Travel in Singapore

Time:GMT +8.
Electricity:230 volts, 50Hz.
Language:Singapore’s official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil.
Health:Travellers from countries where there is an incidence of yellow fever need to have immunisation records on arrival in Singapore. There are good medical facilities in Singapore. Health care is excellent but also very expensive and medical insurance is advised.
Tipping:A 10% service charge is levied on customers’ bills.
Business:Business hours are generally 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday with an hour taken over lunch.
Communications:The international access code for Singapore is +65. The outgoing code is 001 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 44 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are not necessary. Public phones are good for local and international calls; they take credit cards or phonecards, which can be bought at newspaper kiosks and Telecom shops. Calls made from hotels are free of any surcharges. Several local mobile phone operators use GSM 900/1800 networks. Email and Internet access is available at Internet cafes throughout the city.
Duty Free:Travellers to Singapore over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 1 litre of wine, spirits and beer. Chewing gum and tobacco products must be declared on arrival. Strictly prohibited is the trafficking in illegal drugs, which carries the death sentence. Prohibited items include meat and meat products, and firearms and explosives without a permit.