By air: You will fly into the Changi International Airport at Singapore. It is a very well connected airport with most major international carriers having Singapore on their network.
By road (from Malaysia): It will be best to enter Singapore by the Tuas Checkpoint (Second link or Linkedua). Upon entering Singapore take the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and take exit on Pioneer Road North. Stay left on the exit ramp and turn left. Take an immediate right upon entering the NTU campus. Take the first left and you will see the conference venue (Nanyang Executive Center) on your left.
Visa, Customs, Legal Regulations
Most foreigners coming into Singapore do not require visas for entry and may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon their arrival in Singapore. However, it is best to consult your local consular office for Singapore visa requirements. We do provide some visa documents to help with your visa processing. Click on the Visa Info link on the left menu for more details.
If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival. You should have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity, onward or return tickets, onward facilities (such as visas or entry permits) to your next destination, and of course, sufficient funds for your stay in Singapore.
Should you lose your passport while in Singapore, please make a police report immediately and approach your embassy in Singapore to apply for a replacement travel document. Click here for list of embassies in Singapore. You should also report to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for a visit pass which will regularise your stay in Singapore.
Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the arrival halls of each airport terminals. The journey to the conference hotel is estimated to cost between $38.00 and $50.00 and takes approximately 45 minutes. The journey to the Victoria street hotels will cost betwen $18 to $38 and takes approximately 30 minutes. Fares are metered and there is additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport.
$5 airport surcharge – 5.00pm to 12.00am (Fridays to Sundays)
$3 airport surcharge – all other times
Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare – 12.00am to 6.00am (daily)
Click here for other modes of transportation to and from the airport.
The most convenient way to get around Singapore is by taxi. You should be able to hail a taxi without any problems in most parts of Singapore. Besides taxis, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system is probably the fastest way to get around the island. Click here for train and public bus guides and services.
The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$). Money changing services can be found not only at the Singapore Changi Airport but also most shopping centres and hotels around the island. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) located everywhere (even in the most obscure bits) in Singapore, that accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Please note that there have been issues with US VISA/debit cards without built-in chips not being accepted by the ATM machines. Most small shops/convenience stores in Singapore do not accept credit cards and prefer cash payment. Also, some taxi companies (e.g. Comfort taxi) do not accept VISA cards, although they accept other credit cards; and a few other taxi companies will take only cash payment. So, please plan to have sufficient local cash with you.
Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31°C (88°F), dropping to around 24°C (75°F) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.
Cell Phone Usage
Singapore's international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don't have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here.
Tax Refund SchemesTo enjoy tax-free shopping in Singapore, simply look out for retailers that display the "Tax Refund" logo on their shop front and spend SG100 in a single receipt to qualify. For more information, click here.
Singapore Visitors Centres
Need advice to get you started sightseeing, eating and shopping your way around Singapore? Pop by any one of the Singapore Visitors Centres to make your stay in Singapore a memorable one. Click here for list of Singapore Visitors Centres.
Police — 999
Ambulance — 995
Fire Brigade — 995
Flight Information — 1800 542 4422
Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd / CityCab Pte Ltd — (65) 6552 1111
Maxi Cab — (65) 6535 3534
Premier Taxis Pte Ltd — (65) 6476 8880
SMRT Taxis — (65) 6555 8888
Raffles Hospital (585 North Bridge Road) — (65) 6311 1111
Singapore General Hospital (Outram Road) — (65) 6222 3322
Gleneagles Hospital (6A Napier Road) — (65) 6473 7222
American Express — 1800 396 6000
Diners Card — (65) 6416 0800
JCB — (65) 6734 0096
MasterCard — 800 110 0113
Visa — 800 448 1250