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Currency

The Singapore dollar is used here and notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and S$10,000. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1.

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Tax Refund

Tourists can claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases if you spend more than $100 at any participating shops. 

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Consumer Advisory

For a pleasant shopping experience, compare prices, enquire about refund policies and check the invoice as well as the warranty of the product before making a purchase.

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Wi-Fi & Connectivity

Visitors can register for a free public Wi-Fi account with their foreign mobile numbers at any [email protected] hotspot. Overseas charges may apply. 

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Language

You will be able to speak English to Singaporeans, most of whom are fluent in it. Many Singaporeans also speak an additional language, usually Mandarin Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

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Weather

Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.

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Power Plug

The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and you can use power plugs with three square prongs here.

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Tipping

Tipping is encouraged when you experience good service, and this would be above the standard 10 percent gratuity to your bill added by some restaurants and hotels.

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No Smoking Areas

You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.

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Safe Drinking Water

You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. You can also buy bottled water easily.

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Useful Numbers

Police
999

Ambulance & Fire Brigade
995

Flight Information
1800 542 4422

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Accessibility

Singapore caters to diverse tourist needs such as the elderly, wheelchair users and the visually or hearing-impaired tourists.

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