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Welcome To Singapore


Foreign visitors from different corners of the world can enter Singapore in different regulations. Those whose visas are NOT required to visit Singapore are or from:Citizens of British Commonwealth countries (except India) ,Citizens of the Republic of Ireland ,Australia,Belgium, Denmark , Finland, France , Germany , Iceland , Italy , Japan , Liechtenstein ,Monaco , The Netherlands , San Marino , Switzerland , USA Those whose visas are not required to stay of up to 90 days for social purposes are from: Austria , Belgium, Denmark , Finland , France , Germany, Iceland , Italy , Japan , Korea, Luxembourg , Norway , Spain , Sweden. Those whose visas are required are from:Afghanistan , Algeria , Cambodia , Hong Kong , India , Iraq , Jordan , Laos , Lebanon , Libya, People's Republic of China , Russian Federation , Syria , Thailand , Tunisia , Vietnam , Yemen.The Singapore's visitor's visa is issued for 30 days if you arrive by air, and 14 days by land or sea.

Tourist visas are not required for American and Canadian citizens for visits of up to 30 days. However, all visitors are required to have a passport validity of at least 6 months, onward/return tickets, onward facilities (e.g., visa, entry permit, etc.) to their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore. For all other nationalities please check the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website (www.ica.gov.sg) for more information.

Changi Airport in Singapore is 6 km (10 miles) from the city centre. Changi Airport's two terminals offer comprehensive facilities as well as hotels with private bathrooms. Transit passengers who will not be clearing the customs and immigration facilities in Singapore can make advance reservation for temporary accommodation at The Ambassador Transit Hotel within the secured area of the airport .

Public transportation from the airport to the city center is readily available. Taxi fare costs SGD 15 - SGD 20 (add surcharge for trips originating from the airport). The Maxicab airport shuttle service operates every 20 minutes and costs SGD 7.

Singapore's climate is typically tropical, humid, and sometimes uncomfortable with rainfall. But whenever you get used to the tropics, you won't feel that discomfort. The temperature rarely drops below 20° C (68° F). During the daytime, it usually rises to 26° C (80° F), whereas the evening temperature is only slightly lower.


The currency unit is the Singapore dollars (S$) and cents. Approximately S$1.60 = US$1. Coins are in denominations of: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and $1. Notes are in denominations of: $2, $5, $10, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and $10,000.

Banking hours are 9:30am - 3pm weekdays; 9:30am - 1pm Saturdays. Traveler's checks and foreign currencies may be changed at most banks and licensed money changers in most shopping centers.
Most ATM machines offer PLUS, STAR or CIRRUS network systems. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

Getting around in Singapore is really easy and inexpensive. Excellent bus services complement one of the world's most modern and efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) systems. The island's plentiful taxis are metered and air-conditioned. Self-drive and chauffeur-driven cars can be hired from a number of operators.

By Bus
Buses are probably the most economical way to get around Singapore. There are two types of buses in Singapore: the Singapore Bus Service and the Trans-Island Bus Service. Details of bus routes and fares are clearly displayed at bus interchanges and you are most welcome to check with the locals if you are not sure of which bus to take. Exact change is required for your fare and it is recommended that you purchase a EZ-Link Fare Card (stored-value card), which may also be used on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway system.

By Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)
Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is a new, clean and easy way to travel. The train consists of two main lines that run north-south and east-west. There will be a third MRT line (the North East Line) scheduled to be completed by mid 2003.
Tickets for your train ride may be purchased at any MRT station from a ticketing machine. Coin-operated ticket-dispensing machines are located inside the main doors at each station. A route plan is available in every station to help you plan your route and determine the required train fare.

Trains operate at intervals of two and a half to eight minutes from 5:30am until 12:30am daily.

Rides range from SGD 0.70 to a maximum of SGD 1.60.
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT): Efficient and inexpensive, the MRT is an efficient way to self-explore Singapore. Operation hours are 6am to 12 midnight daily.

Instead of using cash, you may choose to pay your MRT and bus fares with a stored value ez-link Card. The Card can be bought or revalued from any TransitLink Ticket Sales Office located in most MRT stations and bus interchanges. Each adult Card is sold with a minimum value of SGD 10 plus a deposit fee of SGD 5.

By Taxi
Over 15,000 air-conditioned licensed cabs provide comfortable, hassle-free travel at a very reasonable cost. They can be flagged down 24 hours a day on most roads, with well-marked taxi stands available outside most major shopping centers and hotels. At Singapore Changi Airport, the taxi stand is located just outside the Arrival Hall on Level 1 of Terminal 1, and at the end of the Arrival Hall on Level 1 of Terminal 2 (South Wing).

All taxis are metered, with fare starting from SGD 2.40. In addition to metered fares, there are applicable surcharges prominently displayed in taxis.

By Rental Cars
Chauffeur driven or self-drive rental cars are available from rental car agencies. 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 licence. Driving is on the left side of the road, and wearing a seat belt is the law.

Singapore Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time; 14 hours ahead of Central and 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.

Police: 999
Fire and Ambulance: 995
International Access Code: 106 for Malaysia (before the country code), 104 for other countries.
Singapore Country Code: 65
City Codes: City codes not required.

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