Foreigners holding travel documents issued by the following countries will require a visa to enter Singapore:
People's Republic of China †
Visitors holding these travel documents also require a visa to enter Singapore:
- Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity
- Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Travel Permit
- Holders of Palestinian Authority Passport, Temporary Passport issued by the United Arab Emirates and #Refugee Travel Document issued by Middle-East countries.
· * Commonwealth of Independent States; Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service passports are exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days
· ^ Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service passports are exempted from visa requirements.
· † Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service passports are exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days.
· ~ Holders of Diplomatic, Official and Service passports are exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 90 days.
· + Holders of Diplomatic passports are exempted from visa requirements.
· # These travel documents are subject to assessment of recognition for entry into Singapore
For more information on visa application procedures and entry to Singapore, please refer to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website.
If you require a visa, please apply at least one month in advance.
Disembarkation/Embarkation Card (D/E Card)
Foreign visitors arriving in Singapore are required to have a completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card (or D/E card) for immigration clearance.
The D/E card is available at all Singapore checkpoints. Travellers arriving by air can obtain the card from the airlines or on board their flights to Singapore. All D/E cards must be completed in a neat and legible manner.
An example of what a D/E card looks like:
For more information on the D/E card, please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website.
It is advisable to carry some form of identification at all times (either a residence permit or a certified copy of your passport).
Safety and Security
Singapore is clean, orderly, safe and the people are polite and helpful. However, you are advised to be careful with your valuables in crowded places.
GMT +8 hour.
Local transaction will typically be done in Singapore dollars. Banks can be found all over the city. Exchange rates tend to vary from bank to bank and some even have a service charge on each exchange transaction - this is usually $2 to $3, but can be more, so ask first.
Moneychangers do not charge fees, so you will often get a better overall exchange rate for cash and travellers cheques with them than at the banks. You'll find moneychangers in just about every shopping centre in Singapore.
Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs
Most ATMs will accept Visa, MasterCard and debit cards with Plus or Cirrus. ATMs can be found in most large shopping centres and MRT stations.
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 3pm
Saturday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Goods & Services Tax (GST)
The current rate of GST is 7%.
Tipping is not usual in Singapore. Most hotels and restaurants have a 10% service charge, in which case tipping is discouraged.
Visitors from countries with a high incidence of yellow fever will need to show immunisation records on arrival. Health care in Singapore is excellent, but also very expensive; health insurance is recommended. For entry into Singapore, a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers (over one year of age) who, within the preceding six days, have been in or have passed through any country where yellow fever is endemic (most tropical African and South American countries - please visit Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website for details).
Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period
Singapore uses the British BS1363 three-pin rectangular socket (230V/50Hz). Plug adaptors are available at any hardware store. To use a 110/120 volt appliance (U.S. appliance) where there is only 220/240 power available, you must use a step down or combination converter.
Dual Voltage Appliances are recommended. They are designed to work with both 110/120 or 220/240 volt electricity and tend to work better than using a converter with an existing appliance. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage.
Cell Phone Usage
Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don’t have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here.
Wireless Internet is available throughout the University Campus.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Fire Brigade: 995
Tourist line: 1800 736 2000 (Toll-free in Singapore only, operates Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays), 9am to 6pm.)
Getting around Singapore is easy and inexpensive. Excellent bus services complement one of the world's most modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) systems. The island's plentiful taxis are metered and air-conditioned. Self-drive and chauffeur-driven cars can be hired from a number of operators. Even trishaws can be hired for a new adventure in sightseeing.
The Singapore Tourist Pass is a pass that offers tourists unlimited rides on Singapore’s public transport system, which includes the MRT and basic bus services. The Pass is available with three options of a 1-Day, 2-Day or 3-Day pass, and can be bought at Ticket Offices at certain MRT Stations, including Changi Airport MRT Station.
For more information about the Singapore Tourist Pass, please refer to the Singapore Tourist Pass website.
Taxis can be flagged down 24 hours a day on most roads, with well-marked taxi-stands available outside most major shopping centres and hotels.
For advanced booking of taxis and further information on various surcharges, you may contact the taxi operators at their respective websites and contact numbers:
The public buses operate from 6am until midnight every day. Information on bus fares and routes are usually available at all bus stops.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
The MRT is one of the most convenient, cheapest and fastest means of transportation in Singapore and is a hallmark of efficiency as it is clean, punctual and air-conditioned.
The trains operate from 6am to midnight at frequencies of 2.5 to 8 minutes. There are fines for littering, smoking, eating and drinking in MRT stations and on board the trains.
Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world, and many Singaporeans are obsessive gourmands who love to makan ("eat" in Malay). You will find quality Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, American and other food in this city-state.
Eating habits run the gamut, but most foods are eaten by fork and spoon: push and cut with the fork in the left hand, and eat with the spoon in the right. Noodles and Chinese dishes typically come with chopsticks, while Malay and Indian food can be eaten by hand, but nobody will blink an eye if you ask for a fork and spoon instead. If eating by hand, always use your right hand to pick your food, as Malays and Indians traditionally use their left hand to handle dirty things. Take note of the usual traditional Chinese etiquette when using chopsticks, and most importantly, do not stick your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice. If eating in a group, serving dishes are always shared, but you'll get your own bowl of rice and soup. It's common to use your own chopsticks to pick up food from communal plates, but serving spoons can be provided on request.
For more on Singapore’s various cuisines, do visit YourSingapore’s webpage on Cuisines of Singapore.