About Singapore

Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore’s tropical climate welcomes both leisure and business travellers year round. The island republic’s excellent infrastructure enables visitors to enjoy its many sites and attractions in a safe, clean and green environment. Award winning Changi Airport provides air links to major cities around the world. The train and subway systems are clean, fast and efficient. In addition, its state-of-the-art cruise terminal has established Singapore as one of the premier cruising centers of South East Asia and an exciting port of call on any Asian cruise itinerary.

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Traveller Essentials

Find out which power adapter to bring, what clothes to pack to suit the weather, whether you need to apply for a visa and other useful information before you visit Singapore.

Visa Requirements & Applications

Upon request, the Organiser will issue a letter of invitation to facilitate the delegate’s travel and visa arrangements.

This invitation does not imply provision of financial or other support.

Please email the following details to the congress secretariat.

  • Name (as it appears on passport)
  • Passport Number
  • Nationality
  • Country of Departure
  • Job title
  • Organisation
  • A scanned copy of your passport particulars page

Important

  • Kindly ensure that you have completed your registration and made the payment before sending in your request for visa application document(s) to the course secretariat. The document(s) will be prepared and sent by email.
  • Apply for your visa no later than 2 months before your departure date. No refund will be given if you are unable to attend the course due to visa matters.
  • Please visit ica.gov.sg should you like to find out if you require a visa to enter Singapore.

Money

The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and taxis in Singapore.

Weather

Singapore is hot and humid all year round, with temperatures reaching highs of over 30°C. Rain storms are unpredictable, and often torrential but brief.

Language

Singapore has four official languages – Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil, but English is the default common language.

Power Plug

The standard electrical current in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles). Power plugs are large with three square prongs, similar to the UK.

Alcohol Consumption

From 10.30pm to 7am, liquor consumption in public areas is prohibited. At this time, alcohol can only be purchased and consumed at licensed premises and at home.

Tipping

Tipping is not a Singaporean culture but it is a growing practice for good service in restaurants, hotels and taxis.

No Smoking Areas

Smoking is prohibited in public transportation, air-conditioned and common places, including areas within 5 metres of building entrances and bus shelters.

GST Refund

Apply for a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) when you make purchases worth more than 100SGD from participating outlets. Please visit www.customs.gov.sg for more information.

Getting Around

Taxi

Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, comfortable, safe and easy to use. You can hail a taxi on the street or catch one from designated taxi stands in the city centre. Alternatively, you can book a taxi by calling the Dial-A-Cab hotline at +65 6342 5222. You could also use a mobile phone app like Comfort DelGro, Taxi Booking App, SMRT Book a Taxi or GrabTaxi. Booking charges apply for these services.

In Singapore, fares are charged by the meter and start from 3SGD/2USD. Additional charges may apply depending on location as well as when you travel during peak hours and after midnight. Receipts are provided upon request. Limousine taxi services charge a flat rate, and can only be hired from an authorised limousine counter or over the phone.

Trains and buses

It is easy to get around in Singapore by public transportation, with an extensive network of trains and buses connecting to almost every corner of the island. Safe and efficient, the trains connect the major areas of the island-city. The trains run from 6am to midnight, and cost a minimum of 1.4SGD/1USD for cash fares. Single trip tickets can be purchased from vending machines at all MRT stations.

Comfortable buses travel to almost every part of the island, including the heartland. Cash fares start from 1.4SGD/1USD. If you are staying for a few days, consider getting an EZ-link card. A useful card for savings and convenience, the card can be used on both trains and buses, with fares starting from 77 cents. You can purchase the card at selected MRT stations, bus interchanges and 7-Eleven stores.

The Singapore Tourist Pass

Enjoy the sights and sounds without hassle by using the Singapore Tourist Pass. With the all-day Pass, you can save time and money as it offers you unlimited rides on Singapore’s public transport system, including the MRT, LRT and basic bus services. It excludes travel on premium and niche bus services. The pass is available in three options – 1-day (10SGD/7USD), 2-days (16SGD/12USD) and 3-days (20SGD/14USD), with a refundable 10SGD/7USD deposit for the card. You can purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass from select TransitLink Ticket Offices located at MRT stations. For more information, please visit www.thesingaporetouristpass.com.sg .