Banking and money changers

Banking hours are Mondays to Fridays from 1000 to 1500. Most banks handle travellers' cheques and change foreign currencies. Some do not have foreign exchange dealings on Saturdays. Passports are required when cashing in travellers' cheques. Apart from banks, money can be changed at licensed money changers.


The local currency is Singapore dollars and cents. The US and Australian dollar, Japanese yen and British pound are accepted in some of the major shopping centres and departmental stores.

Drinking water

It is safe to drink straight from the tap in Singapore.


Singapore's voltage is 220-240 volts AC, 50 cycles a second. Power plugs are three-pin and square-shaped (i.e British Standards BS 1363 or Type G).

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

A 7% GST (effective July 2007) is levied in Singapore, but foreign visitors may reclaim the GST paid on purchases if they spend a minimum of $100.00 at any store where the "Tax Free Shopping" logo is displayed and they present their passports to obtain a completed Global Refund Cheque. GST refunds can then be claimed upon departure at Singapore Changi Airport with the presentation of the goods purchased, the receipts and Global Refund Cheques.


Tipping is not a common practice in Singapore and is prohibited at the airport. Most hotels and restaurants already levy a 10% service charge on customers' bills.

Laws and restrictions

Chewing gum is banned in Singapore. Smoking is not allowed in most public places and serious action is brought against drug offenders.

Payphone and telecommunication services

Public payphones are operated by credit card and/or stored value phonecards and can be used to make both local and international calls. Internation Calling Cards are available at all post offices, 7-11 convenience stores and many other retail outlets.

Public transport

Singapore has a comprehensive public transport system comprised of a bus and train (MRT) network. Commuters use a common stored-value card for trips on both networks (EZ-link card). EZ-link cards can be purchased and topped up at any bus interchange or MRT station. Cabs in Singapore are extremely common and reliable, and charge fixed rates from the meter.

Delegates will be staying at the Hwa Chong Boarding School for the duration of the Summit. The rules and regulations of the boarding school are as listed below:

1) General Office - Should you require any assistance, please approach our staff at the General Office or Security Guardhouse who will contact our Duty Staff after office hours.

2) Accommodation. - Students will share common facilities within the cluster, which include toilets, a pantry and a television lounge.

3) Facilities - Laundry Facilities
i. Centralised drop-off of soiled linen and collection of cleaning linen at HCIBS's Launderette (between Hall B & C).
ii. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
iii. Drop-off time from 1930hrs - 2030hrs.
iv. Turnaround will be the next collection day (e.g. drop-off of soiled laundry on Monday, return of cleaned laundry on Wednesday.)
v. Should collection day fall on a public holiday, laundry will be collected / returned the next working day.

- Self-launderette (Halls B, E & G) - 50 cents per wash or dry. Approximately 30 mins each.
Operating hours: 6.00am to 11.00pm daily.

- Blue Tea Cafe (Hall A) - Convenience store and cafeteria.
Operating hours: 12.00noon to 11.00pm daily (except Sundays)

4) Dining Hall / Function Room Etiquette - Please observe our dress code (No slippers or scanty attire).
- Breakfast time - 0545 hrs- 0730 hrs (Monday - Friday) & 0630hrs - 0830hrs (Sat & Sun)
- Dinner time - 1800 hrs - 2000 hrs (Monday - Sunday)

5) Quiet hours / Lights-out - The following quiet hours are to be observed:
- Sunday - Thursday - Between 8pm to 10pm and after 11pm
- Friday & Saturday - After 11.30pm
- Lights-out time is to be observed after 11pm (Sunday - Thursday) & 11.30pm (Friday & Saturday).

6) Medical Attention - Participants who feel unwell and require medical attention, please seek assistance from General Office or Security Guardhouse to contact our Duty Staff.
- A Teacher-In-Charge or Organiser is to accompany the unwell participant to nearby clinic
- Nearby clinics are easily accessible within the vicinity.

7) Identification Passes / Smartcards and Security - All participants should carry / display their identification passes whilst in the boarding school.
- All participants are reminded to take care of their personal belongings / valuables.
- All door access is controlled by smartcards. For security reasons, please ensure all doors are closed after opening. In the event of smartcard loss, please report to General Office immediately.
- An administrative charge will be imposed if smartcard is reported lost.

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