Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region. However, despite its humble geographic size, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city of high-rise buildings, landscaped gardens and heritage-rich precincts that embody aspects of both the East and West in many interesting ways.

 

To find out more about Singapore and all its wonderful possibilities, visit YourSingapore.com

 

LANGUAGE

English is the language primarily spoken in Singapore. Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and other local dialects are used as well.

 

WEATHER

Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 32ºC (90ºF), dropping to around 26ºC (79ºF) in the evenings.

 

CELL PHONE USAGE & PREPAID CARDS

Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65).

Singapore supports dual-band, tri-band, quad-band mobile phones. The prepaid SIM cards in Singapore come in various denominations ranging from S$10 to S$50. There are 3 mobile phone service providers that offer prepaid phone service in Singapore – SingTel, MobileOne (M1) and Starhub.

 

Prepaid SIM cards in Singapore for any of the three phone companies can be purchased at the following locations:

 

Since 2006, Singapore government has made the prepaid SIM registration a mandatory requirement. This means the card must be registered under the name of the person who will be using it, in this case you. As a result, you will be required to produce your passport or Singapore ID at the time of buying the prepaid mobile card. Once registered, the card is ready for use immediately.

 

TIPPING

Tipping is not widely practiced in Singapore as most hotels and restaurants apply a default 10% service charge.

 

SMOKING

Smoking is considered an offence in all air-conditioned or public areas such as: shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, on the SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit system), public buses, taxis and in lifts. Recently, the smoking ban has also been imposed on public eateries and within a five-meter radius from most building entrances, except for allocated smoking areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow paint.

 

TAXIS

All Singapore taxis operate under a metre system with starting fares ranging from S$3.00 to S$3.40. City and peak hour surcharges apply.

 

Pre-booking of taxis can be done via the official taxi hotline: +65 6-DIALCAB (+65 6-342 5222).

 

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Singapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar (S$ or SGD). Money changing services can be found at Singapore Changi Airport, shopping centers and hotels around the island. There are also an abundance of automated teller machines (ATMs) which accept most major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

 

GST REFUNDS

To enjoy a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases, you need to make at least S$100 worth of purchases from participating outlets which display a “Tax Refund” logo or a Global Blue “Tax Free Shopping” logo. Request for a refund voucher upon purchase, which you should present with your purchases, receipts and passport at the Tax Refund Counter of the airport before you fly off.

FLYING TO SINGAPORE

When flying into Singapore, we recommend flying directly into Changi Airport (SIN). Servicing over 100 international airlines, Changi Airport is a major aviation hub in Southeast Asia.

Attendees will find transportation to and from Changi Airport quite convenient as taxis, shuttles, buses and the Mass Rapid Transit Train (MRT) are readily available for all travellers.

 

To find out more on airport transportation visit the Changi Airport’s website HERE.

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER

TAXIS

The most convenient way to get to the city from the airport is by taxi. Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. The journey to the city is estimated to cost between SG$18.00 and SG$38.00 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)

 

LIMOUSINE TAXIS & LARGE TAXIS

The service uses dedicated taxis to bring you to any destination in Singapore.

Please approach the Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival Halls.

 

Rates:

  • 4 seater Limousine Taxi – $55.00* per departure (from airport)
  • 7 seater Large Taxi – $60.00* per departure (from airport)

 

*Additional surcharge of $15.00 applies per additional stop.

Information posted on this page are correct at time of publishing, but may be subjected to changes. It is recommended that you check with the relevant organisation/authorities for the latest information.

Click here for train and public bus guides and services.

 

MASS RAPID TRANSIT (MRT)

The Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system is probably the fastest way to get around Singapore besides taxis. To find out more feel free to view the train’s many stations and schedules here.

 

TAXIS

You should be able to hail a taxi without any problems in most parts of Singapore. However, do remember that taxis are only allowed to pick up or alight passengers at designated taxi stands in the city centre. Hotels and shopping centre taxi stands are always good places to hail a taxi.

 

Alternatively, you may choose to download Grab or Uber.

Cocoa Association of Asia recommends international attendees review Singapore’s visa requirements before traveling.

 

Most foreigners coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon their arrival in Singapore.

To check if you require a visa, please click here.

 

If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply here to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival.

 

It is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regard to coming into Singapore. If you do require a visa, visit the Singaporean Immigration & Checkpoints Authority here to see all the proper documents required.

 

You should have a valid passport with at least six months validity, onward or return tickets, onward facilities (such as visas or entry permits) to your next destination, and sufficient funds for your stay in Singapore.

 

Should you require a visa, please refer to ICA’s website for application procedures.

Resort World Sentosa Convention Centre

Basement 2, East Ballroom
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269

For more information on Sentosa, kindly refer here:

HOW TO GET THERE

By Car

Keep Left on the Sentosa Gateway into Sentosa

 

Turn down into Resorts World Sentosa and keep to the right lane which will take you to carpark, Basement 1

 

Park at the B1M West Car Park (Car park charges apply) *Carpark coupons can be purchased at the event registration counter at $12nett

By RWS 8 Bus

Proceed to the bus stop either outside VivoCity shopping mall or Merrill Lynch Harbourfront.

 

Alight at designated Drop Off Point

 

Departing time from RWS: First Bus – 6AM, Last Bus – 11:30PM

 

Flat fare: $S2.00

By Taxi

Keep left upon entering Sentosa
Gateway Bridge

 

Follow the directional signs to Taxi Drop Off Point

 

Walk to Resorts World Convention Centre at B2 via Escalator

 

(For departure : Board Taxi @ Taxi Queue at B1; Additional of S$3.00 surcharge with exception of ComfortDelgro and Yellow-Top taxis)

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