching someone’s head and pointing at someone with your index finger are both considered as impolite.
The electrical current in Singapore runs on a 220 volt, 50 cycle AC (the same as Britain and Australia). North American appliances will need an adaptor and a converter while dual-voltage appliances will simply require an adaptor.
The unit of currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD).
10% service charge is implemented in most dining establishments. Though not mandatory, you may compliment exceptional service with a tip.
7% government service tax is automatically added to all goods and services.
Located near the equator, Singapore is generally hot and humid, with little variation throughout the year. Average temperatures range from 31°C (88°F) in the day to around 24°C (75°F) in the evening. Expect frequent heavy downpours beginning in November due to the monsoon season.
Shopping and Business Hours
10:00am to 9:00pm
Police – 999
Fire and Ambulance – 995
For some nationalities, a visa is required prior to your arrival in Singapore.