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Climate of Singapore

Just 137km above the Equator, Singapore is hot and humid year-round. The average temperature is 31°C at daytime and 24°C at night. Walking around at midday can be a real challenge, particularly between April and May when relative humidity is higher than 80%.

Like the rest of Southeast Asia, Singapore’s climate is largely influenced by two monsoon winds. The northeast monsoon (Nov-Mar) brings bursts of heavy rain and thunderstorms that sometimes last overnight. May and June are the hottest months, after which the southwest monsoon arrives, bringing with it a relatively dry climate. Best time to go: June to August (avg. 24-31° C).

November & December is the rainy season (rain is generally only for a short period) 
For those who enjoy the sun and the beach, Singapore is an ideal place for beach lovers, as you get the hot sun throughout the year. So when you're in Singapore, just bring along your cooling apparels and hats.

 

Currency

The Singapore dollar or Dollar (sign: $; code: SGD) is the official currency of Singapore. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively S$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents.
1 SGD = INR 44 (approximately) (as on 10 August 2012)
10 SGD = USD 8.05 (approximately) (as on 10 August 2012)

 

 

Clothing

Singapore weather remains hot and humid throughout the year so clothing, accordingly, should include light and comfortable outfits made from cotton or silk.

During the day, there shouldn't be a problem to hang around the city in shorts and T-shirts, or Polo shirts.  During the evening, however, many places will require a more formal dress code and while it may be acceptable to go to the Hawker-centres with short outfits, most restaurants and clubs (not to mention hotels) will expect you to wear something slightly more decent... Cotton trousers (or even a decent looking Jeans) and a blouse or an elegant Polo shirt, will probably do the job.  Women can wear a light summer dress.

A number of high class establishments might insist on a strict dress code, such as an evening dress for the ladies and jacket & tie for the gentlemen. Swim suits and bikinis are for beaches and swimming pools only.  It is neither common, nor is it accepted to walk around the hotel (not to mention the city streets), wearing a swim suit.

  • Casual dress is accepted for most situations as long as it is neat and clean.
  • Some restaurants and clubs may require a more formal dress; consider packing a dress and jacket just in case.
  • Men should pack a shirt, long trousers and jacket for smarter restaurants and clubs.
  • Jeans and T shirts are acceptable but our advice would be to take light weight clothes in natural fabrics; linen, silk and cotton will be more comfortable in the heat and will wash and dry quickly.
  • Hotels, restaurants and shopping malls are usually air conditioned and at times this can be pretty fierce so be sure to pack a shawl, pashmina or pullover.
  • There are literally thousands of shops along the many shopping malls, so make sure you have comfortable shoes.
  • Remember use your pashmina shawl to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites.
  • The wettest months are between November and January (the monsoon period), but rain is usual throughout the rest of the year too. Rainstorms are usually short but heavy, so take an umbrella whatever time you're travelling.
  • If you are on business regular business suits or dresses are acceptable and because of the heat it is acceptable not to wear a jacket.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Give General Information on Singapore?
Singapore is at the crossroads of Asia. It is a vibrant metropolis where close to 3 million Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians live and work side-by-side. This colourful mix of cultures, spiced with Western influences, creates a wonderful blend. The uniqueness of each culture is celebrated here in its own special way. No matter what their ethnic background, each citizen calls themselves a Singaporean. A traveller's first and last encounter with Singapore usually leaves a good impression. On arrival you are exposed to Singapore's clean, efficient, world-class atmosphere. Within ten minutes of landing one realizes that everything looks new. Yet, the true character of this city is somehow lost in massive shopping malls and high rises, world-record setting fountains, and numerous theme parks. This is the side that most people see: a shopper's paradise, a pleasant business trip, a 'safe' destination for first-time visitors to Asia.

In truth, Singapore is at its most remarkable in its little alleyways and colourful shops in Chinatown; its incense-filled temples and noisy street operas of Little India. The whole place is a colourful, living, breathing, hum of intriguing activity. Equally fascinating are the lavishly decorated Indian temples and the mosques and textile shops along Arab Street. The old colonial-style buildings in the heart of town impart a charm that the newer structures lack. Each historic district has its own story, its own magic to discover as one walks along their back streets. Another way to discover Singapore is to sample its many flavours. The Asian passion for food finds new expression here, with restaurants lining almost every street. The influx of foreigners, both tourists and the growing expatriate community, has brought even more international cuisines. New European, Middle Eastern, and even fusion cuisines are now being represented.

The hi-tech, user-friendly Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system makes getting around and doing business simple, safe and convenient.
Singapore has an astonishing mix of old ethnic areas, modern offices and shopping complexes. It has over 70 world-class hotels, 18 lush golf courses, and a host of tourist attractions. From classical symphonies to Chinese operas, jazz to ballet, rock to Hollywood's latest hits, Singapore offers unlimited entertainment. There is so much to do whether you are a sport enthusiast or interested in leisurely activities.

