General Travel Information


Our conference takes place at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU One-North); it contains registration, panels, keynotes, and more!

Hotels

ISA Asia-Pacific conference attendees are invited to stay at several local hotels. A block of rooms has been reserved for July 3, 2019 - July 7, 2019. The group rate will only be available until a certain date at each hotel - these dates vary by hotel. If your preferred hotel does not have availability for your dates, please contact a different hotel from this list.

Park Avenue Rochester Hotel
The Park Avenue Rochester is our headquarter hotel and is located 400 metres away from NTU One-North campus.
$235 Singapore Dollars Book Now!
Visit the Park Avenue Rochester Website

Reservations can also be made over the phone via 1.888.627.7175.

Please note that Park Avenue hotel rates include Wifi and do not include breakfast which is an anticipated S$25++ per person per day and charges may vary.

Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen
Public Transport: Walk about 7 minutes to Bugis MRT. Take the East West Line to Buona Vista MRT (approximately 18 minutes/9 stops). Then walk about 12 minutes to the NTU One-North campus. Please ask your hotel for more specific directions/timings if needed.
$150/$170 Singapore Dollars Book Now!
Visit the Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen

Reservations can also be made over the phone via 1.888.627.7175.

Rates include breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Hilton Singapore
Public Transport: Walk about 5 minutes to bus stop opposite Four Seasons Hotel. Take the 106 bus to Bukit Batok to ‘Opp Blk 43’ (approximately 12 stops/15 minutes). Then walk about 10 minutes to NTU One-North campus. Please ask your hotel for more specific directions/timings if needed.
$220 Singapore Dollars Book Now!
Visit Hilton Singapore’s Website

Reservations can also be made over the phone via 1.888.627.7175.

Please note that Hilton Singapore hotel rates include wifi and do not include breakfast which can be added at a later time and is an anticipated S$30++ per person per day, charges may vary.

Check Out Singapore

Check out below for location and travel information for the conference.

By Air

Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the busiest and best connected in the world, handling over 100 airlines flying to some 400 cities. The airport is also home to Singapore Airlines, the flag carrier of Singapore. Together with Scoot, both airlines fly to more than 135 destinations globally.

The award-winning airport itself is jam-packed with activities and amenities, making it a world-class attraction in its own right.

Address: Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 018956.

By Land

Driving into Singapore from West Malaysia is a relaxing and scenic way of getting here. Singapore has two land checkpoints, at Tuas in the west and Woodlands in the north, that operate 24 hours a day.

Motorists of foreign-registered vehicles are required to have valid Autopass cards and motor insurance for their vehicles. Owners of foreign-registered motorcycles and cars are encouraged to apply online for a VEP/Autopass card. For more information, motorists may visit the LTA’s One Motoring website.

Tuas Checkpoint: 601 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore 018956

Woodlands Checkpoint: 21 Woodlands Crossing, Singapore 018956

Traveling by Mass Transit

You can easily travel around Singapore by mass transit on the MRT/LRT public transit system - the NTU One-North campus is approximately a 7 minute walk from One North MRT station on the Circle Line, and approximately a 12 minute walk from Buona Vista MRT interchange station on the East West Line and the Circle Line.

You can pay your MRT/LRT/bus fare with cash or with a stored value card, and you can purchase a stored value card at any Ticket Office or Passenger Service Centre. Topping up your card can be done via:

  • General Ticketing Machines
  • Add Value Machine Plus
  • TransitLink Ticket Office
  • AXS Stations
  • DBS/POSB/OCBC Automatic Teller Machines
  • 7-Eleven stores
  • SingPost outlets

Singapore Tourist Pass

You can also buy a Singapore Tourist Pass, a special EZ-Link stored-value card for unlimited travel between one and three days. For more information and to purchase the Tourist Pass, please visit the website.

For more information and links to mobile apps to get more information, please visit the Land Transport Authority: https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltaweb/en/public-transport.html

Airport City Shuttle

The City Shuttle will bring passengers to most downtown hotels at a rate of S$9 per adult or S$6 per child (below 12 years of age). The Airport City Shuttle includes Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen Street and Hilton Singapore only.

