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Singapore is the smallest country in Asia, but you’ll never know that when visiting this awesome city. This city will knock you off your feet, whether it is the famous sights, the food or the nature you’re visiting Singapore for.

Good to know

Capital: Singapore
Language: Malaysian, English, Mandarin and Tamil
Currency: Singapore dollar (S$)
Dial code: 0065 / +65
Emergency number: Police: 999・Ambulance: 995・Ambulance (not urgent): 1777・Fire brigade: 995
Highest point: 162 m (Bukit Timah Hill)
Travel advice: Check out the current travel advice for Singapore

Visa exemption

If you want to stay in Singapore for 90 days or less, you do not need a visa (unless you are from one of these countries). You are however obligated to carry a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months when you leave Thailand, with at least one empty visa page. Officially you must also be able to present a return ticket or a ticket to your next destination, but this is not often checked.

For more information, you can contact the Singapore embassy or consulate in your country.

If you have visited (or transferred in) a so-called high-risk country for yellow fever, you’ll need a vaccine for it. Depending on where you are going and what you are going to do, you can get a vaccine for tetanus, hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese encephalitis, TB and/or yellow fever. There are plenty of mosquitoes around, they can transmit other diseases for which there are no vaccinations or medicines. So where you can, make sure to protect yourself against them. Check out the recommendations.


Singapore isn’t known as a budget destination, and for good reasons. But it isn’t as bad as you might expect. Of course, the daily costs are higher than in let’s say Malaysia or Indonesia, but in Singapore, you CAN be in control of your own budget. You could easily book a hotel that will cost you hundreds of dollars a night (like the famous Marina Bay Sands), but if you look beyond that, there actually are plenty of hostels where you can stay for twenty to thirty dollars a night. Besides a place to sleep, it’s mainly the popular sights that will empty your wallet quicker than you would probably like. If you visit famous attractions like Gardens by the Bay or the Art Science Museum, you’ll spend a lot more money each day. Eating in Singapore can go either way as well. You can eat on the street and pay just a few bucks for an absolutely delicious meal. Restaurants are often more expensive. Basically, a getaway to Singapore can be as expensive as you want it to be. These daily budgets will give you a very basic idea of the costs:

Budget€40,- a day
Standard€65,- a day

The budgets mentioned above, are per person per day. In the ‘Budget’ category you stay in simple hostels, you will have to eat street food most days and do cheaper (or less) activities. With the ‘Standard’ category you’ll have a private room (which might be in a hostel) and you can go out for dinner (in a simple restaurant) sometimes.

The best time to travel

You can pretty much visit Singapore year round, but the best months are from February till October. The temperatures nearly always reach above 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity is killing. There is a rainy season (November till January), but that doesn’t mean that it won’t rain during the other months. Actually, it rains about 15 – 20 days a month on average. So you will need an umbrella when you’re visiting Singapore. It will almost never rain a whole day, so if it rains just hide out in one of the many malls (or food stalls!) and continue on your way once it clears up again.

June and July are the driest months (on average), but the temperatures are the highest during these months as well (although they rarely go above 35 degrees Celsius). An added bonus of these months is that there are less Asian tourists visiting.

A few facts

Singapore has a lot of rules! You’ll get a super high fine for littering or feeding pigeons. But all those rules also make the country very clean and very well organized. Very different from other Asian cities.

Singapore is more than just the city. Even though there’s a lot of green in the touristy area of town, there are plenty of places outside of the city center that are worth a visit. Like the island Pulau Ubin, where you can rent bicycles and explore this green island. Do bring mosquito repellant though…
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