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Important Notes in Singapore


The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$). Money changing services can be found not only at the Singapore Changi Airport but also most shopping centres and hotels around the island. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.


Singapore has hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 30º – 36 º C, dropping to around 24ºC in the evenings. Due to the monsoon season, Singapore will experience plenty of rain, almost on a daily basis, from November onwards.

Time Difference

Singapore time is 8 hours ahead of GMT.


The World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) identified Singapore as the most politically stable country in Asia. Singapore was ranked second in personal safety among the world’ top 50 cities

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.

(No) Smoking

If you are a smoker, you should be aware of the smoking restrictions in Singapore, including the minimum legal age and the places where smoking is banned. Besides air-conditioned areas such as shopping centres, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, smoking is also an offence on the SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit system), public buses, taxis and in lifts. The smoking ban is also applicable to public eateries and within a five-metre radius from most building entrances, except for allocated smoking areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow paint. A maximum fine of S$1,000 may be imposed on first-time offenders.

Orchard Road is No Smoking Zone. Since 1 January 2019, public areas within the Orchard Road precinct have been designated as a No Smoking Zone (NSZ), where smoking is only allowed in Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs).


Singapore’ electrical voltage is 220-240 AC, 50 Hertz. Most hotels can provide a transformer to convert electrical appliances from 110-120AC, 60 Hertz to the local voltage.

Drinking Water

Singapore is known for its safe and clean drinking water. Tap water need not be boiled and is safe for drinking.

GST Refund Scheme

As a tourist in Singapore, if you make any purchase of more than S$100 (including GST) at participating shops, you may claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases. You are entitled up to 3 same-day receipts/invoices from shops bearing the same GST registration number to meet this minimum purchase amount of S$100. To know whether a shop is participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS), look for a “Tax Free” shopping logo or sign displayed at the shop. You can also check with the retailer whether your purchases are eligible for GST refund.