Singapore Travel & Insurance Advice
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While traveling overseas it is often important to be aware of local sensibilities in your destination. As such, we have provided the following Singapore Travel Advice in order to help you better enjoy your stay in the country.
Please be advised that this list is by no means comprehensive and was created using the latest information available. Information contained on this page may be liable to change without prior warning. Please consult an expert prior to visiting Singapore to fully ensure that you are aware of the latest developments in the country.
Other than the Singapore Dollar, the US and Australian Dollars, Yen and British Pound are also accepted in most major shopping centres and big departmental stores.
It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers usually carry a sizeable selection. There have been very few cases of visitors falling ill and having to claim on their health insurance Singapore cover.
Singapore voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. On request, most hotels will provide transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage, such as 110-120 volts, 60 cycles per second. When shopping for electrical appliances, do remember to check the voltage of the item against the acceptable voltage in your home country. The power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped type.
Any individual found keeping, possessing, having under his control, discharging or letting off dangerous fireworks (including firecrackers, rocket fireworks, sandcrackers and such other fireworks) is liable to a fine not exceeding SGD 5,000 or imprisonment for up to two years or both. Fireworks bought in Singapore are usually manufactured illegally and can cause serious harm, especially to children. It is advised that you stay clear of fireworks if you do not want to claim for medical help on your health insurance Singapore cover.
Charity draws, Toto and Singapore Sweep lotteries, and on-course betting at the Singapore Turf Club on horse races are the only authorised forms of gambling in Singapore. All other gambling activities are illegal in Singapore.
Same-day laundry service is available in most hotels. Typically, it costs SGD 5 for a laundered shirt, SGD 10 for a dress and SGD 14 for a dry-cleaned suit. Independent dry-cleaners can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Singapore Phone Book.
Singapore's medical facilities are among the finest in the world, with well-qualified doctors and dental surgeons. The majority of medical facilities accept your international health insurance Singapore plan, and will often do direct billing to the insurers.
Pharmacies are located in most supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centres. Registered pharmacists generally work from 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs.
Most hotels have their own doctor on-call around the clock. Other doctors are listed under Medical Practitioners in the Yellow Pages of the Singapore Phone Book. For an ambulance, dial 995.
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