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Expert tip

If you’re after some retail therapy, Singapore will certainly satisfy. But don’t let yourself be restricted to the main shopping district of Orchard Road. Discover more diversity (and maybe better bargains!) by venturing into more local-centric areas and exploring a variety of different malls, including VivoCity and Bugis Junction.

ATM access

5/5 stars  there are ATMs everywhere.


Restaurants with table service typically include a 10% service fee in the bill, so there is no need to tip extra. However, this fee generally goes directly to the venue, so feel free to hand some cash to a waiter or waitress if they have exceeded your expectations. Tipping is not customary for hotels, though bellhops will usually appreciate a tip of S$1-$2. Taxis are a similar story, but drivers will rarely refuse if you ask them to keep the change for convenience.While it’s tempting to tip hawkers (street food stalls), this isn’tcommon either; it’s more polite to compliment the chef than offer them extra cash.

Bargaining scale

2 Stars - Bargaining is now acceptable everywhere. 

Bargaining is less common in Singapore than you may have experienced elsewhere in Asia. Prices are fixed in the majority of stores and haggling is not customary. Some exceptions can include street markets and when making large purchases at electronics stores.

Card access

Singapore establishments will generally accept credit and debit cards, though you’ll need cash to sample the famous food from hawkers. While it’s convenient to have your card as a backup option, we recommend keeping some cash handy during your trip. This will allow you to pay for incidentals anywhere you go and bypass high transaction fees. It’s always a good idea to notify your bank before travelling abroad, so your international card use won’t be identified as suspicious.

Cost of a coffee



Singapore has an extensive and inexpensive train network (the MRT). For convenience, purchase a Singapore Tourist Pass, which allows you to travel as many times as you like for either S$10, S$16 or S$20 for 1, 2 or 3 days respectively. Your card can also be used to access the bus network, which is great for getting to places the train doesn’t access (such as Singapore Zoo).

Alternatively, taxis are plentiful, affordable and metered.

Pickpocket security rating

5/5 stars  theft is very rare.

Pickpocketing is uncommon inSingapore. However, you should still be aware of your belongings, especially in crowded places such as Chinatown, Little India and Changi Airport.

Scammers and ripoffs

Singapore is a very safe city and tourists rarely encounter any scams or frauds. However, always be wary of things that sound too good to be true and use your common sense as you would at home. For example, exercise some skepticism if offered goods (especially electronic goods) at outrageously low prices, as these could be cheap knock-offs being passed off as genuine.

One scam travellers have encountered in Singapore is the ‘fake monk’ fraud. If someone claiming to be a monk asks you to donate or buy something from them, you should be automatically suspicious; an authentic monk is not permitted to request payments from people.

Departure tax

Changi Airport’s departure tax is S$21, but this is typically covered by the cost of your plane ticket.

Visa costs

Travellers from New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Singapore. However, you will need to have a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity remaining in order to enter or leave the country, and New Zealanders (aged six years and over) are required to scan their thumbprints when they enter and leave Singapore. Be sure to check your passport’s expiry when booking your holiday and renew it if necessary. If your passport doesn't have the right validity, you are likely to be refused entry.

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