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Living in Asia guide

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Generalities

General information
  • 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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  • Located in South-East Asia, the Philippines is a conducive destination for expatriation thanks to its pleasant environment and stability in all aspects.

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  • By moving to Malaysia, you will be exposed not only to a different culture and lifestyle but also to a vibrant and diverse economy.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • 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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  • Before traveling to the Philippines, it is best to inquire on related entry formalities and procedures. In general, you will have to apply for a visa.

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  • If you wish to travel to Malaysia, you should first inquire about entry requirements in the country, especially in terms of visas.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
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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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  • New guide "Work visas in Singapore", please replace the old (and outdated) one with this!

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • You will be allowed to work in Bangkok after you have landed a job and applied for a work permit. You can be hired in the fields of management, catering and hospitality.

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  • Sihanoukville is above all a tourist city. So if you are looking for a job there, start by the tourism sector which is the main job provider.

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  • Siem Reap, which is one of Cambodia's major cities, provides various career opportunities to foreign professionals wishing to move there.

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  • Thanks to its developed economy, Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital city, provides many job opportunities to skilled foreigners.

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  • To work in Cambodia, you will have to obtain a work visa. You are also advised to inquire on the labor market's requirements and working conditions.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • 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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  • If you are moving to Cambodia, finding accommodation will probably be one of your priorities. You can choose from a range of options.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Foreigners are the most welcome to study in Cambodia's universities and other private and public higher education institutions.

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  • Hong Kong hosts several types of higher education institutions, including post-secondary schools, universities, vocational schools, etc.

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  • Each year, India welcomes thousands of worldwide foreign students looking forward to study in one of its several prestigious universities.

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  • The Philippines is a very welcoming towards foreigners wishing to pursue their higher studies there provided they have obtained a study visa.

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  • In July 2014, the UNESCO ranked Malaysia as the 11th most preferred destinations for higher studies worldwide.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • 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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  • Health care will probably be one of your major concerns during your stay in the Philippines. No need to worry: health services are easily available.

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  • Malaysia has a developed health care system which offers quality services. Moreover, many foreigners visit the country for special care.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • 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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  • Malaysia hosts many national and international banks where you can consider opening a bank account if you have decided to settle there.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • 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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  • There are different types of taxes in Malaysia: road tax, consumption tax, property tax, income tax, etc. These also apply to foreigners.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Find, in this article, all that you need to know about public transportation in Bangkok.

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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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  • New Delhi, the Indian capital city, has a well developed transports network consisting of trains, buses, taxis, as well as the famous rickshaw.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • To be able to drive in Singapore, you will need an international driver's license which is valid for one year. If you intend to stay for more than a year in the country, you will have to apply for a national driver's license with the traffic police.

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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
  • 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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  • Relocating to Malaysia 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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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • 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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  • India has a very developed telephony market consisting of several phone service providers offering various competitive services.

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  • India is one of the most connected countries worldwide thanks to a developed telecommunications market including several Internet service providers.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you are traveling to Cambodia, you are not likely to get bored there. Most of its cities offer a range of leisure activities to foreigners.

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  • After a tiring working week, there are various ways to relax in Hong Kong: cultural events, sports, places of interest, festivals and shows, etc.

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  • Besides shopping, walks and cultural events, there are several other ways to keep yourself busy in Hong Kong, namely sports activities.

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  • Sports are very popular in almost the whole of India. You can attend matches live, watch broadcasts on TV, and even practice the sports you like.

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  • New Delhi, the Indian capital city, is rich in leisure activities, ranging from museums and monuments to shopping malls and markets.

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Miscellaneous

  • Traveling to Cambodia with your pet requires appropriate planning. But above all, it should be immunized against rabies.

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  • You are probably wondering what life is all about in Cambodia which is a country where war has attempted to wipe out centuries of culture and lifestyles.

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  • To be allowed to travel to Hong Kong with your pet, you have to request for a special import permit from local authorities.

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  • Hong Kong inhabitants' lifestyle is a bright mixture of modernism with ancient traditions and customs which you can discover during your stay.

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