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General Info about Singapore

Climate
Temperatures in Singapore are fairly constant throughout the year. As the city-state is so close to the equator be prepared for really hot and humid conditions. It also has a steady annual rainfall with November, December and January being the wettest months and July is probably the driest.

Visas
Most Western nationalities do not require a visa. You will be issued with a fourteen day permit upon arrival and usually it is no problem to get one for a month if required.

Time Zone
Singapore is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Singapore does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Currency
The Currency of Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (S$) and one dollar is divided into one hundred cents.

Tourist Information
The Singapore Tourism Board has its head office at 1 Orchard Spring Rd, Off Cuscaden Rd in the Orchard Rd Area (phone 1800 738 3778). Another is located at 02-34 Raffles Hotel Arcade on North Bridge Road in the Colonial District (phone 1800 334 1335).

Post Office
The central post office is on Fullerton Road and is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and until 2pm on a Saturday.

Tipping
Tipping is not customary in larger establishments, but exceptional service should be rewarded. Most expensive restaurants and hotels have a 10% service charge in which circumstances there is no need to tip. No tips are paid to taxicab drivers.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel to a country as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In Singapore they take place on January 1st, 24th and 25th, March 6th, Good Friday, May 1st and 7th, August 9th, November 14th, December 21st and 25th. It is a good idea to check the particular area too as certain towns and cities also shut down during special events.

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