What is the weather in Singapore like?
Located just 1 degree north of the equator, Singapore enjoys a warm tropical weather that is relatively calm and consistent throughout the year. The average daily temperature is 26.7 oC. Relative humidity often exceeds 90 percent at night and in the early hours of the morning shortly before sunrise. Rainfall is most abundant during the Northeast Monsoon season from November to January. Much of the rain falls in sudden showers. February is usually the sunniest month while December is often the wettest. However, July and August are the hottest months when average temperatures are at their peak.

What is the currency of Singapore ?
The currency unit is the Singapore dollar (S$). Approximately S$1.50 = US$1
Notes are in denominations of: $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 and $10,000. Brunei notes are interchangeable with Singapore notes and are quite common.
Coins are in denominations of: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 cents.

What should be the dress code of a person travelling to Singapore ?
Singapore's tropical weather makes light summer clothing (preferably of natural fabrics) most practical, especially for outdoor activities like sightseeing. Most restaurants and nightspots are not restrictive on the dress code, polo shirts, t-shirts, jeans, slacks, blouses and skirts, sun dresses and sneakers are acceptable at most places. Although some establishments require formal wear for the evening, suits and evening dresses will never be out of place in Singapore's trendy nightspots. It is always advisable to ring up beforehand to check on dress regulations, if any.

General Do’s & Don’ts in Singapore are ?
Singapore is a very clean, safe and efficient city due to the strictly enforced laws.
Smoking in public buses, taxis, lifts, theatres, cinemas, government offices and air-conditioned restaurants and shopping centres is against the law. First offenders may be fined up to a maximum of S$1,000. While it is an offence to smoke in air-conditioned eating places, smoking is not prohibited in air-conditioned pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots.

Singapore's clean and green image is the result of more than two decades of public education campaigns and strict laws against littering. Littering of any kind is subject to up to a S$1,000 fine for first offenders, and, for repeat offenders, up to S$2,000 coupled with a stint of corrective work order cleaning a public place. As an extension of the law against littering, the import, sale and possession of chewing gum is prohibited. Spitting is also punishable by law in Singapore. So beware the next time you wish to clear your throat.

Failure to flush the toilet after use can result in a $150 (S$75) fine but then, chances of getting caught are pretty slim. However, urinating in elevators can cause the doors of some to permanently close until the police squad arrives! It's also wise to take your own toilet paper as it's not always available in many public toilets.
Singapore carries a mandatory death penalty for drug-trafficking and harsh penalties for possession and use within the country.
It is common courtesy to ask permission to take pictures of people, mosques or temples. When entering a Singaporean's house, temple or mosque, remember to take off your shoes. Do not eat or offer anything with your left hand when with Muslims and don't use your left hand when shaking hands with a Muslim.
Business cards are exchanged at the beginning of a meeting. Remember to give and receive the card with both hands. It is polite to look the card over and hold it while speaking.
It is proper to address someone using the title of Mr., Mrs. or Miss. Do not use first names unless you are invited to.

What about health care in Singapore ?
The Public Health board strictly enforces high-standards of cleanliness and hygiene throughout all restaurants and street stalls. Singapore water is clean and safe to drink from the tap and need not be boiled. Singapore's medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with well-qualified doctors and dentists, many trained overseas. Pharmaceuticals are available from numerous outlets including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists work from 9am to 6pm, with some shops open until 10pm.

What Languages are spoken in Singapore?
Singapore has four national languages: Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. English remains the language of choice for business and politics.

What’s the scene at Singapore for Customs?
Duty-Free Items: Personal effects and food preparations not exceeding $50 in value. Visitors over 18 and not coming from Malaysia are allowed to bring in duty-free 1 litre of spirits, 1 litre of wine and 1 litre of beer, also 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco. There is no export duty. Export permits are required for firearms, ammunition, explosives, animals, gold in form, platinum, precious stones and jewellery (except reasonable personal effects), poisons and drugs. Any goods in excess of reasonable personal effects should be declared at exit points and an Outward Declaration form prepared, if need be. For inquiries, call the Airport Customs Department.

Some tips for Physically Challenged people travelling to Singapore?
Generally Singapore caters to the physically-challenged and many places have ramps and doors wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. For wheelchair rental in and around Singapore telephone 65+(0)5431118 for more information.

Sentosa Island is accessible to all and the physically-disabled are catered for. Simply contact the Sentosa Customer Service Department on 65+(0)2791720 and they will assist you by making prior arrangements. For those with mobility difficulties, travel by ferry is recommended as it is the most accessible and convenient way to Sentosa. Attendant service is available for those who need help.

Visas for Singapore?
A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond date of departure is required by all who enter Singapore. The majority of passport holders do not require a visa if planning to stay no more than 14 days. Most tourists will be given a 14-day Social Visit Pass upon arrival.

Visitors on a Social Visit Pass are not permitted to work in Singapore. For stays over 3 months, applications must be made for a Long Term Social Visit Pass, for which a local sponsor is required. The maximum extension is 90 days per 12 months. To acquire an extension, the immigration authorities in Singapore should be contacted. The price of the extension is subject to the immigration officer's discretion.

Please check with your nearest Singapore Embassy or Singapore Tourist Promotion Board office before departure to determine all visa requirements.

 

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