VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Singapore
If the period of stay in the country does not exceed 96 hours, a visa is not required. In this case, customs officers need to provide an air ticket to the next destination. If the stay exceeds 96 hours, you must apply for a visa. The following documents are required for registration:
– a passport valid for at least 6 months from the end of the trip;
– two photos 3 by 4 in size;
– A completed application form;
– original tickets with a fixed date.
The term for issuing a visa is 3 – 7 working days, the cost is about 35 US dollars. The consular fee is $15. A tourist visa is issued for no more than 2 weeks.
Confectionery and chocolate worth up to S$50, personal items (including cameras and radios), 1 liter of spirits, wine or beer, and 20 cigarettes are allowed duty-free. If the baggage weight exceeds 20 kg, then a fee is charged for each additional kilogram. There are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign currency. It is forbidden to import drugs, psychotropic drugs, firecrackers, lighters in the form of weapons, toys in the form of banknotes, pornographic literature and video cassettes, meat and meat products. Chewing gum and chewing tobacco must be presented to the customs authorities. Bringing drugs into Singapore carries the death penalty. For the removal from the country of weapons, explosives, animals, poisons, medicines, precious stones and jewelry (in quantities
Embassy in Singapore
Singapore, Embassy in Moscow
121099, Kamennaya Sloboda lane, 5
Phone: (499) 241-37-02, (499) 241-39-13, (499) 241-39-14, (499) 241-64-28
Fax: (499) 241-75-07 – consular service and tourism issues, (499) 241-7291 – administration and financial department
Singapore, embassy website: http://www.mfa.gov.sg/moscow-russian/
Singapore, Russian Embassy in the country:
51, Nassim Road, Singapore 1025
Phone: (8-10-65) 235-18-32, 235-18-34
Fax: (8-10-65) 733-47-80
Communication in Singapore
Singapore has a telephone connection with almost all countries of the world. The cheapest way to make calls is from pay phones, which can be found everywhere. They work both with coins of 10 cents (old-style phones), and with phone cards in denominations of 2, 10, 20, 50 dollars.
To call from Singapore to Russia, dial 005 – 7 – area code – phone number
To call from Russia to Singapore, dial 8 – 10 – 65 – phone number
Emergency Phones in Singapore
Ambulance and fire department – 995
Police – 999
Tourist information center – 330-04-31, 330-04-32
Taxi order – 250-07-00
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
Holidays and significant dates celebrated in Singapore reflect its multinational nature, diversity of religious denominations. The dates of many holidays change from year to year as they are based on the lunar calendar. Non-working days in Singapore are:
January 1 – New Year
January 23 – Chinese New Year
March 25 – Hari Raya Puasa (end of Muslim Ramadan)
Good Friday – Easter week
May 1 – Labor Day
May 6 – Wesak (a holiday in honor of the Buddha)
1 June – Hari Raya Haji (Holy day for Muslims, many go to Mecca on this day)
August 9 – National Day
November 13 – Divapali (Indian festival of lights)
December 25 – Christmas
In July, in Singapore, the largest restaurants of the island host a food festival, accompanied by carnival processions, all kinds of attractions and courses on how to make local dishes.
Unlike other Asian countries, queues are respected in Singapore, so whether you are waiting for a taxi or buying a souvenir, always get in line.
According to thembaprograms, shops are open from 10.00 to 21.00 on weekdays, on weekends – until 22.00. The best shops are located along Orchard Road.
Most goods and services are subject to a 3% tax (Goods and Services Tax / GST). Tourists are refunded the amount of tax for the value of purchased goods from 300 Singapore dollars. Stores that are part of the GST Tourist Refund system are labeled “Tax Free Shopping”. To receive a refund, customers must present their passport and receive a special, completed Tax Free Shopping receipt from the sellers or cashiers of the store. When leaving Singapore, tourists must present all goods with checks at customs and put stamps on checks and after that, in one of the two airport terminals, receive money at the Global Refund window.
In Singapore, tipping is not customary, especially at the airport and hotels. Restaurants often include a 10% service charge on the bill.
The national feature of the people of Singapore is the love of order. Here, smoking in closed public places, buses, elevators, cinemas, theaters, government offices, restaurants and shops is prohibited by law, for violation of which a fine of $ 1,000 is required. You can smoke in open restaurants, cafes, on the street and in other specially designated places. You must always cross the road at a pedestrian crossing, if there is no crossing, pedestrian bridge or underpass nearby, you can cross the road at a traffic light, the fine for crossing the road in the wrong place is $ 500. You can’t litter, spit on the sidewalk and on the road, Singaporeans try to keep their city in perfect cleanliness and do not tolerate any garbage, a fine of $ 500 is charged for this.
It is forbidden to eat and drink in unspecified places, chew and import chewing gum, a fine of $ 300. Riding in the front or back seat of a car or taxi without a seat belt is punishable by a fine of $120 per person.
Medical care in Singapore is considered one of the best in the world and is provided by highly qualified doctors. Most hotels have their own doctor, who can be called by phone at any time of the day. If you have health insurance, then in case of emergency outpatient and inpatient treatment, the costs are covered by the insurance company. When applying for a visa not through a travel agency, an insurance medical policy is required.
No special vaccinations are required to stay in Singapore.