Travel Essentials

Visa and Entry Requirements

To facilitate your entry into Singapore, please ensure that you have:

  1. Valid passport with minimum 6 months validity at the time of departure
  2. Visa for entry into Singapore (if applicable).
    Please click here for list of countries requiring a visa. You are required to obtain the necessary visa before departing for Singapore if there is a Singapore Overseas Mission located in your country.
  3. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (if applicable). More information is available here.
  4. Personal travel/medical insurance to cover yourself for the training period in Singapore.
  5. Confirmed flight booking for your return journey.
visa application

Getting Around Singapore

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To facilitate your entry into Singapore, please ensure that you have:

  1. Valid passport with minimum 6 months validity at the time of departure
  2. Visa for entry into Singapore (if applicable). Please click here for list of countries requiring a visa. You are required to obtain the necessary visa before departing for Singapore if there is a Singapore Overseas Mission located in your country.
  3. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (if applicable). More information is available here.
  4. Personal travel/medical insurance to cover yourself for the training period in Singapore.
  5. Confirmed flight booking for your return journey.

Modes of Transportation

Singapore is well connected by MRT, buses and taxis. MRT route map can be downloaded from http://www.smrt.com.sg. To complement the MRT system, the public buses bring you to many places island-wide. Taxis offer point-to-point transfers if you need to get to your destination swiftly. You can use the smartphone apps like Grab and ComfortCityCab to book taxis and private cars.

Modes of Payment

Cash or “ez-link” card may be used for payment of public transport (MRT and bus). “Ez-link” cards can be purchased from MRT stations, bus interchanges, 7-Eleven stores and SingPost outlets. You may visit http://www.ezlink.com.sg for more information. Taxi fare may be paid by cash, Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS) and most credit cards.

Arrival Passenger Guide

Singapore Changi Airport is easily accessible via various modes of transport.Visit http://www.changiairport.com/getting-around/to-and-from-the-airport for more information.

Singapore is a clean city with safe drinking tap water and strict government control of all food outlets. Yellow fever vaccinations are not necessary unless arriving from infected areas.

Tobacco is heavily taxed, and you are not allowed to bring more than one opened pack of cigarettes into the country. Many public places have restrictions on smoking, and it is prohibited in public transport as well. There is a total ban on smoking in all air – conditioned places, and strict limitations on where you can smoke outside as well. The Designated zone should be marked with a yellow outline, and may have a sign reading "Smoking Zone".

The nearest clinic to SAA is :

Raffles Medical Group

Singapore Changi Airport,
Terminal 3 #B2-01
Singapore 819663
Tel: (65) 6241 8818
Open 24 hours

The nearest hospital to SAA is:

Changi General Hospital

2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889
Tel: (65) 6788 8833
Open 24 hours

Emergency Hotlines

Fire, Ambulance: 995
Police: 999
Police Hotline (non-emergency): 1800-255-0000
Ministry of Health Hotline: 1800-333-9999

Currency

Singapore uses the Singapore dollar (symbol: $), code SGD.

Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 2 Singapore dollars. Singapore dollar is subdivided into 100 Cent. Coins come in denominations of 1 Singapore dollar and 50, 20, 10 and 5 Cents. US Dollars, Australian Dollars, Brunei Dollars, Yen, British Pounds and Euros are accepted at sizable departmental stores.

Money Changing Services

Money changing services are available at Singapore Changi Airport, most shopping malls and hotels. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are conveniently located at the Changi Village, across the road from the Singapore Aviation Academy.

Banking Services

Most commercial banks operate from 0830 to 1630 hours from Mondays to Fridays, and 0830 to 1300 hours on Saturdays.

Daily Expenses

You are advised to prepare at least S$30 per day for meals and transportation. On training days, lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea breaks are provided.

Time

Singapore is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8). You may visit https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/singapore/singapore for more information.

Electricity

Singapore’s standard electricity supply is 230V/50Hz and a Type-G plug is used for wall sockets.

Telecommunication

Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65).

Prepaid SIM card

If you wish to continue making calls and sending messages on your mobile phone, a good option will be to purchase a Singapore prepaid SIM card. All three local telcos - M1, Singtel and Starhub - offer a wide variety of packages to suit your needs.

Prepaid SIM cards are easily purchased at the telcos’ retail counters and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Cheers through the island, as well as at Singapore Changi Airport at Changi Recommends, You will have to produce your passport for registration when purchasing a prepaid SIM card.

Free Public Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi hotspots are also widely available at various public areas in Singapore. Here are some options:

Wireless@SG

This is a free public Wi-Fi service across Singapore, with hotspots available at many locations. An updated list of hotspot coverage is available here. You can also look out for the Wireless@SG decal on display wherever this network is available, as well as the SSID Wireless@SG on your device.

To get connected, register for an account with your mobile number at any Wireless@SG hotspot and you will receive your login details via an SMS message. Overseas charges may apply.

Shopping Malls

Free Wi-Fi service is offered and available for login at some shopping malls, restaurants and cafes in Singapore. This service is usually displayed prominently for customers but do feel free to enquire directly or at the malls’ information counters for Wi-Fi access.

Complimentary Wi-Fi, Wireless@SAA is also available in SAA.

Tipping

Tipping is the exception rather than the rule in Singapore. When dining at cafes and restaurants, a service charge of 10% is usually added automatically.

Tax Refund

A 7 percent goods and services tax (GST) is usually added for purchases of goods and services.

As a visitor, you can have the GST refunded on goods purchased through the Global Refund Tax Free Shopping scheme. To qualify, you must spend at least S$100 in a single receipt from stores which participate in the Global Refund Tax Free Shopping or the Premier Tax Free schemes.

Note: Refunds are only given for visitors who depart Singapore by air. Designated stores will display a Tax Free Shopping sticker. The goods purchased must be for export only. The refund may be made either by cash, cheque or through your credit card. Claim forms and the correct procedure on how to make a claim can be obtained at all participating retailers.

Please visit http://www.changiairport.com/passenger-guide/departure/gst-refund for more information.