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SINGAPORE TRAVEL TIPS

GENERAL DO'S and DON'TS

  • Do not use first names unless you are invited to. Use Mr., Mrs. or Miss as titles. Obey the laws, as they are strictly enforced.
  • Smoking in public buses, taxis, lifts, theatres, cinemas, government offices and air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centres is against the law. First offenders may be fined up to a maximum of S$1,000. While it is an offence to smoke in air-conditioned eating places, smoking is not prohibited in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.
  • It is common courtesy to ask permission to take pictures of people, mosques or temples. When entering a Singaporean's house or a mosque, remember to take off your shoes. Do not eat or offer anything with your left hand when with Muslims and NEVER use your left hand when shaking hands with a Muslim.
  • Business cards are exchanged at the beginning of a meeting. Remember to give and receive the card with both hands. It is polite to look the card over and hold it while speaking.
  • Singapore's clean and green image is the result of more than two decades of public education campaigns and strict laws against littering. Littering of any kind is subject up to S$1,000 fine for first offenders, and up to S$2,000 fine and a stint of corrective work order cleaning a public place for repeat offenders. As an extension of the law against littering, the import, sale and possession of chewing gum is prohibited. The high costs and difficulty in removing indiscriminately discarded chewing gum were the reasons for the prohibition.
  • Spitting is also punishable by law in Singapore. So beware the next time you wish to clear your throat.
  • Failure to flush the toilet after use can result in a $150 (S$75) fine but then, chances of getting caught are pretty slim. However, urinating in elevators can cause the doors of some to permanently close until the police squad arrives! It's also wise to take your own toilet paper as it's not always available in many public toilets.

 

Passport & Visa

Visas are not generally required for social visits of under 14 days and visitors arriving as tourists are given a 14-day social visit pass on arrival. If you want to stay longer, you may apply to the Immigration Department after your arrival.

You should have an onward/return ticket and sufficient funds for your stay. Entry visas are required for visitors from the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, India, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. Visa- free entry is available to citizens of Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Visa- free entry is permitted to citizens of other countries for stays ranging from 14-90 days. As regulations may change from time to time, check with your nearest Singapore Embassy or Singapore Tourist Promotion Board office before departure.

 

 Transport

Local transport

Taxis are available 24 hours and provide reasonably priced travel throughout the city. Singapore has more than 15,000 taxi, which can be flagged down or picked up from designated taxi stands which are well located throughout the city. Taxis can be booked at any time of the day or night. Fares are metered, and a S$3 surcharge is charged for all journeys from, but not to, the airport. Fares from Changi to central Singapore generally cost between S$12 and S$20 and should take up to 30 minutes. Other fare costs go according to the distances you wish to travel.

All taxis are metered but certain surcharges apply depending on time of travel, place of hire, mode of hire, type of cab and the place where the taxi passes through an Electronic Pricing Gantry.

All taxis are metered and follow these rates:

  • S$2.40 for the first 1 km or part thereof (flag down fare)
  • S$0.10 for every 240 m thereafter up to 10 km
  • S$0.10 for every 225 m thereafter from 10 km onwards
  • S$0.10 for every 30 seconds waiting time

Trishaws This traditional form of chauffeur-pedaled transportation is a fun and exciting way to tour the streets of Singapore.

Airport Shuttle service is called Maxicab and offers scheduled service with a flexible routing. It covers almost all the hotels in the city except for those in Sentosa and the Meridien Changi. The alighting points are flexible and cater to any destination in the CBD including MRT stations. These 6-seater Maxicabs are equipped with wheel-chair accessible features and luggage room. The reservations can be made at airport shuttle counters and the payment is done to the driver. Note: If you arrive after midnight , when bus and train options are not available, go with the standard taxi service outside the terminal where a basic cab ride to Orchard Road with, for example, a Comfort-brand cab, will cost about 25 SGD to 30 SGD on the meter, inclusive of the after-hours 50% surcharge.

the Airport Coach Services is a good means to commute from airport to hotel and vice-versa. The coaches operate daily from 0600hrs to 0000hrs and ply at a frequency of 20 minutes. They are well equipped with luxurious seats, air-conditioning and luggage compartments. The tickets can be purchased on board or from the airport and certain selected hotels.

The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Known as one of the most efficient and the  cleanest systems of the world, the MRT is a modern, air-conditioned passenger train service with stations spread through the city. There are two main lines - one from Marina Bay to Jurong East via Woodlands and the other from Pasir Ris to Boon Lay. The trains operate between 0530-2400 (0600-2400 on Sundays and public holidays) with stations being served on average every six minutes. Fares range from 70 cents to S$1.60.The MRT is an inexpensive mode of commuting. You can also travel to the suburbs for a taste of the local way of life. The tracks outside the city are above the ground, thus enabling the visitor to enjoy the scenery

Express buses run daily between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. There are two types of buses in Singapore: the Singapore Bus Service and the Trans-Island Bus Service. You can purchase a Singapore Explorer ticket that will allow you to travel anywhere for up to three days. The ticket comes with a useful map with details on major tourist destinations and which service to use to get there. For more information, pick up the "See Singapore by Bus" pamphlet from the STPB (Singapore Tourist Promotion Board) in Raffles City

 

Airport tax

For your convenience you can buy $15 airport tax coupons in advance at most hotels, travel agencies and airline offices. The coupon must be attached to your airline ticket.

Car hire

by the day or the week can be hired from a number of local operators. These are air-conditioned and can be hired for self-drive or with the services of a chauffeur. A valid international driving license is preferred for those wishing to self-drive. You can rent a car from any of the international firms, or from local car hire firms. You will need both a national and international license. Driving is on the left side of the road, and wearing a seat belt is the law.

 

 

Tap water safety

Singapore water is clean and safe to drink from the tap and need not be boiled.

 

Medical

Singapore's medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with well qualified doctors and dentists, many trained overseas. Pharmaceuticals are available from numerous outlets including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists work from 9am till 6pm, with some shops open until 10pm. Most hotels have their own doctor on 24-hour call. Contact the Front Office or Room Service for assistance.

 

Postal service & Telephone

Most hotels provide postal services at the front desk. The Changi Airport Post Office is open from 8am to 8pm daily from Monday to Saturday. Basic postal services are available round the clock at the general Post Office and the Comcentre branch.
International Direct Dialling is available at the General Post Office and Comcentre. IDD calls can also be made from the numerous phone card and credit card phones located at post offices and round the city area. Phone cards come in five denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20 and $50 and are sold at Singapore Telecom service outlets, post offices, convenience stores and some retail shops. A 20% levy is normally imposed on IDD calls made from hotels. International Access Code: 106 for Malaysia (before the country code), 104 for other countries. Country Code: 65 City Codes: City codes not required.

 

Email/Internet

Internet access points are available in major tourist areas, and in all cities.

 

Emergency services

  • Police: Singapore police are very helpful, if you need assistance dial 999
  • Fire and Ambulance: Dial 995

 

 

 

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