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.
Upon exiting the fare gates from the MRT, please proceed to the bus stop as shown for the pick-up. As buses will leave at 8.15 am punctually every morning, please be at the bus-stop at least 10 minutes before departure time. Transport will be provided back to Boon Lay MRT Station after the conference.
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.