Welcome to a world of immense possibilities, where people, technology and ideas converge to create great value for your business. This dynamic city rich in contrast and colour excites with its harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. Its geographical vantage point attracts global businesses and is seamlessly connected to almost every part of the world. An amalgamation of cultures, robust commerce, leisure and lifestyles, visitors will be enriched by the vibrant exchange of knowledge in this fertile business ecosystem. Brimming with unbridled energy, Singapore embodies the finest of both East and West with its strategic location, excellent facilities and fascinating cultures.
Weather It is generally warm and humid in Singapore throughout the year. Its equatorial climate has no distinct seasons and temperature is usually around 30°C/86°F during the day and 23°C/74°F in the evening. Humidity is around 60% in the afternoon but higher in the morning. Weather reports and forecasts can be found through National Environment Agency, but keep in mind that showers are usually sudden and heavy. Lightweight cotton or quick-dry clothing is recommended. A coat or sweater can be useful as some air-conditioned venues (and public transportation!) can be a little cold.
Time Zone The official time in Singapore is UTC/GMT +8 and there is no daylight time saving.
Power Voltage Electricity Singapore voltage is 220-240 volts AC. You can use power plugs with three square prongs here. On request, most hotels will provide transformers / adapters to guests.
Safe Drinking Water You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. Bottled and mineral water are readily available in supermarkets or convenience stores located readily around the island.
Language There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue (dialects) as well as English. Malay is the national language.
Currency The official currency in Singapore is in the Singapore Dollars. The common denomination of dollar notes is $2, $5, $10, $50 and $100 and coins that are currently in circulation are 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents and $1. Most major credit cards are widely accepted. Traveller's cheques may also be accepted at major hotels, banks and money changers.
Tax Refund Tourists can claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases if you spend more than $100 at any participating shops. For more information, visit www.yoursingapore.com.
No Smoking You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.