The City Shuttle departs every 15 minutes during peak hours, and up to 30 minutes during non-peak hours. Please approach the 24-hour Ground Transport Concierge at the Arrival Halls for bookings or call the following hotlines for more information.

Contact Numbers

  • Terminal 1: +65 6543 1985
  • Terminal 2: +65 6546 1646
  • Terminal 3: +65 6241 3818 (Main booking hotline, open 24 hours, daily)
  • Terminal 4: +65 6581 6775

Click here to book the airport shuttle service in advance.

Taxi

Taxis are available for hire at the taxi stands in the Arrival areas of each Terminal. A ride to the city takes about 30 minutes and costs between S$20 and S$40. All fares are metered.

There is an additional Airport Surcharge for all trips originating from the Airport:

  • Fri–Sun (5:00 pm – 12:00 am): S$5 Airport Surcharge
  • All other times: S$3 Airport Surcharge
  • Midnight surcharge (12:00 am – 6:00 am): 50% of final metered fare
  • Peak-hour surcharge (6:00 am – 9:30 am, Mon – Fri and 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, Mon – Sun): 25% of final metered fare

Train

To get to the city, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station (CG2) to Tanah Merah MRT Station (EW4), then transfer to the East West Line towards Tuas Link MRT Station (EW33).

To get to Park Avenue Rochester Hotel, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah MRT Station, then take the East West Line and alight at Buona Vista MRT Station (EW21). Take exit C, head Southwest on North Buona Vista Road and walk 350 metres to Park Avenue Rochester Hotel.

To get to Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah MRT Station, then take the East West Line and alight at Bugis MRT Station (EW12). Take exit A, head Southwest on Victoria Street and walk 550 metres to Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen.

To get to Hilton Singapore, take the train from Changi Airport MRT Station to Tanah Merah MRT Station, then take the East West Line. Change at City Hall MRT Station (EW13) on to the North South Line towards Jurong East, alight at Somerset MRT Station (NS23). Take exit E, head Northeast and turn left onto Orchard Road and walk 700 metres to Hilton Singapore which will be on the left.

First Train

  • Monday to Saturday: 5:31 am
  • Sunday and public holidays: 5:59 am

Last Train

  • Connecting to Tuas Link: 11:18 pm, daily
  • Connecting to Pasir Ris: 12:06 am, daily

Get detailed train timings on the SMRT Journey Planner.

There are plenty of easy ways to stay in touch and get connected to your friends and loved ones while you are in Singapore.

Prepaid SIM card

If you wish to continue making calls and sending messages on your mobile phone, a good option will be to purchase a Singapore prepaid SIM card. All three local telcos - M1, Singtel and Starhub - offer a wide variety of packages, so take a little time to decide which plan best suits your needs. You can choose from bundles for local and international calls and SMSes and select varying amounts of local mobile data. Durations typically range from five to thirty or more days.

Prepaid SIM cards are easily purchased at the telcos’ retail counters and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Cheers through the island, as well as at Singapore Changi Airport at Changi Recommends, currency exchange and telcos’ retail counters. You will have to produce your passport for registration when purchasing a prepaid SIM card.

Pocket Wi-Fi

You can also choose to connect to the Internet from multiple devices with a pocket Wi-Fi device. This is simply a mobile hotspot that provides data access via the cellphone network for your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone wherever you go in Singapore.

This is recommended if you carry a few devices, desire Wi-Fi connectivity and do not intend to make many phone calls. Pocket Wi-Fi devices are available for rental at the Changi Recommends counters at the Singapore Changi Airport, and you can conveniently drop off the devices at the Changi Recommends counters just before your return flight. There are other pocket Wi-Fi rental companies available in Singapore, and if you prefer to search and pre-register online, these companies offer easy delivery and return of the pocket Wi-Fi device to and from your hotel.

