A gateway to Asia, a gleaming city-state, and a modern metropolis
Singapore is a cultural melting pot, garden city and a blend of old-world and new architecture. As a compact city, it is convenient to travel around the island. Hotels, restaurants, venues, shopping and sightseeing spots are conveniently clustered in various neighbourhoods, such Marina Bay, Orchard Road, Changi etc and are easily accessible via Singapore's safe and reliable public transportation system. Besides a vibrant dining, arts and entertainment scene, Singapore is home to countless key attractions and a wide range of accommodations to suit any budget.
Visit the official destination website for more information and insider tips on dining, shopping, sightseeing and living like a local in Singapore.
Changi Airport and most major hotels, shopping malls, train stations and fast-food outlets in Singapore offer wireless internet (some of which are complimentary). There will also be complimentary WiFi for ICRA delegates at the conference venue (subject to a data cap).
There are three telecommunications service providers in Singapore – SingTel, M1 and StarHub. All three offer prepaid cards which are sold at their retail shops and 7-Eleven or Cheers convenience stores.
Electrical outlets and voltage
Singapore uses a Type G plug (3 pins, 13A, 220 - 240V) mainly used in the UK, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia and Singapore. For more information, please refer to this page: www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets
Singapore is generally a safe country with low crime rates. ‘Low crime’, however, does not mean ‘no crime’, so please exercise prudence as always.
Useful phone numbers
- Police: 999 (for non-emergencies, call 1800 255 0000)
- Ambulance / Fire Brigade: 995 (for non-emergencies, call 1777)
Smoking is not permitted in most indoor locations in Singapore, as well as eateries, entertainment centres (including night spots), sports and recreation facilities, healthcare facilities and on modes of transport. However, certain premises have designated areas for smoking, typically demarcated with a yellow box.
Singapore has a 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Apply for your GST refund using the Electronic Tourist Refund self-help kiosks (eTRS kiosks) found at Changi Airport. Click here for eligibility criteria and details.
Singapore does not have a tipping culture and most hotels and restaurants already impose a 10% service charge. Even if you receive excellent service, a tip is not expected, but would be appreciated.