Updated Advisory on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated February 14, 2020

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its spread, mainly in mainland China, is continuing to raise concerns all over the world. We would like to provide you with an update on the current situation in regard to the ITI World Symposium in Singapore.

We are continuously monitoring the situation globally and in particular in Singapore and the surrounding region closely. At this point, the ITI World Symposium 2020 is scheduled to take place as planned on May 14 – 16, 2020. We are continuing with the preparations at full speed and look forward to presenting you a great World Symposium.

Our first priority is the protection, safety and well-being of all the participants. We have full confidence in the Singapore health authorities and their measures to prevent the disease taking hold and deal with individual cases (67 confirmed cases as at February 14, 2020). The healthcare system in Singapore is run to a very high standard and is regularly ranked among the best globally. The above allows us to believe that the coronavirus in Singapore can be held firmly in check. The regular updates issued by the Singapore Ministry of Health indicate that they have an effective and transparent crisis response system in place to process suspected cases efficiently.  As at this time (February 14, 2020), no country has banned travel to Singapore.

Attendees from China
At this stage we expect that our colleagues from China might not be able to attend if Singapore continues to close its borders to all foreign travelers from China. While we sincerely regret the possible absence of the largest expected delegation at our flagship event, we fully understand this protective measure taken by the Singapore government. If Singapore re-opens its borders with China, we look forward to welcoming the Chinese delegation to the ITI World Symposium.

Safety within the event premises
We are working closely with our venue provider Singapore Expo to implement optimal precautionary measures on location to keep the risk of transmission to an absolute minimum and enable a safe environment for our event. These include:

  • Temperature screening at entry
  • Disinfection of registration counters & self-check-in stations
  • Increased cleaning frequency
  • Increased number of hand sanitizers at numerous places
  • Increased air circulation
  • Health advisory signage and digital billboards
  • Staff health monitoring of all partners and contractors of Singapore Expo

Recommendations
In the run-up to the ITI World Symposium 2020, we have the following recommendations for traveling to Singapore:

  • Check your personal health insurance coverage
  • Make sure you have travel insurance
  • Check your country's guidelines and recommendations for travel to Singapore
  • Check your own health status before traveling
  •  Follow this link to consult the World Health Organization's latest Q&A on coronaviruses

 

Q&A: Coronavirus and the ITI World Symposium 2020 

Are you planning to postpone or cancel the ITI World Symposium?

We are taking the matter very seriously and are monitoring the situation globally and in particular in Singapore and the region closely. At this point, we have no plans to postpone or cancel the ITI World Symposium 2020 and are continuing with the preparations at full speed.

Why does the ITI feel confident about holding the World Symposium while other large events around the globe have been suspended?

The proactive approach of the Singapore health authorities in tracing and isolating any known cases along with their measures to prevent the disease taking hold within the country gives us the level of confidence needed to continue with the preparations. We have also noted that other organizers of dental events in Singapore are taking the same approach. In addition, the healthcare system in Singapore is run to a very high standard and is regularly ranked among the best globally.

What is the current situation in Singapore right now?

The Singapore Ministry of Health is issuing daily updates on the local situation regarding the coronavirus on their website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19. No country has banned travel to Singapore (as at February 14, 2020).

Is the ITI monitoring the situation in Singapore?

We are taking the matter very seriously and are monitoring the situation globally and in particular in Singapore and the region closely. We are ready to respond immediately, should the situation change dramatically.

What has to happen for the World Symposium 2020 to be cancelled?

At this point, the ITI World Symposium 2020 is still scheduled to take place as planned on May 14 – 16, 2020 and we are continuing with the preparations at full speed. Our first priority is the protection, safety and well-being of all participants. We are monitoring the situation globally and in particular in Singapore and the region closely and are ready to respond immediately, should the situation change dramatically and Singapore closes its borders.

Will registration fees be refunded if the ITI World Symposium 2020 is cancelled?

Should the ITI World Symposium 2020 be cancelled, all registration fees that have been paid will be refunded.

Will registration fees be refunded if my country of origin issues a travel ban to Singapore?

Should the authorities of your country of residence issue an official travel ban to Singapore, all registration fees that have been paid will be refunded. This does not include travel warnings published by foreign ministries.

Will my registration fee be refunded if flights to Singapore from my country of departure are cancelled?

