SINGAPORE: GET INFORMED BEFORE YOU GO!

SINGAPORE: GET INFORMED BEFORE YOU GO!

Area

The area of ​​Singapore is 716 km².

Flight

11,000 km separate Singapore from France. A direct flight Paris-Singaporelasts approximately 13h (12h50 on the way and 13h20 on the return).
Singapore Airlines and Air France each provide ten flights a week in Boeing 777-300. There are also many flights with stopovers via Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or several European capitals or cities (Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt …).From 1 June 2009 to 29 October 2017, Singapore Airlines operated a daily round-trip flight from Paris to Singapore on the A380 . Since then, Singapore Airlines has renounced the A380 from Paris. Air France provides ten flights a week in Boeing 777-300.

Compared to France, it takes 7 hours more in winter and 6 hours more in summer.

Population

Singapore has nearly 5,400,000 inhabitants.

airports

Changi International Airport is one of the most modern and comfortable airports in the world. He won the 2010 title of the best airport in the world, but also the best airport in Asia and the best recreational facilities at the annual Skytrax World Airport Awards ceremony. It offers a variety of shops, a fitness center, a supermarket, a clinic, a business center and a hotel. “Changi” is 23 km east of the city center. Taxis are available 24 hours a day in front of the arrivals halls of terminals 1 and 2, which will take you to the city in 25 minutes for around $ 20 (rates are slightly higher between midnight and 6 am). The SBS 36 bus leaves Orchard Road every 15 minutes and runs from 6 am to midnight. The journey will cost you only $ 2 S (inconvenient, however, for people with large luggage). The airport is accessible via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) metro network: Changi Airport Station (CG2) on the East West Line line connects terminal 2 from the airport to the city. Passengers must make a change of train at the Tanah Merah stop. The MaxiCab runs from 9 am to 11 pm every 30 minutes during off-peak hours (9 am to 6 pm) and every 15 minutes during peak hours (6 pm to 11 pm). The ticket costs SGD 7 for adults and 5 SGD for children. This six-seat shuttle is equipped for wheelchairs and has a luggage compartment. Airport is accessible via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) metro network: Changi Airport Station (CG2) on the East West Line line connects terminal 2 from the airport to the city. Passengers must make a change of train at the Tanah Merah stop. The MaxiCab runs from 9 am to 11 pm every 30 minutes during off-peak hours (9 am to 6 pm) and every 15 minutes during peak hours (6 pm to 11 pm). The ticket costs SGD 7 for adults and 5 SGD for children. This six-seat shuttle is equipped for wheelchairs and has a luggage compartment. Airport is accessible via the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) metro network: Changi Airport Station (CG2) on the East West Line line connects terminal 2 from the airport to the city. Passengers must make a change of train at the Tanah Merah stop. The MaxiCab runs from 9 am to 11 pm every 30 minutes during off-peak hours (9 am to 6 pm) and every 15 minutes during peak hours (6 pm to 11 pm). The ticket costs SGD 7 for adults and 5 SGD for children. This six-seat shuttle is equipped for wheelchairs and has a luggage compartment. Tanah Merah judgment. The MaxiCab runs from 9 am to 11 pm every 30 minutes during off-peak hours (9 am to 6 pm) and every 15 minutes during peak hours (6 pm to 11 pm). The ticket costs SGD 7 for adults and 5 SGD for children. This six-seat shuttle is equipped for wheelchairs and has a luggage compartment. Tanah Merah judgment. The MaxiCab runs from 9 am to 11 pm every 30 minutes during off-peak hours (9 am to 6 pm) and every 15 minutes during peak hours (6 pm to 11 pm). The ticket costs SGD 7 for adults and 5 SGD for children. This six-seat shuttle is equipped for wheelchairs and has a luggage compartment.

security

Serious attacks are extremely rare in Singapore. This is not surprising, given the harsh penalties incurred by offenders.
To call the police, dial 999.
Drug: Drug
trafficking is punishable by the death penalty. A check can be made upon entry into the country. If it turns out to be positive, the person may be accused of using the drug on the spot.

Language

There are 4 official languages: English (the most widespread), Malay, Mandarin (Chinese) and Tamil (Indian).

Formalities and visas

Passport valid for six months after the date of return. You must be provided with a return or continuation ticket. No tourist visa is required for stays of less than 3 months. For applications for extended stay, please contact Singapore Immigration, No. 10 Kallang Road, Singapore 208718.
Tel. : (65) 391 61 0018.

Religion

Buddhists (Chinese), Muslims (Malays), Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Taoists, Jews and Confucians.

