Singapore; Travel Guide

WEATHER

Singapore is situated near the equator and has a typically tropical climate, with abundant rainfall, high and uniform temperatures, and high humidity all year round. Many of its climate variables, such as temperature and relative humidity, do not show large month-to-month variation.

The better months to travel, if you prefer comfortable temperatures and humidity, with rain less likely are March to May and September to November. December through February are good months to but the temperatures will be cooler and the number of daylight hours are more limited.

Here is a link to a site with average climatic conditions for Singapore:

https://www.holiday-weather.com/singapore/averages/

For a current weather forecast try this link:

http://www.weather.gov.sg/weather-forecast-4dayoutlook/

TRANSPORTATION

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a modern, cheap, air conditioned and speedy train service that operates all over the island. Pick up A Quick Guide to MRT Travel from the Station Control Room to help make life a little easier. There are three main lines –

  • North-South Line – from Marina Bay to Jurong East
  • East-West Line – Changi Airport / Pasir Ris to Boon Lay
  • North-East Line – Harbour front to Punggol

The MRT is a great way to travel from Changi Airport to the city centre (or you can get an airport transfer). The trip takes approximately 27 minutes and operates at an average frequency of 12 minutes. The cost for a single trip from the Changi Airport to City Hall Station is SGD $1.40. To use the MRT you must purchase an ez-link card or use the Singapore Tourist Pass. Ez-link cards can be bought or revalued at any TransitLink Ticket Sales Office which are located in most MRT stations and bus interchanges.

View a map of the MRT Network here, provided by SMRT. For more information call the TransitLink Hotline on 1800 366 8900 or visit the SMRT website

Buses

There are two main bus operators in Singapore: SBS Transit Ltd and SMRT Buses Ltd. There are thousands of buses on this island to help get you from Point A to Point B. The services run through the day and both operators have special Night buses. Find out about fares and timetables on the official websites:

Taxis in Singapore

There are over 15,000 air conditioned taxis operating in Singapore. Taxis are an easy, no fuss way to travel around the city and surrounding areas. They can be flagged down or met at a taxi stand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The taxis are metered, however certain pick up spots and times could add a surcharge onto your fare.

WHAT TO WEAR

The weather in Singapore is hot and humid, casual t-shirts and denim shorts soon become your best friends, the less layers you wear the better and try to stick to fabrics such as cotton blends, polyester/spandex, linen and silk – these are lightweight, breathable, absorb perspiration and allow your body heat to escape.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF!

For visitors it is important to not that even relatively minor violations (such as spitting on the sidewalk) are considered offenses. And there are fines issued for just about any offense including smoking in public places, jaywalking, littering and even chewing gum on the MRT.

Penalties for drug offenses include the death penalty. Even shoplifting is considered a rather serious offense in Singapore, with penalties that include a few months prison time. Other punishment may also be imposed for other lesser offenses.  However, the beauty is there is hardly any policeman or soldiers on the road and you must be very lucky to see a policeman or a soldier.

ELECTRICAL

In Singapore the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Singapore, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).

UK Plug

SAFETY

Singapore is the 6th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Singapore is the safest country in Asia. Violent crimes against tourists almost don’t exist. The top list of crimes in Singapore leads petty crimes, including pickpocketing

HEALTH

Singapore Health Care and Vaccinations

  • Diphtheria No
  • Hepatitis A Sometimes
  • Yellow Fever No*
  • Malaria No
  • Typhoid No
  • Tetanus Yes
  • Rabies No

* A yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over one year of age who, in the preceding six days, have been in or have passed through any country partly or wholly endemic for yellow fever.

Health Care

The healthcare system in Singapore is of very high quality, generally regarded as one of the best in the world; life expectancy is high and infant mortality is low. Citizens benet
from universal healthcare, funded by compulsory savings deducted from payrolls – the money accumulates in a nationalised health insurance plan called Medisave,
and can be shared across families. All health services are paid for when used, but at a subsidised rate.

Costs of medical care for those who do not participate in Medisave, such as tourists, can be very high compared to those in other parts of Southeast Asia. It is therefore important to take out appropriate travel insurance, which should include repatriation to your home country in the event of an emergency.

FOOD & WATER SAFETY IN SINGAPORE?

Food hygiene is generally good, particularly now that most individual street stalls have been closed down in favour of hawker centres. As always it’s safer to avoid raw vegetables, shellfish and reheated foods, and to wash fruit which has not been peeled. The tap water is safe to drink. Hepatitis A infection is not unknown, although rare, and
vaccination may be considered.

CURRENCY

The currency in Singapore is the Singapore dollar. It is a fully traded currency so you can take some with you or go to a bureau de exchange at an airport. There are plenty of ATMs throughout Singapore so you should never run out of places to get cash.

Many places take credit cards but if you want to buy things from a market or get some tasty street food it is good to carry cash.

The exchange rate is around $1.4SGD to $1US. The link below takes you to currency exchange site to get the latest exchange rates.

To get to a currency converter to get the latest exchange rates follow this link

VISAS

Singapore Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Other EU Yes Yes No
Australian Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No

Passports

To enter Singapore, a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas for Singapore are not required by nationals referred to in the table above, if they are visiting for social/tourism reasons; instead a visit pass is issued on arrival and is usually valid for up to a month.