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Singapore at a glance

International dialing code
65
Good to know
Modern Singapore is a fairly young country, if you don’t count the hundreds of years of Singaporean civilization and foreign colonialization which preceded the Republic. Diversity is the simplest and truest hallmark of the country. When exploring, you may find yourself weaving through Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian quarters. Each area is intertwined, and there is little segregation. In Chinatown, one place that isn’t to be missed is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. In the morning hours you can grab some Hainainese chicken rice (Chinese influence). For lunch, some Nasi goring (Malay fried rice), and for dinner some Char Kway Teow sweet noodles (multicultural influence). The vast urbanization of the land since its boom in economic growth has led to many of the natural landscapes to diminish. Nonetheless, Singapore holds some striking sights as locals have great taste. Even upon arriving you can witness true art at the Changi Airport with the Jewel, a huge complex of stores, gardens and the world’s largest and tallest indoor waterfall. At the Singapore Botanic Gardens you’ll be able to find all of the country’s native biodiversity, including rooms filled with stunning orchids. These gardens are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Time zone
GMT+8
Spoken language
Malay, Tamil, English and Mandarin Chinese
Cost to avg. transport ticket
USD20

Your questions, our answers

The most commonly accepted credit cards in Singapore are Visa, MasterCard and UnionPay. Restaurants, supermarkets and malls often require a S$20 minimum purchase in order to use a credit card. It's also not uncommon for taxi drivers to charge a 10% fee for credit card payments.

The standard voltage in Singapore is 230V. There is one plug type in Singapore: Type G.

It's recommended to have gotten the following vaccinations before visiting Singapore: Measles, Polio, measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Chickenpox, and your yearly flu shot. Additional vaccinations you should get are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever. There are some rules regarding Yellow Fever and Rabies vaccinations before a trip to Singapore, so we recommend double checking with the CDC or your doctor for more information.

These are the holidays celebrated in Singapore:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Christmas
  • Diwali
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Good Friday
  • Labor Day
  • National Day of Singapore
  • New Year's
  • Vesak