Visa requirements – all foreign visitors must ensure that they meet or possess the entry requirements stated by the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
All visitors to Singapore must have the following:
* Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. For more information on visa requirements and the Visa Free Transit Facility, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.
Delegates and companions who require entry visa are encouraged to speak with their local travel agent or to apply for their visas at least 30 days before the conference.
On arrival – Changi International Airport is Singapore’s state-of-the-art airport. It has recently been named best airport in the world for the 10th year in a row in the Skytrax World’s Top 100 Airports list.
It is a large airport, so you’ll want to use the Skytrain to get across the airport rather than walking. There are options for transferring from the airport to the Hilton Singapore hotel. A taxi will cost approximately S$ 30.00
Changi’s enormous new airport precinct, Jewel, opened on April 17. The development is accessible from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and includes Canopy Park, playgrounds, a maze, slides, gardens and walking trails, a 40-metre indoor waterfall, a 130-room hotel and 280 shops and restaurants.
Weather – Singapore is hot and humid all-year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.
Getting around – taking public transportation is easy in Singapore. The bus and metro systems are very reliable, clean, safe and run on time. The underground Metro system runs from 6.00am to midnight daily and has convenient stops at all the top destinations. You can purchase an EZ-Link card if you plan on using public transportation. A 1-day unlimited pass is S$10, a 2-day pass is S$16, or a 3-day pass is S$20.
Taxis are another convenient way to get around the city. They can be pricey but for groups of three or four, it makes sense to take the taxi since the cost of taking a train will be about the same. Walking is also a safe alternative, especially if you want to explore the street side stalls in Little India or stroll down Orchard Road.
Accessibility – Singapore caters well for the diverse needs of visitors, including the elderly, wheelchair users and visually or hearing-impaired tourists.
Safety – Singapore is one of the safest places in Asia for travellers but it’s still wise to exercise common sense. Petty crime such as pick pocketing does occur, so exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings and belongings, especially when in public places such as airports, hotel lobbies, tourist spots and shopping malls. It’s not a good idea to draw attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery and watches, and don’t carry all your cash with you.
Chewing gum isn’t allowed so don’t do it in public; and, if you smoke, remember to extinguish and dispose of used cigarette butts properly to avoid heavy fines and sanctions.
Currency – there are many ATM machines as well as a number of money exchange centres to arrange to get your currency changed into the Singapore dollar.
Tipping – is encouraged when you experience good service, and this would be above the standard 10% gratuity added to your bill by some restaurants and hotels.
Language – you will be able to speak English to Singaporeans, most of whom are fluent in it. Many Singaporeans also speak an additional language, usually Mandarin Chinese, Malay or Tamil.
Drinking water – Singapore passes World Health Organization standards, so water can be consumed straight from the tap.
Power plugs – the standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs.
No smoking areas – you are not allowed to smoke in any air-conditioned facility, such as malls and eateries. Designated smoking areas may be provided in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.