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The 17th International p53 Workshop

   8-12 July 2017
   Biopolis, Singapore

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General Travel Information

The following information can also be found in http://www.yoursingapore.com/travel-guide-tips.html.

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

Currency Exchange
Singapore's currency is the Singapore dollar (S$ or SGD) and notes come in denominations of S$2, S$5, S$10, S$50, S$100, S$1,000 and S$10,000. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and S$1. Money changing services can be found at Singapore Changi Airport, shopping centres and hotels around the island. There is also an abundance of automated teller machines (ATMs) which accept most major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Currency Converter
Click http://www.xe.com/

Credit Cards
Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being Visa, MasterCard and American Express, Automatic teller machines are plentiful and situated throughout the city.

Cell Phone Usage & Prepaid Cards
Singapore's international dialing code is +(65). While in Singapore and if you have international roaming service on your cell phone, you don't have to press +(65) as it will automatically connect you to the local numbers here. There are three mobile telephone service providers - SingTel, MobileOne (M1) and StarHub.

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.

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.

Prepaid SIM Card balance in Singapore is normally valid for 6 months which means any unused balance will expire after 6 months.

For latest details of prepaid SIM card data plans:

Electricity
The standard electrical current used in Singapore is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. The power plugs used in Singapore are of the three-pin, square-shaped type.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Liability
The Organising Committee and/or the 17th International p53 Workshop Organisers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to the private property of registered delegates. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

No Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in all air-conditioned areas (e.g. shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas, public buses, the MRT, taxis, lifts), common corridors, void decks and staircases within residential buildings, outdoor hospital compounds, as well as a 5-metre radius from any entrance/exit and bus shelter.

Safe Drinking Water
It is safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore as the water in Singapore passes World Health Organisation standard. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, you can purchase easily from local supermarkets.

Tax Refund Schemes
To enjoy tax-free shopping in Singapore, simply look out for retailers that display the "Tax Refund" logo on their shop front and spend SG100 in a single receipt to qualify. More information can be found at the Tourist Refund Scheme page on the Singapore Customs website at www.customs.gov.sg.

Transport
The public transport in Singapore is well connected with commuters able to choose between trains (MRT: Mass Rapid Transit), taxis and buses.

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
This is a fast and efficient form of transport, with a train arriving every few minutes. Fares range from S$1.00 to S$2.00, from vending machines at the stations. Operating hours vary a little but trains run from around 05:30 to 00:15. It is recommended to check what time the last train leaves from the respective stations if you are planning a late night. The conference site at Biopolis situated at Buona Vista is served by 2 MRT lines: East-West line and Circle line.

Bus
Bus fares range from S$1.00 to S$2.00. If you are paying in cash, please ensure you have the correct fare, as bus drivers do not give change. Alternatively, you can purchase an Ez-Link card, which is a stored-value fare card, from bus interchanges and MRT stations. Ez-Link cards may be used for bus and MRT fares.

Taxi http://taxisingapore.com/
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 63425222

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

Visa and Entry Facilities
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. However, it is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regard to coming into Singapore. If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival. 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.

The list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Singapore may be found on the ICA's website (http://www.ica.gov.sg/).

Weather
Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. Average daytime temperature is 31°C (88°F), dropping to around 24°C (75°F) in the evenings. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.

Wi-Fi & Connectivity
Visitors can register for a free public Wi-Fi account with their foreign mobile numbers at any Wireless@SG hotspot. Overseas charges may apply.