Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is BookFest@Singapore?

BookFest@Singapore is a books and stationery festival featuring leading publishers and distributors from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. It is a one-stop venue for a comprehensive range of the best and latest publications, together with stationery, electronic peripherals and educational aids.

Q. When is the BookFest@Singapore 2016?

BookFest@Singapore 2016 will take place from 2 to 11 December 2016, and will be open from 10am-10pm.

Q. Where is the BookFest@Singapore 2016?

BookFest@Singapore 2016 will take place at Suntec Convention Hall 401 - 406.

Q. Why 10 days?

The exhibition stretches over 2 weekends (2 Fridays, 2 Saturdays & 2 Sundays) and it falls on the Nov/Dec school holiday. That means you have a total of 6 days of weekend sales. We are expecting 500,000 visitors throughout the exhibition.

Q. Why is it held at Suntec Singapore?

Situated next to the Central Business District, Suntec Singapore is at the heart of a self-contained, totally integrated events infrastructure, and only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport - where most major Asian capital cities are within a six-hour radius flying time. It offers a convenience no other venue can match - capacity to host events for 10 to 20,000 people, direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants and even a world-class performing arts centre.

Q. Who are the target consumers?

Book lovers, Students, Educators, Book retailers, Distributors and Families.

Q. Where do I find more information about BookFest@Singapore 2016?

For enquiries, please call (65) 6462 9555 or email feedback@popularworld.com

Q. I will be visiting Singapore for the first time. What customs formalities should I observe when I arrive at the airport?

We welcome you to Singapore. For a pleasant journey, we would advise travelers to set aside a few minutes to familiarize themselves with our Customs requirements. Please check our Customs website for our traveler’s guide through Singapore Customs.

Tips for Travelers

Do not be tempted to carry goods for others
You will be held liable if the goods are, or contain prohibited, controlled, restricted or taxable items.

The Red and Green channel system 
The Red and Green Channel System is a self-elective system. The decision as to which channel to use is, therefore, entirely up to the traveler. By electing the Green Channel, you are deemed to declare that you do not have anything to declare to the authorities. It is an offense under the law to proceed to the Green Channel with taxable goods which exceed the GST/duty-free allowance or any goods which no GST/duty-free allowance is granted.

A true and complete declaration 
Making an incorrect declaration is an offense under the law. Please therefore declare goods which you think may fall under the category prohibited or controlled and any item in excess of your GST/duty-free concessions or any item that is not granted GST/duty-free concession. If in doubt, always refer to the Red Channel or check Customs website for more details. 

Baggage examination
Under the law, you are required to produce, open,  and unpack your baggage for Customs examination and to repack it thereafter. You may be directed to the X-ray machine for scanning of your baggage. Please declare any dutiable/taxable goods or goods in excess of your GST/duty-free concession to the officer there at before your luggage is scanned. 

Bringing in medicine for personal use
If you need to bring in medicines (especially sleeping pills, depressants, stimulants, etc.) for your physical well-being while traveling, you must possess a physician prescription certifying so..

Tourist refund scheme
You may as a visitor to Singapore claim for refund of the GST paid on your purchases. For inSave formation about the Tourist Refund Scheme, please check Customs website