This dynamic city rich in contrast and colour excites with its harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture. Brimming with unbridled energy, Singapore embodies the finest of both East and West with its strategic location, excellent facilities and fascinating cultures.
Weather: It is generally warm and humid in Singapore throughout the year. Its equatorial climate has no distinct seasons and temperature is usually around 30°C/86°F during the day and 23°C/74°F in the evening. Humidity is around 60% in the afternoon but higher in the morning. Weather reports and forecasts can be found through National Environment Agency, but keep in mind that showers are usually sudden and heavy. Lightweight cotton or quick-dry clothing is recommended. A coat or sweater can be useful as some air-conditioned venues (and public transportation!) can be a little cold.
Time Zone:The official time in Singapore is UTC/GMT +8 and there is no daylight time saving. Sunrise and sunset in September are at around 07:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs, respectively.
Power Voltage: Electricity Singapore voltage is 220-240 volts AC. You can use power plugs with three square prongs here. On request, most hotels will provide transformers / adapters to guests.
Safe Drinking Water: You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organization standards. Bottled and mineral water are readily available in supermarkets or convenience stores located readily around the island.
Language: There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. English is the language of business and administration, and is widely spoken and understood. Most Singaporeans are bilingual, and speak their mother tongue (dialects) as well as English. Malay is the national language.
Currency: The official currency in Singapore is in the Singapore Dollars. The common denomination of dollar notes is $2, $5, $10, $50 and $100 and coins that are currently in circulation are 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents and $1. Most major credit cards are widely accepted.Traveller's cheques may also be accepted at major hotels, banks and money changers.
Tax Refund: Tourists can claim a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases if you spend more than $100 at any participating shops. For more information, visit www.yoursingapore.com.
No Smoking:You are not allowed to smoke in all air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries. There are designated smoking areas in some entertainment outlets and open-air eateries.
Useful Telephone Numbers in Singapore:
Ambulance & Fire Brigade: 995
Flight Information: 1800 542 4422
A Letter of Invitation is a proof that your paper
submission and registration application are accepted by
the conference committee board. It perhaps could help
with your visa application. However, it does not
guarantee you a visa.
The invitation letter will be issued ONLY after you have
registered and full payment has been received. Rejection
of visa application cannot be the reason to require fee
All visitors to Singapore must meet the following
● Valid travel document (minimum 6 months validity at
time of departure)
● Onward/return ticket
● Entry facilities (including Visas) to next destination
● Sufficient funds to stay in Singapore
● Visa for entry to Singapore (if applicable) and
Yellow Fever Vaccination (if applicable)
Countries Requiring Visa
Foreigners holding travel documents issued by the
following countries will require either a Business or
Social Visit visa to enter Singapore:
Assessment Level I Countries -
How to apply
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea, Georgia, Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region (Document of Identity), India,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macao Special Administrative
Region (Travel Permit), Moldova, People's Republic of
China(PRC), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Assessment Level II Countries -
How to apply
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq,
Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia,
Yemen, and holders of Palestinian Authority Passport,
Temporary Passport issued by the United Arab Emirates
and Refugee Travel Document issued by Middle-East
It is highly recommended that foreigners from Assessment
Level II Countries should apply for their visas through
a Singapore-based trusted partner.
Submission through Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's (ICA) Online Portal
Note: Please have your credit card on hand for making
Foreigners from Assessment Level II Countries are
strongly recommended to apply for their visas through
trusted partners which will act as a local contact. This
will help to ensure smooth processing and delivery of
your visa application.
Singapore Mission Nearest to You -
Check Out Here
You may approach the Singapore mission nearest to you for
-visa application and submission procedures
-list of documents required
-application fees payable
-visa application forms
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
Address: ICA Building, 10 Kallang Road, Singapore 208718
Fax: +65 6298 0843 / 6298 0837
ICA 24-hour Call Centre - Tel: +65 6391 6100
This is a 24-hour automated answering service for
information of ICA's services and procedures requirements.
You may also speak to their Customer Service Officers during
office hours (Monday to Friday: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm and
Saturday: 8.00 am to 1.00 pm) for further clarification.