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Living in Singapore guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Singapore with the expat 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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  • What's the weather like in Singapore? This article gives you the good news and the bad news.

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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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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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  • New guide "Work visas in Singapore", please replace the old (and outdated) one with this!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
  • 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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  • An employment pass is valid for a year, sometimes longer. In cases where the work run-time is pushed forward or extended, you're required to extend your EP too. This used to be quite a tedious process. However, not so long ago, the Ministry of Manpower greatly streamlined the process.

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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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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Singapore is an education hub for international students. It hosts prestigious universities that offer first-class education.

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  • Education for childrens. Information to help expats working in Singapore choosing school for their kids.

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Health care

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

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account

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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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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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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Removal

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

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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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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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  • 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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  • I am a 34 yr. old American female. I moved here with my husband 5 months ago when his company transferred him. My husband is a Spanish citizen. We are both journalists and had lived and worked in Washington DC for the past decade.

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