Quick Facts on Singapore Luggage Check List Useful Information Quick Facts on Singapore Quick Facts on Singapore Luggage Check List Useful Information Quick Facts on Singapore The Republic of Singapore is a Southeast Asian city state located at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles and gained independence on 9 August, 1965. In the short few decades since independence, Singapore has become one of the most liveable cities in the world. Singapore is home to 5.6 million people, of whom only 60% are Singapore citizens while the rest are permanent residents and foreign workers. Residents comprise of approximately 74% Chinese, 13% Malay, 9% Indian and 4% other races. Singapore is a multi-cultural and multi-racial country. Singapore has 4 official languages, namely Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. English is the medium of education and business. Tourism in Singapore Visitors who plan to travel in Singapore and the surrounding areas after official business may wish to visit the Your Singapore website, for more information. Visitors are responsible for fulfilling all visa requirements of the regional countries they intend to visit before leaving their home country. Some Quick Facts on Singapore Location: Southeast Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia Area: 721.5 sq km Weather: Warm 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 brief. Gross Domestic Product: S$491.2 billion (Statistics Singapore, 2018) Major industries: Electronics, petroleum and petrochemicals, bio-medical & life sciences, banking & financial services, logistics and transportation as well as tourism. Population: 5,638,700 (Statistics Singapore, 2018) 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. Median age: 40.8 years Life expectancy: 83.2 years Religions: Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity, Taoism, Catholicism Literacy: about 97.3% of the population. International country code: +65 Useful Numbers: Police - 999 Ambulance & Fire Brigade - 995 Flight Information - 1800 542 4422 Useful Links History of Singapore Your Singapore Singapore Tourism Board Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore Customs Statistics Singapore Government of Singapore Luggage Check List Passport and visa (if applicable) Light jacket or sweater Sandals or slippers Mosquito repellent Antiperspirant Medication Toiletries e.g. shampoo, soap, shower foam, toothbrush, toothpaste, washing detergent Sun gear e.g. sunglasses, sunblock, cap Swim wear Water bottle Light umbrella Mobile phone, battery and charger Travel adapter Hand-held luggage weighing scale Flash drive, to save training materials and presentation slides (if applicable) Laptop computer, to prepare presentation and/or review workshop exercises (if applicable) Singapore currency Baggage Allowance for Departure from Singapore Please note that for all Economy class air passengers, the check-in luggage allowance at the Singapore Changi Airport is 20-30 kg per person depending on the airline you are travelling with. Each passenger is also allowed no more than 1 piece of cabin baggage, which should not exceed 115 cm (L+B+H in total) in dimension and 7 kg in weight. Any charges for excess check-in baggage will be borne by the participant. Electricity The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) . The most common plug used with mobile equipment (e.g. laptop computers) is the British three-pin rectangular socket. Safe Drinking Water You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. You can also buy bottled water easily. No Smoking Areas 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. Useful Information for Visitors and Participants Airport Changi International Airport is Singapore’s main airport with four passenger terminals. Transportation to and from the city are easy. There are several ground transportation services available at the airport. Passport and Visa A passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry, and an entry visa for some nationals, is required for entry into Singapore. Lack of a valid visa may cause airlines to deny boarding at the port of embarkation as well as delays in clearance with immigration authorities upon arrival at the port of entry into Singapore. Click here for visa application procedures. Customs Formalities Click here for dutiable and taxable goods including list of prohibited and controlled items. Travel Insurance Visitors are strongly encouraged to obtain comprehensive travel insurance prior to travelling to Singapore. Hotel Accommodation See Tripadvisor for information on hotel accommodation. Click here Currency Major currencies can be exchanged for Singapore dollars at banks, hotels, and authorized money exchange counters wherever the sign ‘Licensed Money Changer’ is displayed. Most shopping malls have a licensed money changer. Visitors are advised not to change money with an unlicensed operator. Click here for latest exchange rates. Banks Operating hours vary from bank to bank. Generally, most banks open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays; and from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm on Saturdays. Some banks are open for extended hours including Sundays. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are also widely available all over Singapore. You may use your approved credit card to make cash withdrawals at any time. These ATMs are located in major shopping centres and within the vicinity of housing estates and other public places. Shopping Click here for your guide to shopping in Singapore. Goods and Services Tax (GST) There is a 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) payable on all purchases. As a visitor in Singapore, if you make any purchase of more than S$100 at participating shops, you may claim a refund on the GST paid on your purchases. To know whether a shop is participating in the Tourist Refund Scheme, look for a “Tax Free” shopping logo or sign displayed at the shop. You can also check with the retailer whether your purchases are eligible for GST refund. No Smoking Areas 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. Communication There are three major mobile telephone operators in Singapore: SingTel, StarHub, and M1. Prepaid SIM cards for voice and data can be purchased at post offices, convenience stores, and other authorized dealers in various denominations. You should bring along your passport for registration at the point of purchase. Transportation Trains (MRT) The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has a network of about 142 stations across the island and more to come. The MRT system is one of the most popular modes of transport in Singapore with a ridership of well over 2 million passengers a day. The train runs from early in the morning until midnight. You can buy the tickets at all stations. Buses Buses complement the rail system and bring commuters closer to their destinations. Taxis Taxis are available 24 hours a day, each taxi carries a maximum of four passengers. All taxis use a taximeter. There is a surcharge at night time and for driving through certain areas during rush-hour traffic. Click here for taxi fare information.