LanguageThe official language of the 10th IFNE Congress of Neuroendoscopy is English.
Time ZoneSingapore Standard Time (SST), also known as Singapore Time (SGT), is used in Singapore and is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8)
Liability & InsuranceThe Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the Congress Secretariat assumes any liability.
Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.
Safety & SecurityPlease do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.
In any emergency call 999 and ask for ambulance, fire or police when connected.
ClimateAs Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator, its weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons. Rain falls almost daily throughout the year, usually in sudden so it's wise to carry an umbrella at all times, both as a shade from the sun or cover from the rain.
The temperature averages around 32°C (89.6°F) daytime and 24°C (75.2°F) at night.
ClothingThe dress code for IFNE Congress 2023 is business formal for all occasions unless stated otherwise.
ElectricityIn Singapore, the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Currency & ExchangeThe Singaporean currency is the Singapore dollar, symbolized SGD, S$ or just $ divided into 100 cents.
There are coins of $0.05 (gold), $0.10 (silver), $0.20 (silver), $0.50 (silver) and $1 (gold), plus notes of $2 (purple), $5 (green), $10 (red), $50 (blue), $100 (orange), $1000 (purple) and $10000 (gold).
ATMs are ubiquitous in Singapore and credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler's cheques are generally not accepted by retailers but can be cashed at most exchange booths. eZ-Link and Nets Flash Pay cards are accepted in some convenience stores and fast food chains.
Currency exchange booths can be found in every shopping mall and usually offer better rates, better opening hours and much faster service than banks.
TaxGoods and services tax (GST), where applicable, is required by law to be included in the listed price of goods except for major hotels and some restaurants. The "++" after the prices (e.g. 10$++) means that service charge (10%) and GST (7%) are not yet included in the listed price and will be added to your bill later. When you see NETT, it means it includes all taxes and service charges.
TippingIt is generally not practiced in Singapore, and is officially frowned upon by the government, although bellhops still expect $2 or so per bag. Taxis will usually return your change to the last cent, or round in your favor if they can't be bothered to dig for change.