According to Ministry Foreign Affairs Singapore, all visitors to Singapore must meet the following entry requirements:
- Valid travel document (minimum validity of 6 months at the time of departure)
- Confirmed onward or return tickets (if applicable)
- Entry facilities, including visa to the next destination
- Sufficient funds to maintain themselves during their stay in Singapore
- Visa for entry into Singapore (if applicable)
- Yellow Fever Vaccination (if applicable)
For US and EU passport holders, make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your entry date into Singapore. You do not need a visa for tourist or business visits up to 90 days.
For British passport holders, you don’t need a visa for traveling to Singapore up to 30 days.
Indian passport holders can apply for a Singapore tourist visa that allows a stay for maximum period of 30 days with a validity of 2 years.
Check ivisa.com for more information regarding other countries and whether you need a visa to enter Singapore.
Singapore is arguably one of the safest countries in the world for solo travelers, especially for female solo travelers. The country is small, and has strict guidelines and laws. Locals are extremely friendly and everyone is multilingual (English, Mandarin, Singalese…etc.) Singapore is also very clean, making it a delight to explore on your own.
For emergency, dial 112 or 911 and your call will be directed to the 999 emergency hotline. For the police, call 1800 255 0000 or contact the Neighbourhood Police Center.
Singapore is tropical and winter practically doesn’t exist. The coldest month in January, temperature average at 79°F (26°C).
Weather-wise, Feb through April are the most pleasant months to visit since it’s between winter and summer. Rainy season comes between November through January. If you hate heat, then avoid going to Singapore from May through August.
Singapore time zone is UTC/GMT +8 hours, meaning that it’s exactly 12 hours ahead of NYC and 7 hours ahead of London (excluding daylight savings.)
Since Singapore is a multi-ethnic society, Singaporeans speak many languages, including: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Singlish (which is a mixture of English and Hokkien-Taiwanese.)
English is a widely spoken language since most people are educated mainly in English and it’s also considered their mother-tongue.
In public: It’s not a surprise that Singapore has strict laws to keep their country safe and clean. DO NOT LITTER, it’s illegal or you’ll be fined with S$1,000 (approximately USD $ 738.)
You won’t find chewing gum in Singapore, it’s banned from being sold since ten years ago due to chewing gum being stuck in train doors which caused a subway system shutdown. You can still bring it in the country, but make sure to throw them away properly.
Smoking isn’t allowed inside most buildings, and you can be fined with S$1,000 if you’re caught. But most restaurants and bars will have smoking areas on the patio.
In mosques or temples: You may be expected to take off your shoes, and be sure to dress conservatively by covering your shoulders and knees.
With locals: Singapore is made up of Chinese (76%), Malay (15%) and Indian (6%) so the racial and religious mixture is rich with Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus.
The Singapore dollar (SGD, of “sing-dollar”) is Singapore’s official unit of currency.
Tipping! Most restaurants add a 10% service fee, so tipping isn’t necessary. With hotel porters, it’s not expected but appreciated. SGD1-2 per bag is good, and taxi drivers do not expected a tip.
In Singapore the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Your converter should look like this:
You can drink tap water in Singapore, since the government maintains it at a very high standard without further filteration. The tap water quality is even higher than the World Health Organization’s drinking water guidelines.
Fortunately, Singapore government makes it easy for travelers to freely use Wi-Fi. Wireless@SG is a government initiative that provides Wi-Fi in public places, and there are hotspots all over the country. You can also connect to the internet password-free using the Wireless@SG app.
There isn’t Uber in Singapore, so download Grab app which functions the same as Uber. ‘
Taxis are prevalent throughout Singapore, since the fares are fixed by authority, the best part about no haggling or bartering prices. The starting price on the meter is around USD $3 – $3.70.
Although Singapore has strict laws against homosexuality, because it is such an international destination that it’s one of the best Asian cities for gay travelers. Excess PDA might not be the best idea, but most Singaporeans are open-minded people despite the law, and most gay travelers have found their experiences positive while traveling there.
Theoretically, homosexuals can be imprisoned for up to two years since same-sex sexual activity is illegal and same-sex relationships are not recognized by the law. Despite its strict laws, Singapore is oddly gay-friendly. Every August, there’s a Gay Pride Parade: IndigNation. Change is slowly happening with a recent law allowing gay men to serve in the army, and allowing gay men to adopt his child through surrogacy.