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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Singapore Travel Requirements

Tipping is not a way of life in Singapore. It is prohibited at the airport and discouraged in hotels and restaurants where there is a 10% service charge.

Banks and hotels can change money and most shopping complexes have a licensed money changer. Visitors are advised not to change money with an unlicensed operator.
Most banks open from 9.30am to 3pm on weekdays and 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturdays.

SBS and TIBS both operate regular and inexpensive services. Visitors can buy a Singapore Explorer ticket at S$5 for a one-day pass and S$12 for a three-day pass at leading hotels. Transitlink guides are also available at S$1.40 each at leading bookshops.
The Singapore Trolley bus service covers the Orchard Road and Marina City Shopping belts, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Singapore River and the World Trade Centre. Fares at S$9 for adults and S$7 for children. Tickets can be purchased on board the Trolley or at the hotel concierge.

Rental Cars
Cars can be rented by the day or the week. Rates vary from company to company. Some companies have chauffeur-driven cars which can be hired for a minimum of three hours. A valid International Driving Licence or a Driving Licence from the country of residence is required to operate a self-drive car. Consult your hotel's front desk for further information.

Passports and Visas
Passports are required by all visitors.

Visas are required only by the following:

(a) nationals of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (PR), CIS, India, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam and Yemen;

(b) those holding Palestinian Refugee Travel Documents;

(c) those holding Hong Kong Document of Identity cards;

(d) transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport (except nationals of the Russian Federation who can obtain a transit visa valid for a maximum of 36 hours provided they hold valid Russian passports and confirmed departure date from Singapore within 36 hours of arriving).

All other nationals require a Social Visit Pass, which is issued on arrival (at the discretion of the Immigration Officer) provided the traveller holds a passport valid for 6 months beyond date of departure, confirmed onward or return travel documentation, and sufficient funds to cover expenses for the duration of stay. The permitted length of stay varies depending on nationality.

Money Transfer
Most Singapore banks are equipped to wire funds. Try Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) (#02-13 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd., 735-5355) or Bank of America (#03-10 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd., 732-8919). Send the cash before 1pm for same-day transfers.

Foreign Missions/ Embassies
The majority of foreign missions observe normal working hours of 9am to 5pm, though it is not out of the ordinary to find some embassies working only in the morning or having shorter opening hours, especially with regards to visa applications. Almost all embassies are closed on Saturdays.



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