Weather in Singapore
Singapore is generally sunny and humid the whole year through. The temperature ranges from 26 to 32 degree Celcius. It may be a little cooler around January but keeps you sweaty in June. Wear summer clothes, sandals and sunblock. Unless if you plan to stay indoors a lot. Buildings in Singapore are notorious for being refrigerator cold, except the greener ones where they turn the aircon down to save the environment.
May to October is rainy season. However, sudden rain is common even beyond these months, therefore it is best to keep a folded umbrella tucked away in your bag everywhere you go.
During dry season, haziness could occur due to fire in Sumatra forest.
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Visa Requirements for Singapore
Residents of most countries would not need a visa to visit Singapore. Generally, 30 day visit pass will be stamped on your passport upon arrival by air, but arrival by land and sea will only get you 14 days. Your passport must still be valid for more than six months.
You can visit this government site to find out more, including how to submit the visa application electronically, and whether you would need to have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate before you get on that flight: http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=96
Please be reminded that “all visitors on visit passes are not permitted to engage in any form of business, profession, occupation or paid employment while in Singapore”, and that “under the Singapore law, the penalty for the illegal importation of controlled drugs such as heroin or morphine is death“.
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Health in Singapore
Singapore takes its residents’ health seriously. Particularly after the latest biggest epidemic in the country, the SARS outbreak, happened in 2003.
Earlier this year, in 2012, there had been some health concerns regarding flu, Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD) which usually attack preschool children, as well as dengue fever in the suburbs. The National Environment Agency works very hard to fight and contain this.
For those visiting Singapore, you may want to stick the anti-mosquito patch on you or your clothes when you explore the Zoo, the Night Safari, or Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
For more information about the state of Singapore’s health, please visit this site: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/
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All major credit cards are accepted in majority of retailers in Singapore.
But if you pay by cash, once in a while you may find a cashier handing you your change with some Bruneian Dollar among them. It’s fine. BND is accepted in Singapore at the same value as Singapore Dollar.
Say you are visiting one of the casinos and bringing in S$30,000 or more in cash, you would need to fill out a form upon your arrival. Here is more information on it: http://www.spf.gov.sg/cbni/
If you need to have money sent to you while you are in Singapore, or you wish to send some money to someone outside of Singapore, you may want to use this service, available at any Singapore Post Office branch: http://www.westernunion.sg/en/
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Best Time to Visit Singapore
If you are the type of person who enjoys shopping and the hustle and bustle of a vibrant city, then Singapore will be your playground.
Personally I would consider travelling to Singapore either in June, during the Great Singapore Sale, or between Nov - Dec during the Christmas season. My favourite time of year is Christmas and quite literally the entire shopping district will be decorated and lighted up from the start of Orchard Road to City Hall.
Food is never a problem on this island, where it is commonly said the people of Singapore 'live to eat'. Several times a year there will be cultural celebrations of the various ethnic races and food plays a big role in these celebrations.
The weather is pretty stable all year round, a balmy 28 - 30 degrees. Can be a bit humid for some, and during the rainy season it rains almost like clock work every afternoon.
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Security in Singapore
Singapore is arguably one of the safest countries in the world to travel in. It is generally safe for anyone to go out late at night. Nevertheless, do not leave your valuables unattended, and it is always advisable to be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas.
If you bring bulky items into train stations, be prepared to have it checked. There are armed policemen patrolling the airport, train stations, bus interchanges, so do not be alarmed. For emergencies, call 999.
For travel advisory from Singapore Customs, please visit this site:
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What to Take to Singapore
Bear in mind that Singapore is generally hot and humid, with sudden showers. Therefore you would need to bring:
1. Summer clothes
4. Folded umbrella
5. Insect repellent
6. Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
There are plenty of free Singapore maps at the airport, so there’s no need to bring one from home. But do bring a universal travel power adapter, or borrow one from your hotel. Singapore uses the electric plug with three large flat prongs.
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