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General Information

Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport Validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Singapore. You may be refused entry or turned away by airlines if your passport does not meet this requirement.

Visa Requirements

Invitation letters for visa purposes can only be sent to people who have completed the registration process.

Visa application is required for citizens / passport holders of the following countries:

India, Myanmar, People's Republic of China, Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity, Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Travel Permit, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) and Nigeria.

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, 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 countries.

All citizens/passport holders who are not listed above do not require visas to visit Singapore for a stay of less than one month, if they have a passport valid for at least 6 months upon entry, a confirmed onward return ticket and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore.

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AC Power Plugs and Sockets

230 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style square three-pin plugs are in use. Many hotels have 110-volt outlets.

Cell Phones

Participants are kindly requested to turn off their cell phones or switch them to silent mode inside the meeting rooms where scientific sessions are held.

City Transport

Transport within Singapore is mainly land-based. Many parts of Singapore are accessible by road, including islands such as Sentosa and Jurong Island. The other major form of transportation within Singapore is rail: the Mass Rapid Transit which runs the length and width of Singapore, and the Light Rail Transit which runs within a few neighbourhoods. The main island of Singapore is connected to the other islands by ferryboat services.

Climate

Singapore's climate is classified as tropical rainforest climate with no true distinct seasons. Owing to its geographical location and maritime exposure, its climate is characterized by uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity and abundant rainfall. So it is almost always warm and wet. Temperatures average around 31º C during the day with little seasonal variation, although it’s slightly cooler in December and January, and hottest in April and May.

Currency

The official currency of Singapore is the Singapore Dolar. The currency code for Dollars is SGD or alternatively S$. It is divided into 100 cents. International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Currency exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city.

Important Telephone Numbers

Police Phone: 999
Fire & Ambulance Phone: 995
Non-Emergency Ambulance Phone: 1777
Police Hotline Phone: 1800 225 0000
Traffic Police Phone: 6547 0000

Insurance

The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to the Congress participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country.

Language in Singapore

The Singapore Government recognizes four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil. All the hotels, shops and restaurants in Singapore are English spoken.

Conference Language

The official language of the WAS 2015 is English. All conference materials and presentations must be in English.

Time Zone

Singapore is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
You can find the time difference here.

Tipping

Tipping is not usual in Singapore. The most expensive hotels and restaurants have a 10% service charge included within, and as such tipping is generally discouraged.

No Smoking Areas

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.

Safe Drinking Water

You can drink water straight from the tap as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organiza­tion standards.