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Singapore has a mild tropical climate with temperatures reach a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius during the day, falling to a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius in the evening. The two monsoon seasons are December – March and June – September.
English is the language of business and administration in Singapore and is widely spoken. Most Singaporeans are bilingual being conversant in English and their mother tongue. Malay is the national language. The four official languages in Singapore are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English.
Public transportation in the City is excellent and readily available, either by taxi or the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRT).
Singapore is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Clocks are not adjusted for daylight saving.
Singapore voltage is 220-240 volts AC. The power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped type which are also used in UK.
It is safe to drink the tap water in Singapore.
Visa and Entry Facilities
For information on visa requirements and to download the necessary application forms, please visit www.ica.gov.sg.
Generally, foreigners who do not require visas for entry and are visiting Singapore as tourists, may be given up to 30-day social visit passes upon their arrival in Singapore.
Money can be changed in banks and hotels as well as establishments displaying the sign "Licensed Money Changer". Most shopping complexes have a licensed money changer. Visitors are strongly discouraged from changing money with unlicensed money changers.
Smoking is not permitted in public service vehicles, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, air-conditioned restaurants, non air-conditioned eating houses, hawker centers, hair salons, supermarkets, department stores and government offices. Smoking is no longer allowed in pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots, unless within approved smoking rooms or smoking corners. Offenders can be fined up to SGD 1,000.
Tipping is not practised as most hotels and restaurants in Singapore already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills. Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore and is prohibited at the airport.
The Government of Singapore takes security very seriously, with Singapore being widely recognised as one of the world’s safest cities.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police - 999
Ambulance – 995
*Above information courtesy of www.visitsingapore.com