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Travel Tips to Singapore

Prior to Arrival

1. Customs Regulations and Laws

Visitors are allowed to bring in a litre of duty-free wine, beer or spirits. Tobacco products are prohibited, though the occasional pack of cigarettes is alright. Pirated recordings, dangerous-looking items, toy currency, obscene material etc. are too prohibited. Drug trafficking is strictly forbidden. Penalties involve hefty fines and jail terms, or even the death sentence.

2. Visas

All visitors must have passports valid for at least 3 months after arrival. Applications for visas can be made from the respective countries' high commisions. However, this may not be neccessary as citizens of most countries are granted 30-day visas on arrival by air or overland. Commonwealth citizens do not require visas.

During your Stay

1. Money Changers

Money Changers can be found all over the city. Your best bet will be at shopping centres, where such stalls are most commonly located. Banks change money too, though the rates are much better at the money changers.

2. Portable Water

Tap water in Singapore is well-filtered and face stringent quality controls. It is perfectly safe to drink straight from the tap.

3. Communication

Despite the various cultures and races in Singapore, English is widely understood and is the main language used for conducting business.

4. Electricity

Electricity supplies are very dependable, running at 220 to 240V AC and 50 Hz or cycles. Most hotels can provide transformers to step it down to 110 to 120 AC and 60 Hz.

5. Medical Issues

Singapore's medical facilities are amongst the finest in the region and the world. Pharmacies usually open from 9am to 6pm, as do general practitioners at neighbourhood clinics.

6. Customaries

Tipping is prohibited at the airport and discouraged at hotels and most restaurants as a 10% service charge is included in the bill. You should only tip when a 10% service charge has not been levied, though this is at the customer's discretion. Smoking is prohibited in air-conditioned indoor areas, public areas (bus shelters, pubs, public toilets, community centres etc.)

7. General Safety

Even though Singapore is largely crime-free, it is best to still avoid dark and secluded areas especially when travelling alone. The streets are perfectly safe, even for females at night. However, it is always better to take extra precautions. (stay on well-lit paths or travel in a small group) 

8. Taxes and Refunds

9. What to Wear

10. Internet Connection

Most hotels provide LAN and wireless access, though at a cost. Internet or cyber cafes around the island charge around S$1 to S$1.60 per hour. 

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