Singapore

So you are moving to Singapore

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. Singapore is an increasingly popular destination for professional expats. There are nearly 50,000 British expats and an estimated 26,000 Americans.
  2. Singapore has a tropical climate, making it warm and humid. It rains throughout te year but fairly persistently during the monsoon season (November to January)
  3. All visitors to Singapore must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from their time of arrival. Visitors from some countries will be required to also have a visa. Singapore places great emphasis on the personal appearance and behaviour of people who visit and stay in its country. Men with long hair that touches their eyebrows or shoulders may be detained on suspicion, and possibly refused entry.
  4. Thanks in part to its colonial past, but more directly and recently due to its great economic success, Singapore has been home to expatriates from all over the world for a long time. - See more at:
  5. Reflecting its multi-cultural background there are many languages spoken in Singapore. Its official languages are English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil.
  6. Since 2009 the Singapore government has brought in a number of measures to curb house price inflation. This has been much more successful than efforts made in other countries with house prices expected to fall by 8% this year. However these policies are discouraging investment and some commentators predict house price rises in the future as demand starts to outstrip supply. Singapore also remains one of the most expensive places in the world to buy property despite recent falls.
  7. With a population of 4.6 million; The Republic of Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia at the southern tip of Malaysia. The country consists of Singapore Island and 57 offshore islets.
  8. Singapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar, S$.
  9. Singapore has a GDP of $304.1bn. It has become a prosperous regional centre of finance, trade, and high-tech manufacturing.
  10. While Singapore has over twenty registered political parties, the government has been controlled by the dominant People's Action Party (PAP) since independence in 1965. The government is essentially a one-party entity with little or no dissent or effective opposition. Singapore's central government dominates all aspects of its citizens' lives. For example, it is against the law to chew gum in public, and you can be fined for carrying gum in your pocket.

 

Once you are settled, explore the wonders of Singapore as it is a truly beautiful country and a great place for friends and family to visit! 

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Moving to Singapore: Passports and Visas

All visitors to Singapore must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from their time of arrival. Visitors from some countries will be required to also have a visa. In addition to visas, Singapore issues a variety of passes that can be used instead of a visa depending on you nationality, the purpose and length of your stay…

Moving to Singapore: Buying a property

Most expatriates prefer to rent housing as opposed to buying it. The property market has suffered in recent years, with prices falling and residential inventory becoming more available, so newcomers have options…

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property. 

The World of Expats Property Search tool gives access to over 60,000 properties available to buy in Singapore.

Moving to Singapore: Choosing a school

The expatriate community is very well served with schools catering to different nationalities. Curricula generally reflects the standards of the country of origin of the student. In public schools students are taught in English but are also taught their native language in a policy of bilingualism…

Moving to Singapore: National healthcare

Singapore has an abundance of medical facilities that meet and exceed developed-world standards. Most expatriates are part of a private health-care plan associated with their employment. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate payment in cash for their services…

Moving to Singapore: Everyday living

With its location near the Equator and surrounded by rich waters, Singapore offers an especially attractive variety of fresh fruits and seafood…

Moving to Singapore: Social environment

Singapore has been home to expatriates from all over the world for a long time. There is no shortage of facilities, amenities, organizations, and environments conducive to bringing people together within and across national and ethnic groups…

Moving to Singapore: Social customs

Pointing or waving a forefinger at someone is considered aggressive and rude; Chinese point or beckon with the entire hand - beckoning is with the palm down. Spitting is an offense punishable with a fine…

 

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