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Useful facts for your holiday to Singapore
Flight and Transfers
There are regular daily direct flights from London to Singapore Changi Airport, which take approximately 13 hours. If you’ve booked transfers with us you’ll be met on arrival by a Tropical Sky representative who will help you find your transfer vehicle.
British Citizens travelling to Singapore require a full British passport which should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Singapore. If you are intending to transit Singapore to neighbouring countries, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. You may be refused entry or turned away by airlines if your passport does not meet this requirement. You do not normally need visas to enter Singapore for up to 30 days stay for tourism, business discussions or social visits. Women who are 6 or more months pregnant no longer need to get permission to enter before travelling but the length of stay will permitted will be detrmined by the immigration officer on arrival.
Please check up to date visa requirements with the Foreign Office
There are four official languages: Malay, English, Mandarin Chinese and Tamil. English is the effective lingua franca; everyone is able to moderately understand and speak it. You may also hear the local patois, Singlish, which combines English with sentence structure and words from the other official languages.
Singapore’s public transport system is extensive and well run. The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) railway is one of the best ways to get around – it’s quick, easy and cheap. Buses are a more scenic option, although the system for paying is a little more complicated and journeys take a little longer. Taxis are reasonably priced but a little scarce and trishaw three-wheel bicycle taxis are an expensive but novel way of seeing the city while you get from place to place. In the city centre, cycling and walking are completely reasonable options.
The Singapore Dollar is the official currency.
230V/50Hz standard British plug
Vaccinations and Health
Check with your GP or specialist travel clinic before travelling for information regarding health. It gets very hot and humid in Singapore, so be sure to drink a lot of water.