The Republic of Singapore is an island nation at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South-East Asia. Its population of over five million form a diverse cross-section of cultures, with Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures representing the major groups. This brings plenty of diversity to Singapore, in terms of language, religion, heritage, and of course, our national obsession, food. A former British colony, English is the language of education, business and government, and many public areas have additional signs in Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Although only 710 square kilometers in area and highly urbanized, Singapore has several relatively large nature reserves and other pockets of wildlife, and takes pride in infusing greenery throughout the 'Garden City'.
Essential Travel Information
Visa and Entry Requirements
A visa may be required for visitors from some countries. Details are available from the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). The list of countries, entry requirements and application procedures can be found here.
If you require a Letter of Introduction (LOI), contact the Secretariat. You are advised to register early to allow time for processing.
General Travel Information
Please see the Traveller Essentials page at YourSingapore.com.
For information on Customs clearance procedures, please see the Customs Guide for Travellers.
Singapore is located near the equator. Average daily temperatures range between 25–32°C in June, and the climate is generally humid. There may be occasional light to heavy rainfall during the day. Indoor venues are air-conditioned. Some may occasionally feel the need for a light cardigan or jacket, especially when indoors for long periods.
Singapore has a smoking ban in public places. NTU and NIE are also designated as smoke-free campuses. Smoking is prohibited within the campus.
Two-way bus transport will be provided between Boon Lay MRT station (EW27 on the East-West line) and conference venue at certain timings on the conference days. Please remember to indicate whether you need this free transportation in the registration form.
at Boon Lay Station
at ISEC 2018 Venue
|12:30 p.m.||5:15 p.m.|
|8:00 a.m.||4:40 p.m.|
|8:00 a.m.||4:45 p.m.|
Please arrive 10 minutes before the pick-up timings and note that bus transport service commences at 12.30p.m. on the first day (June 19, 2018). Those attending the Pre-conference Workshops will need to arrange their own transportation.
Pick-up point at Boon Lay MRT Station:
· Take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) along the East-West Line (Green) to EW 27 Boon Lay Station.
· At the station, head east (100m) to Exit B.
· At the overhead bridge, make a right turn (do not cross the overhead bridge).
· Head south (50m) to the bus stop.
Boon Lay MRT station is along the East-West Line. You may wish to select your accommodation to be near an MRT station along the East-West Line for your convenience if you would like to take the free transportation.
Getting There from the Nanyang Executive Centre (NEC)
Bus: For those staying within campus at the NEC, you can take the Campus Loop "Red" (CL-R) bus service to get to the conference venue at the National Institute of Education (NIE). The Campus Loop bus services are FREE to all staff, students and visitors. Note that there are other fare-based public bus services (SBS Transit services 179, 179A and 199) that ply routes within campus and are a means of Getting to and from campus.
Walking: It is approximately 1.2 km (about 3/4 of a mile) between the NEC and NIE along the indicated route on the map. Note that it is gently uphill for most of the route.
See an interactive map of the campus at our Contact Us page.