Singapore is an island located in Southeast Asia and has a population of 4.6 million people. The Republic of Singapore consists of 63 islands and islets off the southern extremity of the Malay Peninsula. This country is a cultural melting pot infused with Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures. The Singaporeans pride themsleves on order and cleanliness and thus have one of the safest and cleanest places in the world to visit. Singapore is a tiny but busy destination with modern skyscrapers, a vibrant nightlife and is a fabulous culinary indulgence. The country has long enjoyed a roaring tourist trade, particularly in the area of Medical Tourism where its reported that more than 250,000 patients visit the country for plastic surgery each year, the majority of these patients reportedly come from the Middle East. Languages spoken in Singapore are Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English.

Medical tourism

Singapore is a prominent destination for Medical Tourism and thus has a large number of providers specialising in most areas. This includes, but is not limited to, Cancer treatment, Cardiology, Cosmetics, Dental, Eye, Neurology, Obesity, Orthopedics and Spinal procedures. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

The weather in Singapore is generally warm and humid throughout the year with no distinct cold or wet season. However, most rain falls from November through to January.

Money and costs

The national currency for Singapore is the Singapore Dollar (SGD, symbol S$). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, and most of Europe do not require a formal visa. However, visitors require a Social Visit Pass, which is issued on arrival. For UK and Ireland nationals the maximum stay is 30 days, while all other nationals have a maximum length stay of 14 days. Visitors on a Social Visit Pass can apply for a 90-day extension.

Getting there

Changu International Airport is the central gateway to Singapore, and is around 20km from the centre of the city. There are direct flights from North America, Europe, the UK and Australia with several airlines flying to/from Singapore, such as Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Qantas and Thai Airways.

Dialling codes

To call Singapore, the country dialling code is +65.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Singapore at:

Lonely Planet -​singapore

Singapore Tourism -

Singapore Embassy in the USA -​washington

Singapore Embassy in the UK -

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011