Change

The monetary unit is the Singapore dollar (SGD or $ S), divided into 100 cents. If you have USD (US dollars), you will need to change them to the Singapore dollar. Most international credit cards are accepted at merchants and vending machines. Attention, some taxis do not accept the Visa card. You will be more relaxed with a Mastercard. Travelers checks are also an excellent form of payment and are even accepted in some restaurants and shops. With regard to the withdrawal of cash, prefer the exchange agents who, unlike the banks, do not take commission rates. Banks are open from 9.30 am to 3 pm during working days and from 9.30 am to 11.30 am on Saturdays.

Go on the spot

You can travel almost all over the island thanks to one of the most modern public transport networks in the world.
Metro: ideal for traveling, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is an ultramodern, underground subway for 44 km in the city center and overhead in the rest of the island. It operates from 6 am to midnight and serves 40 stations on two lines: one east-west and the other north-south. The journey costs between $ 0.60 and $ 1.50, but you can also get the Farecard, valid for 6 months, for a fee between $ 10 and $ 50 (+ $ 2 deposit, available at the ticket offices Stations and 7-Eleven stores). There is a Tourist Farecard at the rate of $ 7.00 (+ $ 6.00 credit).
Bus: buses, very frequent, are also a great way to move from door to door. Tickets cost $ 0.60 S (0, 70 $ S by air-conditioned bus) for trips of less than 3.2 km and increase by $ 0.10 S every 2.4 km (up to a maximum of $ 1.50). The Farecard is valid on buses (but not the Tourist Farecard) and Singapore Explorer tickets entitle you to unlimited bus journeys for $ 5 per day and $ 12 for 3 days (available at most hotels).
Taxi: over 10,000 taxis operate in Singapore and are really cheap. They can be identified by their pale blue or black color with a yellow roof and cost $ 2.40 S for the first 1.5 km and then $ 0.10 S / 240 m. A surcharge of 50% is applied to the rate between midnight and 6 am and a $ 3 surcharge will be requested on the airport / city (but not in the city / airport) direction. You can pay directly in bank card, But the visa is not always accepted, it is better to have a mastercard!
In case of complaint: call 450 52 50. Car: it is easy to rent a car from major rental agencies like Sintat, Hertz or Avis but also from small agencies. However, fares are much higher than in Malaysia ($ 120 S / day, including insurance, for a small displacement). In Singapore, drive to the left and an international driving license is required. The city has an urban toll system as in London.
Boat: you can do mini-cruises on the Singapore River to discover the city center. Include $ 9 S / adult and
$ 3 S / child (departures every hour from 9 am to 11 pm at the Clarke Quay pier). You can also rent “

Health

No vaccine is required. There are no malaria problems.

electricity

220 V, 50 Hz. Electrical sockets with three plugs. An adapter is required.

Volume of tourist inflows

Singapore welcomed 16.4 million foreign visitors in 2016 (+ 7.7% / 2015) of which 157 083 French (+ 0.4% / 2014). The French market is the third largest in Europe, behind the United Kingdom and Germany. The city state is the 4th most visited city in the world. The largest providers of tourists to Singapore are Asians, which account for almost 53% of total arrivals: Indonesia (2.59 million), China (1.57 million), Malaysia (1.14 million) Australia (956,000), and India (869,000).

Taxes and tips

The GST is a tax applied to all goods and services, up to 3%. This tax can be recovered for any purchase over $ 300. To do this, the shop where the purchase was made must adhere to the refund network (tax refund sticker at the entrance) and provide you with a form. After presenting the form and the merchandise to the airport office concerned, it is sent, duly stamped, to the merchant who will send a refund check by mail. In addition to the GST, there are also 10% taxes on services and 1% in certain hotels, bars, restaurants or discotheques. If these taxes are not directly included in the price, then a ++ sign appears behind the tariff.

Phone

From France to Singapore: dial 00 + 65 + the number of your correspondent.
From Singapore to France: 001 + 33 + number of your correspondent, without the initial zero. Emergencies: 995.

SINGAPORE: ALL USEFUL ADDRESSES OF THE COUNTRY

Before leaving

Consulate
12, avenue Foch square, 75116 Paris (entrance at 80, avenue Foch). Such. : 01 45 00 33 61 (open from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm, except Saturdays). Fax: 01 45 00 58 75.
More information on the website www.yoursingapore.com

On the spot

Embassy of France
101-103 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 259595.
Tel. : 880 78 00 Fax: 880 78 01
Singapore Tourism Board
1 Tourism Court, Orchard Spring Lane, Singapore 247729.
Fax: (65) 736 94 23.

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