Travel Information

Get in

Most nationalities can enter Singapore without a visa. Refer to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for current guidelines, including a list of the 30+ nationalities that are required to obtain a visa in advance. Entry permit duration depends on nationality and entry point: most people get 14 or 30 days, although EU, Norwegian, Swiss and U passport holders get 90 days. Citizens of some CIS countries (eg: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan) can transit 4 days without a visa, if they have tickets to a third country.

By plane

Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's largest aviation hubs, so unless you're coming from Peninsular Malaysia or Batam/Bintan in Indonesia, the easiest way to enter Singapore is by air. In addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines and its regional subsidiary SilkAir, Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia. In addition to the locals, every carrier of any size in Asia offers flights to Singapore, with pan-Asian discount carrier Air Asia and Malaysian regional operator Firefly operating dense networks from Singapore.

Changi Airport

The airport is split into three main terminals (T1, T2 and T3). Figuring out which terminal your flight arrives in or departs from can be complicated. Fortunately transfers are quite easy, as the three main terminals are connected with the free Skytrain service, which can be used without passing through immigration. Terminal 1 is physically connected to Terminals 2 and 3. By walking you will not notice you're in a different terminal except by reading the signs. Your departing terminal is more straightforward as Singapore Airlines designates T2 as departures for destinations in South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa while all other destinations will use T3. Unlike most other airports, there are no separate zones for departing and arriving passengers in the main terminals prior to passport control, hence arriving passengers are free to shop and eat at the airport establishments. In addition, if they have no luggage checked-in from their point of origin, they can clear passport control at any other terminal.

From the airport to city

There are a number of ways to get into the city:

By road

Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.

By Bus

Get Around

Getting around Singapore is easy: the public transportation system is extremely easy to use and taxis are reasonably priced when you can get one. If you are staying in Singapore for some time or are planning to return to Singapore several times in the future, the EZ-link, contactless RFID farecard or a Nets Flash Pay card might be a worthwhile purchase. You can store value on it and use it on the MRT trains as well as all city buses at a 15% discount. The card costs $12, including $7 stored value, and the card can be "topped up" in increments of at least $10 at the farecard vending machines. You can use the same card for 5 years. Single tickets can be purchased for both MRT and buses, but it's a hassle, and in the case of buses it delays everyone else because the driver has to count fare stages to tell you how much you need to pay. In addition, no change is given for the bus and you will need to buy a separate ticket if you intend to transfer to another bus later in your journey. The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) are trains that are the main trunk of Singapore's transit system. They are a cheap and very reliable mode of transportation, and the network covers most points of interest for the visitor. The Standard ticket is a contactless smart card for both single and return trips on the MRT and LRT. It can be used up to six times within 30 days from the date of purchase. The card is sold at the General Ticketing Machine (GTM) at all MRT and LRT stations. The purchase price includes a deposit of 10 cents and this is automatically refunded on the travel fare of the third trip. EZ-link or Nets FlashPay farecards (described above) are the easiest and most popular ways to use the MRT. All lines are seamlessly integrated, even if the lines are operated by different transport companies, so you do not need to buy a new ticket to transfer. Please refer to the detailed MRT map. Alternatively, you can rent a car or pickup at ~$75/day.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Singapore is expensive by South-East Asian standards.

Budget

Backpackers' hostels can be found primarily in Little India, Chinatown, Bugis, Clarke Quay and the East Coast at about $25-40 for a dorm bed. Details can be found on this lonely planet website. Also YMCA provides some very good accommodation at reasonable prices. Find details on tariff at YMCA here. Some hostels will rent out whole rooms; alternatively, the entire dorm room (4 or more beds) can be booked. This provides space for equipment checks etc. Some of the links can be found below:

Mid-range

Much of Singapore's mid-range accommodation is in rather featureless but functional older hotels, with a notable cluster near the western end of the Singapore River. There has, however, been a recent surge of "boutique" hotels in renovated shophouses here and in Chinatown and these can be pretty good value, with rates starting from $100/night.

Splurge

Singapore has a wide selection of luxury accommodation, including the famed Raffles Hotel. You will generally be looking at upwards of $300 per night for a room in a five-star hotel, which is still a pretty good deal by most standards. Hotel rates fluctuate quite a bit: a large conference can double prices, while on weekends in the off-peak season heavy discounts are often available. The largest hotel clusters can be found at Marina Bay (good for sightseeing) and around Orchard Road (good for shopping).

Getting to SAUVC 2017 event

The SAUVC 2017 will be held at the sprawling 38-hectare Singapore Polytechnic campus which is bounded by Dover Road and Commonwealth Avenue West. It is accessible by public transport including Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains via the Dover MRT station. The campus map and exact location of the SAUVC 2017 event can be found here.

By train

Singapore polytechnic is at the door step of Dover MRT Station (EW22 Dover). See MRT map.

By Bus

By Taxi