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Living in Asia guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Singapore is a country which attracts thousands of expatriates every year, due to its rapid economic development, political and cultural stability.

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  • Singapore has emerged as a commercial centre in South East Asia, and its fascinating history has contributed to the great state it has become.

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  • Cambodia, located on the Indochinese Peninsula, is a very welcoming country towards foreigners. Phnom Penh, for instance, is a multicultural city.

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  • Hong Kong is one of China's two special administrative regions, divided into three zones, namely the Southern Island, Kowloon and New Territories.

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  • India is known to be one of the world's biggest and most densely populated country's, having a very diversified economy that attracts many foreigners.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • There are different procedures to get married in Singapore, depending on both your and your spouses residency statuses.

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  • Citizens of several countries do not need a visa to travel to Singapore provided they are going to stay for less than 90 days.

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  • Foreigners wishing to travel to Cambodia may need an appropriate visa according to the length and purpose of their stay in the country.

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  • You can choose among different types of visas to travel to India, namely the tourism visa, the business visa, the employment visa, etc.

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  • Regardless of their nationality, foreigners are allowed to get married in India, provided they comply with certain requirements.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • To work in Singapore you will need a professional visa. You can choose from different types of employment passes.

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  • To travel to Cambodia, you can choose from different types of visas according to the purpose of your stay: tourist visa, work visa, business visa, etc.

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  • To be allowed to work in India, foreigners must have secured an employment contract and obtained a work visa beforehand.

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  • Whether you are moving to India to work, study, or for business purposes, you are required to apply for a visa on the India Visa Online website.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • The job market in Singapore is rich, and there are different ways to search for vacancies, such as recruitment and company websites.

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  • If you wish to do an internship in Singapore, you must first find a sponsor. Once you have received an offer, you can apply for an internship.

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  • Setting up a business in Singapore generally requires a capital of about S$ 50 000. You should also apply for a professional visa or an investor visa.

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  • Singapore's labour market is quite open to expatriates. Note that there is no minimum wage in Singapore.

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  • Finding a job will probably be one of your first priorities if you dream of settling in Malaysia. The country's labor market is quite open to foreigners.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Singapore has numerous housing options, from flats to houses, however it is important to note that the city is well-known for its high cost of living.

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  • If you are moving to Cambodia for a long term, you might want to purchase a property. Procedures are quite complicated, but not unconquerable.

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  • Sihanoukville, which is one of Cambodia's major expatriate destinations, provides a range of accommodation options at affordable prices.

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  • Located near the famous Angkor archaeological complex, Siem Reap is very welcoming towards expatriates, providing different types of accommodation.

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  • Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city, provides a range of accommodation for foreigners along with a beautiful landscape and a lively environment.

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Study

Student visa, University registration

Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Singapore has private and public hospitals and clinics. Healthcare services are excellent.

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  • Foreigners wishing to travel to Cambodia are advised to subscribe to a private health insurance although the country has a fair health care system.

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  • Hong Kong is deemed to have one of the world's best health care systems, although it represents considerable expenses.

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  • Before traveling to India, it is wise to inquire on the health risks that exist in the country so as to take all precautionary measures.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • There are many personal banking options in Singapore and the procedure for opening an account is quite straightforward.

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  • Formalities regarding the opening of a bank account in Cambodia are quite simple. The use of the US dollar is quite widespread there.

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  • If you are working in Hong Kong, opening a local bank account will almost be essential. Procedures are rather simple, but a deposit will be required.

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  • India hosts several national, regional banks, as well as branches of international banks where foreigners can open a bank account.

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  • To open a bank account in the Philippines, you can choose between local and international banks which provide more or less the same facilities.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Income tax is deducted at the source in Singapore, with non-residents paying up to 20% tax. If you work for less than 60 days, you may be exempt.

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  • Foreigners living and working in Cambodia have to pay income tax, whether or not they are residents. Other taxes also apply to them.

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  • Local taxes in Hong Kong apply both to individuals and companies. In fact, different types of taxes are deducted from revenue.

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  • During your stay in India, whether you are there to work or to set up a business, you are likely to pay different types of taxes.

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  • Different types of taxes apply to locals and foreigners in the Philippines, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT), among others.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Several means of transport are available in Singapore: aeroplane, bus, metro, taxi and car rental. Fares are rather affordable.

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  • Phnom Penh hosts different traditional and modern means of transport which can take you anywhere across the city and elsewhere as well.

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  • Cambodia hosts a wide transport network, including of several modern and traditional means of transport which can take you anywhere.

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  • You do not really need a car to move around Hong Kong thanks to a developed public transport network including the bus, tram, train, ferry, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • A valid foreign license or International Driving License can be used for periods less than a year, after which you will need to apply for a local license.

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  • You are allowed to drive in Cambodia if you have a valid driver's license, that is by converting your original driver's license.

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  • You are allowed to drive in Hong Kong provided you have a valid driver's license. You therefore have to request for a local driver's license.

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  • If you are making a short stay in India, you are allowed to drive there provided you have an international driver's license. But it can be quite risky.

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  • Foreign nationals who wish to drive in the Philippines either have to convert their existing driver's license or obtain a local driver's license.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Many international moving companies offer services for transfer and relocation to Singapore.

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  • Relocating to Cambodia requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to Hong Kong requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to India requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Relocating to the Philippines requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities for you.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • To stay in touch with family and friends from Singapore, you can choose between using a landline or a mobile phone, with plenty of options available.

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  • The various internet service providers in Singapore offer several types of services: narrow band, broadband and wireless connection at competitive rates.

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  • It is essential to have useful numbers within reach, especially when relocating in a foreign country. Here are useful numbers in Cambodia.

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  • Cambodia has a good telecommunications network coverage, providing land line and mobile phone services, as well as Internet.

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  • Hong Kong has a very developed telecommunications system whereby you will have no trouble in making phone calls and accessing to Internet.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Singapore is in an ideal location for those hoping to venture out and explore more of South East Asia.

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  • Singapore has eateries covering every cuisine, with options ranging from low-cost street food to Michelin starred restaurants.

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  • Sports aficionados will be glad to hear that Singapore has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor venues for practising your favourite pastimes.

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  • Whether you are just looking to have a few drinks after work or a night out on the town, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs in Singapore.

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  • You can enjoy your stay in Singapore by exploring its various cultural riches and historical landscapes. The country has much to offer to expatriates.

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Miscellaneous

  • To travel to Singapore, your pet must have a vaccination certificate against rabies and an import license from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.

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  • The Singaporean child care system is quite developed. All institutions are licensed by the Early Childhood Development Agency.

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  • All goods and products imported to Singapore are subject to customs duty, with the policies being strictly enforced.

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  • It is possible for non-Thais to become a monk in Thailand, just not common, and it may not make sense to

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