About Singapore

Currency

The local currency is Singapore dollars and cents. The currency code is SGD, and 1 US dollar is worth approximately 1.4 Singapore dollar.

 

Weather

Singapore is a tropical country and 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. Light summer clothing is appropriate.

 

Drinking water

It is safe to drink straight from the tap in Singapore.

 

Electricity

Singapore’s voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles a second. Power plugs are three-pin and square-shaped (British Standards BS 1363 or Type G).

 

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

A 7% GST (effective July 2007) is levied in Singapore, but foreign visitors may reclaim the GST paid on purchases if they spend a minimum of $100.00 at any store where the “Tax Free Shopping” logo is displayed and they present their passports to obtain a completed Global Refund Cheque. GST refunds can then be claimed upon departure at Singapore Changi Airport with the presentation of the goods purchased, the receipts and Global Refund Cheques.

 

Tipping

Tipping is not a common practice in Singapore and is prohibited at the airport. Most hotels and restaurants already levy a service charge on customers’ bills.

 

Laws and restrictions

The sale of chewing gum is banned in Singapore. One is however allowed to chew gum, as long as they are properly disposed of. Smoking is not allowed in most public places and serious action is brought against drug offenders. The drinking age in Singapore is 18. Please note that alcohol is prohibited at ISYF.

 

Payphone and telecommunication services

Public payphones are operated by credit card and/or stored value phonecards and can be used to make both local and international calls. International Calling Cards are available at all post offices, 7-11 convenience stores and many other retail outlets.

 

Public transport

Singapore has a comprehensive public transport system, comprising a well-linked bus and train (MRT) network. Commuters use a common stored-value card for trips on both networks (EZ-link card). EZ-link cards can be purchased and topped up at any bus interchange or MRT station. Cash in the form of coins also can be used as a payment option.

Cabs in Singapore are extremely common and reliable, and charge fixed rates from the meter. They can be hailed by phone and by street. Also, Uber is available as a transport option should you wish.