About SingaporeThe Republic of Singapore is a small island city-state in Southeast Asia and made up of the island of Singapore and 60 smaller islands. It has a favourable strategic location and is connected to Malaysia's southern tip by two causeways. Independent since 1965, Singapore is one of the world's most prosperous countries with a competitive economy and strong international trading ties.
The main island measures approximately 685.4 square kilometers.
Singapore lies close to the southern extremity of the Eurasian tectonic plate and the northeast extension of the Sumatra-Java oceanic trench.
Getting to Singapore
The Shangri-La Singapore Hotel is 25 minutes from Changi International Airport.
Changi Airport is situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Singapore City. As a hub for Southeast Asia, it handles many international connections, and is a key stopover for flights from Europe to Australasia.
Detailed information about the Changui Airport and how to get to the Shangri-la Hotel Singapore from there can be found at:
Visas & Letters of Invitation
Consular information for foreigners traveling to Singapore can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: http://www.mfa.gov.sg/internet/idx_foreignVisaFor.html
No visa required for citizens of EU countries, USA, Canada and Latin America. No visa required for citizens of most European countries, some exceptions are: Russia, Ukraine and Moldova.
To view a list of countries whose nationals require entry visas into Singapore, please visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website at: http://www.ica.gov.sg/travellers/entry/visa_requirements.asp
Please apply for your visa well in advance of your journey.
Conference participants requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference must fulfill the Letter of Invitation Request Form and send it to the Conference Registration Office
Please, note that Registration Office cannot prepare visa documents without receiving this form, completed in full, and without confirmation of advanced registration for the Conference (including confirmation of fee payment). Additionally, note that this procedure aims to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the conference and is not an official invitation covering fees or other expenses. A letter of invitation does not imply any financial support from the conference.
There are many taxis readily available. Taxis entering designated restricted zones will pass through Electronic Road Pricing gantry posts. Passengers are required to bear the Electronic Road Pricing amount indicated on the In-Vehicle Unit attached to the dashboard. There is an addition of 50% for rides from midnight to 6 am. Surcharges apply during peak hours, and for advance bookings.
The service is efficient and the prices are low. For most routes, buses run between 6 am to 12 midnight.
The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is the fastest way to get around Singapore and is relatively cheap.
One can hire a car and drive around the city, with a valid international driver's permit.
- Driving from the airport
The Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and the East Coast Parkway (ECP) connect the airport to the city. More information on driving from the airport can be found at: http://www.singapore-sin.com/maps.html
- Driving in Singapore
For detailed information about driving in Singapore, please refer to the following route planners:
- Driving outside Singapore
If you plan to go to Malaysia via the Causeway, it is only permitted if the petrol tank is three-quarters full. Coupons for parking spaces have to be bought beforehand from post offices or petrol stations.
Shangri-La Hotel Guest Shuttle
- Shoppers' Route: The bus travels from Shangri-La Hotel to Orchard Road with stops at Traders Hotel, Orchard MRT and Takashimaya. This daily service is available every hour between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Businessmen's Route: A daily service is provided (except on Saturday and Sunday) to the Central Business District with stops at Suntec City and along Shenton Way. The bus departs at 7.47am from the Tower Wing main entrance.
General information for your stay
In June 2005 the local time in Singapore is GMT+8.
For more detailed information, please visit: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=236
Singapore has a relatively uniform temperature throughout the year. The average temperature is 77oF to 89.6oF (25oC to 32oC) and 66% average daily relative humidity. Rain falls throughout the year with more rain from Nov to Jan. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.
See forecast for current information:
5-day weather forecast
The Weather Channel
Currency, Credit Cards and Exchange Rate
The currency unit in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (SGD or $).
1 SGD = 0,46 EUR (to facilitate calculation, 1 EUR approximately 2 SGD)
1 SGD = 0,617 USD (to facilitate calculation, 2 USD approximately 3 SGD)
There are some on-line currency converters available, please take a loot at:
Cash withdrawal machines (ATM), banks and exchange offices are available city-wide. Well-known credit cards (American Express, Mastercard, Visa) are accepted in hotels, most of the restaurants and shops.
There is a Government tax and Goods & Services Tax in hotels.
- Bank Hours: In general, banking hours are 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday and 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays
- Office Hours: Most offices are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.
- Shop Hours: Shops are generally open from 10 am to 9 pm from Monday through Saturday. Most are open on Sundays.
Electricity voltage is 220 - 240 volts in Singapore. Plug type is G, ie. it has three prongs (two flat and one rectangular) that form a triangle.
Other useful information
General tourist information about Singapore can be obtained from:
Official website of the Singapore Tourism Board:
Google Directory - Travel and Tourism in Singapore
Singapore Hotel Guide
Lightweight summer clothing is sufficient. A suit is suitable for business. Restaurants that are more formal may also require a jacket.
Usually, there is a 10% service charge added to the bill. If not, tipping is not usual nor encouraged in Singapore.
In general, the opening hours of most stores is 10:30 am to 9 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 10:30 am to 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Most shops welcome all major credit cards.
Shopping districts include the Colonial Singapore Area, Chinatown, Little India and Arab Street. However, the main shopping district is Orchard Road situated at the heart of the city, with major department stores and malls stretching up to 1.2 miles (2 kilometers).
Most of the information presented on this page was based on the three following web pages:
They are strongly recommended for foreigners who will visit Singapore and would like to obtain additional information about this country.