Singapore is an island country located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, and is the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. Singapore is one of four remaining true city-states in the world. Prior to European settlement, it was the site of a Malay fishing village at the mouth of the Singapore River. In 1819 the British East India Company established a trading post on the island, which was used thereafter as a strategic trading post along the spice route. Singapore would become one of the most important commercial and military centres of the British Empire, and the hub of British power in Southeast Asia. The city was occupied by the Japanese during World War II, which Winston Churchill called “Britain’s greatest defeat”. Singapore reverted to British rule immediately postwar, in 1945. Eighteen years later the city, having achieved independence from Britain, merged with Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia. However, less than two years later it seceded from the federation and became an independent republic. Since independence, Singapore’s standard of living has been on the rise. Foreign direct investment and a state-led drive to industrialisation have created a modern economy focused on electronics manufacturing, petrochemicals, tourism and financial services. Singapore is the 8th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita. This location has been recognized and published by the “New York Times” as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2015.”
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGAPORE TOURS
A passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
A visa is not required for citizens of the U.S. and Canada for trips of up to 90 days. Citizens from other countries may require a valid visa. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Singapore for the most up-to-date visa information.
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INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SINGAPORE TOURS
Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGAPORE TOURS
No vaccinations are required to enter Singapore. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 8 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below. Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective.
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGAPORE TOURS
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN SINGAPORE
The climate in Singapore is tropical and generally very warm and humid. The average annual temperature is 31 degrees Celsius. The rainy seasons lasts from November to January, although there is still rain throughout the year. Rain comes in downpours but rarely lasts all day. When packing for Singapore, be prepared for very hot and wet weather.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
CLOTHING AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR SINGAPORE TRAVEL
Rain wear is essential for travel to Singapore. Be sure to pack lots of light, loose fabrics as the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius. As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN SINGAPORE
CURRENCY IN SINGAPORE
The national currency is the Singapore Dollar which comes in a number of coins and notes. Coins come in denominations of 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20 ¢, 50 ¢ and $1. Notes come in denominations of $1, $20, $25, $100. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
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