Visiting

Business hours

Most offices are on a five-day week with operating hours from 8.30am to 5.30/6.00pm Monday to Friday. However, there are some companies open between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 1.00pm on Saturday.

Banking hours vary depending on the retail bank and outlet. Some operate from 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, while others may open at 11.00am. It is also common for selected retail bank branches to open on Saturday and Sunday.

Most shops are open from 10.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Sundays, including public holidays.

Public holidays

The dates of the 11 gazetted public holidays for 2017 are as follows:

January 1 – New Year's Day*
January 28 – Chinese New Year
January 29 – Chinese New Year*
April 14 – Good Friday
May 1 – Labour Day
May 10 – Vesak Day
June 25 – Hari Raya Puasa*
August 9 – National Day
September 1 – Hari Raya Haji
October 18 – Deepavali
December 25 – Christmas Day

* The following Monday will be a public holiday.

Climate

Singapore's location near the equator gives it a remarkable stable climate. The island is warm and humid all year round, with only slight variations between the average maximum of 31°C and minimum of 23°C.

Rain falls throughout the year, with more consistent rain coming during the monsoon season from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.
For weather details in Singapore, please visit the Singapore National Environment Agency.

For weather details in Singapore, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency is Singapore dollars (SGD or S$) and cents. Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 10 000.

Coins come in denominations of five, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1.

Banks

Money changing services can be found at the Singapore Changi Airport and most of the shopping centres and hotels around the island. You can also access ATMs located everywhere (even in the most obscure places) in Singapore. These ATMs do accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Time zones and time differences

Singapore is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current times in Singapore, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Singapore's country code is 65.

For calls to Singapore from Australia dial: 0011 + 65 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Singapore to Australia dial: 001 or 019 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Singapore’s power supply is 220/240 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires. Multi-purpose travelling adaptors are the best option as there are a couple of standards.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Changi Airport
Getting around in Singapore
Singapore Tourist Promotion Board

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