Singapore is a sovereign city-state and Island country with multicultural diversity in Southeast Asia. It is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic country. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government began in 1959. Singapore is a major transportation hub in Asia for sea and air trade routes.
Singapore is hot and humid year-round, it generally rains in spurts in Singapore even in wettest months. Carrying comfortable clothes and a folding umbrella will be highly recommended
Singapore Dollar. (Code: SGD; Sign: S$)
Singapore Time (SGT) is 8 hours ahead of Universal Time Cordinated (UTC). Singapore is 2.5 hrs ahead of India Standard Time.
The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC & one can use power plugs with three square prongs here.
You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standard . One can buy bottle water as well.
English is widely spoken language in Singapore. Additionally, people also speak Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
Changi International Airport, currently rated as the World’s Best Airport. It has 4 terminals.
Smoking at public places is prohibited. There are certain designated places for smoking.
Tipping is not a standard cultural practice in Singapore. Most restaurants in Singapore add a 10% service charge to the bill so a tip is not expected. Tipping bellhops at hotels is not compulsory but acceptable. SGD1-2 per bag is reasonable.
Singapore duty free regulation are quiet strict especially for cigarettes. You will land up paying taxes for cigarettes purchased at your origin of travel. Narcotics in any form is strictly “No” in Singapore and can lead to capital punishment.
Singapore is well-known for its seafood. Chili crab and Black pepper crab are two classic dishes that are highly recommended to tourists. Hainanese chicken rice; Roti Parata are most popular dishes & Kaya toast is the symbolic snack of Singapore.
Purchase and consumption of alcohol in public between 1030 PM – 0700 AM is banned.
Chewing & splitting chewing gums in streets is prohibited in Singapore.
Eating and carrying Durian is strictly not allowed in Taxis and any mode of public transportation.
Eating & Drinking in Taxis or any mode of public transportation is not allowed by law in Singapore.
Tourist can claim a refund of 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) paid on purchases, if they spend more than $ 100 at any one particular shop.
Getting heated, angry and raising voice while interacting with people should be avoided at all cost. Use of abusive behavior/ words is punishable under law.
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