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Practical information about Singapore

Practical information about Singapore

Practical information about Singapore

1. Climate in Singapore

Located on the equator, Singapore has a tropical climate with hot temperatures and high humidity year round. Rain can be expected more or less all year round, so there is no rainy season as such, but two monsoon seasons instead.

The first monsoon season is from November to March and comes from the north-east, while the second monsoon season is from June to September and comes from the south-west. Particularly during the south-west monsoon, there may be early morning thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds. In both seasons, the rain starts in the morning and tails off during the afternoon.

You should also be aware that Singapore is susceptible to tropical cyclones from June to December.

The dry season, or its equivalent, is from June to August, with June usually being the driest month. During this period, you will find that the humidity is not nearly as high due to less rain, and there will also be more hours of sunshine and fewer clouds in the sky. This is also true of the spring months – especially in February.

However, despite the country’s humid climate and large amounts of rainfall, there are just as many hours of sunshine as rain, and both the air and water temperatures remain stable all year round.

Weather statistics for Singapore:
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 30 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 30 29
Average minimum temperature 23 24 24 24 25 24 24 24 24 24 24 23
Rainfall mm 243 160 186 179 171 162 159 175 169 194 257 287
Average sea temperature 28 28 29 30 30 30 30 29 29 29 29 29
2. When should you travel to Singapore?

You can visit Singapore all year round, but the best time is in the spring and during the early summer months. This is when you will enjoy most hours of sunshine, relatively little rain, and it is not unheard of to feel a relatively cool breeze. During this period, there are also fewer rainy days, so the humidity is also lower. However, it is always a good idea to bring an umbrella with you, so that you are prepared for sudden and heavy showers.

3. Travel terms and conditions

Please read our general travel terms and conditions carefully, as these are part of the agreement terms for tours purchased at Asiatours.co.uk. Tours purchased from us are covered under the “Package Travel Act”.

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4. Help with taking out travel insurance

Under the insurance tab on our website, you will find all the information you need.

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5. Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules regarding travel vaccinations here.

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another country where yellow fever is present.

Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. So be sure to bring your vaccination certificate with you in these cases.

6. Visas/Passports

Singapore is visa-free for British nationals for up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the length of your stay.

You can also read more about Singapore’s visa rules on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s website.

7. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you the itinerary as soon as the flight is booked. This is what your exact itinerary will look like. If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

We use electronic tickets, which you have to print out yourself. Once the tickets have been issued, we will send you an email with the booking number and the information you will need to print the tickets.

8. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on the plane when you check in. If you have specific requests, you can make a seat reservation on the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that most airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit card to hand when you get started. It varies when airlines open for seat reservations, but as a general rule, you can book seats from the time of booking up to 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer to upgrade to seats with extra legroom and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can read more about this and upgrade via the airline’s website for a fee.

We also point out that the airline has complete control over all seats on the plane and that they are therefore entitled to make changes to the reservation at any time.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will assign you a seat at check-in.

9. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, and our agreed guidelines on tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

10. Your baggage

We use many different airlines to Singapore, so it may vary how much and how many kg you can carry in both checked luggage and hand luggage. See your airline ticket for information or contact us if you have any questions.

You should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

It might also be chilly on the plane due to the air conditioning, so it’s a good idea to bring a sweater or wind cheater with you in your hand baggage.

11. Arrival in Singapore and transfers to and from the airport

Upon your arrival in Singapore, you will be picked up by our local representative, who will be holding up a sign with your name on it in the arrivals hall. Our representative will drive you to the hotel and back to the airport on your departure. You will be notified of the departure time of the return journey on your arrival.

12. Time difference

The time difference between the UK and Singapore varies according to whether it is summer or winter.

Singapore is 7 hours ahead of the UK when it’s summer here (BST), and 8 hours ahead when it’s winter (GMT).

13. Language

Singapore has four official languages: Chinese, English, Malaysian and Tamil. Malaysian is the national language, while English is an administrative and teaching language. Most residents can speak two or more languages.

14. Etiquette and culture

Experiencing differences in culture and etiquette is one of the joys of travelling and it is important to respect these differences.

Chewing gum is prohibited in Singapore and therefore must not be imported into the country. It is also prohibited to drop litter in the street, smoke in public places and jaywalk. Violation is punishable by a fine of up to 1,000 SGD.

15. Telephone and internet

The international country code for Singapore is +65 (or 0065). It can be expensive to call home from or receive calls, so check with your own mobile phone company regarding coverage and call/text message rates.

Wi-Fi is available at most hotels.

16. Electricity

In Singapore the standard voltage is 230 V, and 3-pin, Type G plugs are used. These plugs are the same as the ones we use in the UK, so you won’t need an adapter.

17. Food & drink

Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, so food from all over the world is served here. If you want to eat local dishes, you should visit one of the many Hawker centres and street food stalls, which serve a large selection of local dishes from Chinese, Malaysian or Indian cuisine.

18. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

19. Currency

The currency in Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD). At www.currencyconverter.co.uk you can check the exact rate from British Pound Sterling. We recommend that you bring some US dollars with you in cash, which you can exchange at an official bureau de change upon your arrival. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are commonplace, and there are cash machines (ATMs) all over the place. Credit cards can be used in hotels, shops and most restaurants, but not at small markets.

20. Price level

The price level in Singapore is higher than in the rest of Asia. Below, you will find rough prices for food and drinks in the local currency.

  • Local beer: 10 SGD
  • Imported beer: 11 SGD
  • Water: 1.5 SGD
  • Fizzy drinks: 2 SGD
  • Standard meal: 12 SGD
  • 3-course meal for 2: 60 SGD
21. Tipping

Tipping is virtually unheard of in Singapore, and in some places it is almost seen as an insult. Instead, there is typically a service charge on top of the bill at hotels and restaurants.

22. Safety

Singapore is generally a safe country to travel in. Crime against tourists is largely confined to pickpocketing. This can often be avoided by using common sense. Avoid displaying expensive jewellery and large amounts of cash, and never let your credit card out of your sight. Always follow the guide’s advice and you will be in no danger.

23. Travellers with impaired mobility

Please note that this tour is not generally suitable for people with impaired mobility. Please contact us for information about your options in relation to your specific needs.

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