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Welcome to Singapore

Singapore

Singapore
Continent: Asia
Capital: Singapore
Population: 5,535,000 (2013)
Dialing Code: +65
Currency: Singapore dollar
Time zone: SST (UTC+8)
Language: English, Tamil, Malay, Standard Mandarin.

Singapore is a global city situated in south East Asia. It is the world’s only Island city state. Singapore’s territory consists of a diamond shaped main island along with 52 other islets. Referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City or the Red Dot this dynamic city offers a mix of cultures, ideas and histories and a healthy dose of modernity that will leave the first time visitor surprised, confused and charmed all at once.

The upscale city has reinvented itself by melding together different cultures, cuisines and architectural styles. Radical and cutting edge tourist developments spring up every day and its reputation for cleanliness is known all over the world. This is shown in the country’s decision to ban Chewing gums. 

In recent years, the city has taken steps to establish itself as a major tourist destination. Significant investments have been made to ensure this such as the Marina Bay Sands, the three-towered skyscraper that now stands as Singapore’s centrepiece; Resorts World Sentosa, which is home to a Universal Studios theme park; and Gardens by the Bay, a remarkable project complete with “supertrees” and two colossal plant domes.Singapore also offers some of the best high end accommodation facilities available anywhere in the world.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

The nation’s oldest museum dating back to the 10th and 14th Centuries, the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, the Arts House and the Trick Eye Museum. Sopaholics will have lots of un shopping at the ION Orchard and food lovers will get a taste of the city at the Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre.


A visit to Marine Life Park, the world’s largest oceanarium is a must visit with more than 100, 000 marine animals swimming. How can we forget a stay at the Marina Bay sands for a highly relaxing and indulgent accommodation.


Other Attractions to see include: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Quayside Isle, Kampong glam, the indoor skydiving at IFly Singapore

Get unbelievable steals and deals at the Great Singapore Sale or feast your eyes on the cultural beauty that is the Chingay Parade. The Annual Grand Prix Season also holds in the city featuring high speed racing, concerts and star studded parties.
Visitors should also experience National day, the country’s independence remembrance and the Singapore Food Festival.

Business

Singapore has a highly developed market economy and doing business  is easy. English is the official language of business in Singapore. The Singaporean economy is known as one of the freest, most innovative, most competitive, most dynamic and most business-friendly. It attracts a huge amount of foreign investments due to its  location, skilled workforce, low tax rates, advanced infrastructure and zero-tolerance against corruption.


Corporate entertainment is also high on the agenda with long lunches or lavish buffets the preffered choice. Smoking is restricted in many public places.

Climate

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate and stays hot and humid for the better of the year with monsoon weather occurs from December to March and May to September. Thunderstorms are also a very regular phenomenon. The best time to visit is during the festival season. Be sure to pack light clothing and an umbrella.

Communications

Singapore is often as the most tech ready nation. Mobile telecommunications are available with the highest coverage rate all over the world.
Internet is provided by state owned SingTel and Starhub with speeds of up to 2 Gbit/s. Postal services are also available.

Customs

Culturally Singaporeans disapprove of drug use and alcohol consumption. Foreigners make up 42 percent of the population and have a strong influence on Singaporean culture. As a diverse country, it has many languages, religions and cultures for a country its size.At the national level in Singapore, meritocracy, where one is judged based on one's ability, is heavily emphasised.


One in five people here are Christians or atheist with others practicing Buddhism or Taoism and Hindusim. Handshaking is the formal way to greet but Muslims, and some Hindus, would not however normally shake hands with someone of the opposite sex.
Please remove your shoes when entering a temple or mosque. Jaywalking, littering and chewing gum are prohibited

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Singapore by travellers aged 18 years and older without incurring customs duty:
• 1L of spirits.
• 1L of wine.
• 1L of beer.
• Goods to the value of S$600 (if out of the country for more than 48 hours) or S$150 (if out of the country for less than 48 hours).
There is no duty-free allowance for cigarettes and tobacco products.
These allowances do not apply if arriving from Malaysia or if you've spent less than 48 hours out of Singapore. If you don't use your allowance of spirits, then you may import an additional 1L of either wine or beer without incurring customs duty. Alcohol is expensive in Singapore, so bringing in duty-free drinks within these limits is a popular way to save a little money. You can find further information on the Singapore Customs website

Banned imports:
Chewing gum, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes and other ‘imitation tobacco products’, cigarette lighters of revolver or pistol shape, controlled drugs or psychotrophic substances, firecrackers, endangered species of wildlife and their byproducts, all pornographic films and literature, reproduction of copyright material, and seditious or treasonous material. The penalties for possession of narcotics are severe and visitors not complying with drug regulations do so at the risk of death.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Singapore is 220V/240V, 50 Hz. If you have equipment that runs on a higher voltage, you should not connect it to Singaporean power unless you have the correct transformer (voltage adaptor). Singapore uses the British BS1363 three-pronged square pin type socket.

Getting Around

Singapore’s bus network is extensive and efficient. The Trischaws , a traditional form of the chauffeur paddled transport is a fun way to tour the city. Taxis are numerous and cheap although there can be a wait during peak times. A cable car runs to Sentosa from HarbourFront Tower two.  You can also take boat tours from several points along the river. 

Health

The health care system in Singapore is of very high quality . Citizens benefit from  universal healthcare funded by savings deducted from every payroll. On the other hand, cost of healthcare for tourists  can be very high It is therefore important to take out appropriate travel insurance, which should include repatriation to your home country in the event of an emergency

Language

The official languages are Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, which is used as the main language of communication.

Money

The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore Dollar SGD; symbol S$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of S$10, 000, 1, 000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 2.
Credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants although cheaper eateries are likely to accept cash only.

Passport Visa

To enter Singapore, a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure by the following countries: Australia, British, Canadian, USA.Visas for Singapore are not required by nationals referred to in the table above, if they are visiting for social/tourism reasons; instead a visit pass is issued on arrival and is usually valid for up to a month.If a transit visa is required, it will be issued on arrival and have a validity of 96 hours. This allows passengers to leave the airport; bus tours of the city are available for passengers with sufficient stopover time.

SINGAPORE VISA REQUIREMENTS.

1) International passport valid for 6 months,

2) One recent passport photograph, (passport photo specification is

*The picture must be 3.5cms x4.5cm and be borderless.

*You must be looking directly to the camera and your eyes wide open.

*The size of your face in the photo should be measure between 2.5cm to    3.5cm    

*From the top of your head to your chin and shoulder be in the center of the     photo.

*And the top of your shoulder must be visible in the photo

 

3) Clear photocopy of the passport bio- data page

4) Letter from your employer stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose of visit, arrival & departure dates if on a business trip, a copy of your certificate of corporation is required.

5) Letter of incorporation if you owns the company

6) 6 months Bank statement

7) Reference letter from the bank

8) Self letter of introduction (stating the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, Home address)

9) I.D card

Please note: We provide the following as part of our service:

 * Application form 

 * Hotel dummy booking

 * Flight dummy booking

Please note visa fee non refundable.

 

Safety

Singapore is one of the safest places to visit, but take the usual precautions. When you arrive in Singapore there are free information brochures available for the different sights & activities.

Time

The Singapore Standard Time (SST) or Waktu Piawai Singapura (WPS) is 8 hours ahead of GMT (UTC+08:00) and synchronized with Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Manila and Perth.

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