Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Singapore?
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted across Singapore, and you’ll be able
to pay by card in restaurants, cafés, and other large businesses. When paying by card,
it’s best to pay in local currency so you aren’t hit with unfavourable exchange rates.
If you’re visiting a local market or getting lunch at a hawker centre, it’s best to have
some travel money with you in case you can’t pay by card.
You can use our currency converter to check the exchange rates
and convert your GBP to SGD.
What are the typical prices in Singapore?
How much you spend on food, travel, and entertainment in Singapore will largely depend on where you are.
Generally, you can expect to pay:
- SGD12 for a basic meal
- SGD1.50 for a bottle of water
- SGD6.10 for a regular cappuccino
- SGD2 for a one-way ticket with local transport
If you’re visiting Singapore on a budget, it’s best to avoid hotels and restaurants in
the affluent area of Marina Bay. Instead, look for hotels in more affordable areas like
Bukit Panjang and Punggol. For food, take advantage of traditional cuisine in local
markets or explore one of Singapore’s many hawker centres. For more budgeting advice,
read our holiday planning tips.
Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Singapore dollar.
Can you use other currencies in Singapore?
Besides the Singapore dollar, you’ll also be able to use the Brunei dollar as legal tender.
Due to the Monetary Interchangeability Agreement, both SGD and BND can be used in Singapore
and Brunei. This is handy if you’re visiting both countries, since you’ll only need to take
one set of travel money.
If you’re arriving with any other currency, including British pounds (GBP) or US dollars (USD),
you’ll need to exchange it into either Singapore or Brunei dollars.
How difficult is it to get a visa for Singapore?
If you’re a UK citizen and you’re staying in Singapore for fewer than 90 days, you won’t
need a visa. However, you will need to complete an SG Arrival Card up to three days before
your arrival. You can fill this card out online, and you’ll need to enter your travel details
and health information.
If you want to earn some money in Singapore, you’ll need to apply for a work visa. The process
can vary depending on the type of work you want to do, and can take anywhere from 7 days to 6
weeks to complete.
You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.
Other passport holders should check the entry requirements with your country’s embassy.
Should you tip in Singapore?
Tipping isn’t customary in Singapore, so you don’t have to worry about looking for change
once you’ve finished a meal or taxi ride.
Most restaurants in Singapore will add a 10% service charge to your bill, and you won’t need
to pay anything extra.
If you do want to tip your waiting staff, anywhere between 5% and 10% is acceptable.
What languages are spoken in Singapore?
Singapore is a diverse country, and you can expect to hear many different languages.
Malay is the national language, but English is often used as a common language between
Singapore’s different ethnic groups.
Singapore has four official languages:
Many Singaporeans also speak Singlish, an English-based creole language with influences from
Malay, Tamil, and Chinese dialects.
What is the latest government travel advice for Singapore?
Singapore takes pride in its cleanliness and littering is strictly prohibited. If you’re
caught littering, you may get hit with a hefty fine or forced to take part in community service.
When visiting Singapore, be sure to dispose of your rubbish responsibly and respect local laws.
You can also visit the
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
for the latest government travel advice for Singapore.
What is the best time of year to visit Singapore?
Singapore has a tropical climate, meaning it’s hot and humid all year round.
If you visit at the start of the year, you can take part in Chinese New Year. One of Singapore’s
biggest festivals, the streets of Chinatown will become alive with colourful decorations, traditional
dances, and Lunar New Year snacks.
If plan to visit in the autumn, you’ll be able to take part in the Hindu festival of Diwali
(the Festival of Lights). Little India will be lit up with vibrant lights, and you’ll be able to
watch cultural performances and try Indian sweets.
Between July and September, Singapore’s air quality becomes significantly impacted by smoke
haze from forest fires in neighbouring countries. This haze can cause health problems.