Should flights from your country of departure to Singapore be cancelled, our standard cancellation policy applies:

Cancellations...

 

...received by March 30, 2020: 100% refund less USD 50 processing fee
...received by April 13, 2020: 50% refund less USD 50 processing fee
...received after April 13, 2020: No refund will be issued


Should the authorities of your country of residence issue an official travel ban to Singapore, all registration fees that have been paid will be refunded. This does not include travel warnings published by foreign ministries.

Until when can I cancel my registration?

In line with our cancellation policy:

Cancellations...

 

...received by March 30, 2020: 100% refund less USD 50 processing fee
...received by April 13, 2020: 50% refund less USD 50 processing fee
...received after April 13, 2020: No refund will be issued

 

Should the authorities of your country of residence issue an official travel ban to Singapore, all registration fees that have been paid will be refunded. This does not include travel warnings published by foreign ministries.

Should I book my ticket to Singapore now?

We have every intention of holding the ITI World Symposium 2020 from May 14 – 16 in Singapore and recommend you book your flight and accommodation now. As an extra precaution we recommend you take out travel insurance. This should cover the possibility of cancellation with a refund for your ticket.

I am thinking about cancelling my trip. Will a refund be possible?

Refunds of your registration fee will be made in line with our cancellation policy:

Cancellations...

 

...received by March 30, 2020: 100% refund less USD 50 processing fee
...received by April 13, 2020: 50% refund less USD 50 processing fee
...received after April 13, 2020: No refund will be issued

 

Should the authorities of your country of residence issue an official travel ban to Singapore, all registration fees that have been paid will be refunded. This does not include travel warnings published by foreign ministries.

Will I be reimbursed for the travel and accommodation if the World Symposium 2020 is cancelled?

As travel and accommodation are not booked through the ITI, we cannot refund your outlay for these items. For peace of mind we recommend you take out travel insurance if you have not already done so.

What happens if I fall ill in Singapore? Will I get good healthcare and who covers the costs?

The healthcare system in Singapore is run to a very high standard and is regularly ranked among the best globally. Coverage of costs that might be incurred will depend on your personal health insurance.

Can I enter Singapore without any problems?

Entry into Singapore depends on visa requirements and travel documents. On entering and exiting the country, your temperature is currently scanned automatically. In addition, at the moment all foreign travelers coming from China are not allowed entry into Singapore.

Is the ITI planning any precautionary measures on-site in Singapore?

We are working closely with our venue provider Singapore Expo to implement optimal precautionary measures on location to keep the risk of transmission to an absolute minimum and enable a safe environment for our event. These include:

  • Temperature screening at entry
  • Disinfection of registration counters & self-check-in stations
  • Increased cleaning frequency
  • Increased number of hand sanitizers at numerous places
  • Increased air circulation
  • Health advisory signage and digital billboards
  • Staff health monitoring of all partners and contractors of Singapore Expo

 
We are also ready to implement any additional precautionary measures that the authorities require in order to protect all ITI World Symposium attendees.

How effective is the Singapore health system?

The healthcare system in Singapore is run to a very high standard and is regularly ranked among the best globally.

Will participants from China be attending the event?

At this stage we expect that our colleagues from China might not be able to attend if Singapore continues to close its borders to all foreign travelers from China. While we sincerely regret the possible absence of the largest expected delegation at our flagship event, we fully understand this protective measure taken by the Singapore government. If Singapore re-opens its borders with China, we look forward to welcoming the Chinese delegation to the ITI World Symposium.

Where can I find the latest information about the current situation of coronavirus and the World Symposium?

Keep returning to this page and also consult Singapore’s Ministry of Health website.

How is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) transmitted and how can I protect myself?

COVID-19 is likely to be spread mostly via droplets. The virus is carried within droplets emitted from an infected person over a short distance, such as when the person coughs or sneezes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently suggests the following measures to protect yourself from infection:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene by covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Discard tissues immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets.
  • Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products.

For further information on how to protect yourself, go to the World Health Organization advice to the public page.

Am I at significant risk as a healthy individual?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO): “As with other respiratory illnesses, infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as, diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.”

SCIENTIFIC HOST ORGANIZATION
ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Headquarters

Peter Merian-Strasse 88
4052 Basel, Switzerland

ITI World Symposium | Singapore May 14-16 2020

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