Know this essential information on Singapore
When to go
Singapore's climate should be influence the time of your trip. There are very little year-round variations in weather patterns. The Great Singapore Sale is on from late May to early June, for people looking for bargains and promotions. And those seeking some cultural activity should visit Singapore in June when all their art festivals take place. The Singapore food festival takes place in July, for those who are dedicated eaters.
Singapore has nice weather all year round. November to January are the wettest months, although the other months also receive rain. The only real downside of Singapore's weather is the lack of refreshing winds during March and September. You can generally expect temperatures of up to 31'C in the day and around 24'C at night.
Visas and Passports
Citizens of America, UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. Citizens of New Zealand and Ireland need a visa for any lengths of stay. All visitors require a passport to enter Singapore and to re-enter their own countries again.
Health and Safety
There are no particular health risks in Singapore, although you should only eat thoroughly cooked food unless you know the restaurant, and you should drink bottled water if you unsure about the water safety. Singapore is a very safe place to travel in, they have a very low crime rate. Although as with all other countries, you should be vigilant of petty theft and pickpockets.
Money and Currency
The Singapore Dollar (SGD) is the official currency of Singapore. ATM machine are widespread and most of them accept all major credit cards such as, American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club. Tipping is not expected in Singapore, but it is a growing matter. More expensive hotels and restaurants may impose a 10% service charge and a gratuity is not expected in excess of this.