Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Singapore. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

[65] 6476-9100; US Embassy Singapore, 27 Napier Road, Singapore 258508;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 995; Fire: 995; Police: 999


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Singapore: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID-19, and influenza.


Tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons - northeastern monsoon (December to March) and southwestern monsoon (June to September); inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms

Currency (Code)

Singapore dollars (SGD)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): G

Plug Type G

Major Languages

English, Mandarin, other Chinese dialects, Malay, Tamil

Major Religions

Buddhist 31.1%, Christian 18.9%, Muslim 15.6%, Taoist 8.8%, Hindu 5%

Time Difference

UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water


International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Marina Bay Sands; Gardens by the Bay; Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore Zoo; Orchard Road; Singapore Flyer; Jurong Bird Park; Raffles Hotel; Tooth Relic Temple; National Orchid Gardens

Major Sports

Soccer, badminton, rugby, cricket, swimming, basketball

Cultural Practices

Spitting or littering in public is both frowned upon and illegal. It is common for Singaporeans to reserve their seats in a public setting by placing a packet of tissues or their umbrella on the seat. Punctuality is common and expected.

Tipping Guidelines

Despite restaurants including a service charge, it is standard to tip 10%. Hand wait staff cash directly while thanking them for their service. Round up taxi fares. Tip bellhops 1-2 Singapore dollars per bag.


Merlion-themed figurines, gold-plated orchid jewelry, Tiger Balm ointment, Peranakan Kebaya sarong garments, five-stones games, dolls in traditional costumes, handmade quilts, silk paintings, liquor, candy and teas

Traditional Cuisine

Hainanese Chicken Rice — boiled chicken tossed in chili-ginger-garlic-soy sauce on high heat and served with rice boiled in coconut milk

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Thursday, May 09, 2024