INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR      DISEASES OF THE ESOPHAGUS

Congress & Local Information

Congress Venue

The MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO is the congress venue of the 15th World Congress of the ISDE.

Singapore EXPO is located in the vibrant eastern part of Singapore, beside the Changi Business Park. It is conveniently located 5 minutes from Changi International Airport and 15 minutes from the Central Business District; at the crossroads of 3 main expressways. The conference venue has a dedicated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station with trains arriving every 5 minutes from Changi International Airport. 

 
The MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO
1 Expo Drive #02-01 
Singapore 486150

 


Official Language

The official language of the Congress is English.

Dress Code

The dress code for the Congress is business casual. Jacket and ties are not mandatory for any events.

Accommodation Information

The Congress Secretariat (International Conference Services) is the official housing bureau for the 15th World Congress of the ISDE and will offer assistance with the coordination of housing requirements for the Congress. Special room rates have been negotiated and will be available to Congress delegates only.

Travel Agent

The official travel agent for the 15th World Congress of the ISDE is Flight Centre. 

Email: Ryan.Phillips@flightcentre.ca
North America Toll Free: +1 866 711 8800
International: +1 604 718 8800

Transport from the Airport

Singapore Changi Airport is located 3.7 miles or 6 kilometers from the congress venue, which is approximately 10-15 minutes drive away. Taxis are readily available at Singapore Changi Airport and the journey will take about 10-15 minutes and will cost $20-$40 SGD.

Congress delegates can also take the train from the airport to the congress venue. The train ride takes 15 minutes. 

Public Transport around Singapore

Singapore's public transport network allows easy travel around the city - it includes buses and mass rapid transit systems. Taxis can also be hailed from the street.

Time Zone

Singapore is located in the Singapore Time Zone (UTC +08:00) 

About Singapore

Dynamic is the word that best describes Singapore – a vibrant, cosmopolitan city-state where different cultures, ethnic groups and religions blend harmoniously. A bridge between the East and the West for centuries, Singapore, located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity today. Brimming with unbridled energy and bursting with exciting events, the city-state offers countless unique memorable experiences waiting to be discovered. 

Visa & Customs

Most visitors coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and would be given social visit passes. If you are unsure if a visa is required, you can check with the Immigration & Check- point Authority (http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=96) or with your local consular office. 

Currency

The Singapore Dollar (SGD) is the official currency in Singapore. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.

Notes are in denominations of $1000, $100, $50, $10, $5, $2

Coins are in denominations of $1, $0.50, $0.20, $0.10, $0.05

Banking

You can find Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in most convenience stores, hotel lobbies and other public places.

Credit Cards are welcome at most establishments throughout Singapore.

Climate

In the tropics, Singapore is warm and humid all year-round, with temperatures in the day usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief. 

Tipping / Gratuities

Restaurant tipping is left to the customer discretion, but the customary amount is 10%. It is also customary to tip bell service for luggage handling, housekeeping, and taxi drivers.

Electricity

Singapore operates on 220-240V, 50Hz, which is the same as in the United Kingdom (British 3-Pin). Visitors should bring a plug adapter if they wish to use their own small appliances from home (razors, hair dryers, laptops, etc.).

Smoking

In Singapore you are not allowed to smoke in any air-conditioned places, such as malls and eateries and some common spaces, such as public bus stops. 

Zika Virus

Delegates should protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long, covered clothing, applying insect-repellent and staying in air-conditioned rooms. They should seek medical attention promptly if they become unwell. For more information see https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/Current_Issues/2016/zika-virus.html



 
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