Free Public Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi hotspots are also widely available at various public areas in Singapore. Here are some options.

Wireless@SG

This is a free public Wi-Fi service across Singapore, with hotspots available at many locations, including malls, museums, public libraries, community centres, MRT stations, Changi Airport and Sentosa island. An updated list of hotspot coverage is available here. You can also look out for the Wireless@SG decal on display wherever this network is available, as well as the SSID Wireless@SG on your device. To get connected, register for an account with your foreign mobile number at any Wireless@SG hotspot and you will receive your login details via an SMS message. Overseas charges may apply.

Changi Airport

Free Wi-Fi service is available in the transit areas of Changi Airport with #WiFi@Changi. Find out more here.

Shopping Malls

Free Wi-Fi service is offered and available for login at some shopping malls, restaurants and cafes in Singapore. This service is usually displayed prominently for customers but do feel free to enquire directly or at the malls’ information counters for Wi-Fi access.

2G Networks

From 1 April 2017, all three telcos in Singapore – M1, Singtel and Starhub – will cease the provision of the 2G network in Singapore. Visitors are advised to bring along a 3G or 4G enabled mobile device when visiting Singapore. If your existing operator does not support 3G or 4G roaming, you can purchase a prepaid SIM card on arrival so you can be instantly connected.

The Singapore dollar (SGD, known on the street as the "sing-dollar") is Singapore's official unit of currency. Paper notes are denominated in $2, $5, $10, and $50 (less commonly seen are $100, $500, $1,000 and $10,000 bills). Coins come in 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents and $1 denominations.

Cash or Card?

For many larger retail outlets, they will take most credit cards. It varies significantly when purchasing in smaller retail outlets so it is advisable to check with individual retailer.

For many hawker centres (local eateries), it is best to take cash with you as they are unlikely to have credit card facilities available.

For taxis, as a general rule there is a 10% administration fee on all credit card payments. Please check with individual taxi driver as some taxi companies do not take credit cards.

Time zone

GMT/UTC+8

Electricity

220 - 240V

Drinking Water

It is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap in Singapore. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, local supermarkets and grocers always have ample stocks.

Singapore Weather

As it always is in Singapore, the weather in July will be hot, though just slightly drier than other times of the year. Sudden, unexpected downpours are common, but the rain stops just as quickly as it starts, and then it will be hot and humid again as if it never rained. If you bring a portable umbrella with you, you’ll stay relatively dry. Keep in mind that the haze may continue throughout the summer months, if you or anyone traveling with you has breathing issues. The average high temperature remains a steady 31°C, and there is an average of 150mm of rainfall that comes down over 19 days this month. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 150mm.)

Need a Visa?

You can find out if you need a visa to visit Singapore, as well as details on the expected time and process, using Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Check your Country

If you require a letter of invitation to support a visa application, please be sure to provide sufficient lead time for the processing of the letter. The organizers request that these participants register early. A letter of guarantee will be sent from the conference organizers upon providing a receipt of the paid conference registration fee and of a hotel accommodation in Singapore.

Explore Singapore



Travel Grants

The Asia-Pacific Singapore 2019 Program Team will have some limited travel grants available for young and emerging scholar paper presenters. Applications are open from now until Wednesday 17 April 2019. There are limited travel grants available in the sum of up to 500 US Dollars and are subject to the following criteria:

The successful applicant:

  1. Must be an ISA member in good standing;
  2. Must have completed the registration process for ISA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2019;
  3. Must be a scholar based in a low or middle income country in the ISA Asia-Pacific Region;
  4. Must be enrolled on a PhD Programme or be an Early Career Researcher/Teacher at an institution of higher education in the ISA Asia-Pacific Region;
  5. Must provide supporting documentation for the application;
  6. Must only submit 1 application per person. In the event multiple applications are received for one individual, only the first application received will be considered.

If you meet the above criteria and provide supporting documentation then your application for a travel grant will be considered by the Travel Grant Award Committee. All decisions made by the committee are final. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Apply for a Travel Grant


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