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Relocating to Singapore
Relocating to Singapore? We have everything you need to know here!

Through our years of experience with expats, we have collected all the essential information an expat would need in Singapore. Ranging from all your relocating needs, finding the right accommodations, rental housing, cost of living in Singapore, career, travel and much more. Please drop us a mail should you need more assistance.

 

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General Information Of Singapore
The Republic of Singapore was founded on 9th August 1965. It is made up of the main island of Singapore and 60 smaller islands.

With a total area of 655 square kilometers, the main island resides a population of 3.87 million. Singapore measures a maximum 42 kilometers from East to West 23 kilometers from North to South.

Lying close to the southern part of Malaysia, the two countries are linked by 2 causeways. The Woodland Causeway and the Second Link Tua Causeway.
 

Language
- English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil
 
Population

- 3.87 million
 

Visa

Tourist visas are not required for American and Canadian citizens for visits of up to 30 days. However, all visitors are required to have a passport validity of at least 6 months, onward/return tickets, onward facilities (e.g. visa, entry permit, etc.) to their next destination and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore.
 

Customs

Travelers enjoy Duty-Free concessions if :

- they are at least 18 years old
- they have arrived from other countries except Malaysia
- they have been away from Singapore for at least 48 hours

The Singapore Customs and Excise Department collects a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all goods imported into Singapore.

GST relief is given for all new purchases as a tourist or returning Citizen/Permanent Resident of Singapore.
 

Currency

The unit of currency is the Singapore dollar. Most shops and entertainment outlets accepted major credit cards and travelers' checks.
 

Taxes

There is a 5% Goods and Services Tax imposed in major shops and departments, with an additional of 10% service charge in restaurants, 1% government tax is also added in hotels.
 

Time Difference
GMT +8 There is no summer time clock change.
 
Climate

Singapore has a relatively uniform temperature ranging from 250C to 320C (770F to 89.60F) throughout the whole year. Humidity ranges from an average of 66%. More showers are expected from November to January and are usually sudden but brief.
 

Emergency call numbers
- Fire/ Ambulance 995
- Police 999
- Police Hotline 1800 6225 0000
- Samaritans of Singapore 1800 6221 4444
- Non-emergency Ambulance Service 1777
 

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Transportation In Singapore

Singapore has established itself into a city where transportation from places to places are made easy with our own public transports. Buses and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) trains will bring you to your desired nearby destinations. Please take a look on our link Traveling In Singapore for more information for transportation in Singapore.
 

Mobile phones

Mobile phone network in Singapore is GSM 900/1800.Kindly check with your mobile phone company before leaving home about international auto roaming services available in Singapore.

The 3 major mobile phone service providers are:

- Singtel
- Mobile One
- Starhub
 

Computer Service
Lancer Computer - Provides hardware servicing and selling of hardware spare parts
 
Shopping and Business Hours in Singapore

Shopping is one of the greatest pleasures in Singapore. Part of the fun is the excellent buys and great variety of shops all over the island. Delight in a bargain at a little neighborhood shop, pick up a quaint item or two as you stroll through colorful ethnic districts, discover favorite buys of the droves who flock to our modern malls or be enthralled by the splendor of whole shopping "cities" selling everything under the sun.

Retail stores operate from Sunday to Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 10.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Here are some great places for shopping:

Arabs Street - Arab Street is a repository culture for Singapore's Muslim community, with its focal point being the Sultan Mosque. Here, you will find the biggest concentration of Muslim restaurants and shops selling merchandise from all over the Islamic world. These shops are a riot of colour, displaying textiles, antiques, jewellery, artifacts and basket ware. Textile stores are the most prominent, their walls and doorways draped with vibrant rolls of cloths and batiks. At one end of Arab Street near North Bridge Road, you may even get to mix your own perfume from a selection of aromatics like musk, lavender, honeysuckle and jasmine.

Boat Quay - One of the best spots in Singapore to alfresco dining. And who would have foreseen that back when the area was still a cargo-loading bay? A popular hangout for locals, expatriates and tourists, Boat Quay now boasts chic cafes, high-end restaurants, yuppie pubs and designer galleries. Rather than cargoes of trade, you find the riverside today awash with tables set up for alfresco dining. This picturesque, though busy, stretch offers great views of the Singapore River and part of the colonial district.

China Town - Although largely scarred by redevelopment, Chinatown today still contains pockets of genuinely old shophouses where age-old trades like clog-making and calligraphy continue to be practiced. Paper effigies of cars, houses and other material objects are still being made for the deceased. These are then burnt, in the belief that they will raise the standard of living of the deceased in the next world. For tea connoisseurs, a visit to a tea house is a must, not only to relish the flavour of Chinese tea, but also to experience the traditional art of tea-brewing.

Little India - Awash with scents and sights of the subcontinent, this is a microcosm of India where every imaginable Indian product can be found: trinkets, sarees, spices, sweetmeats, nose studs, flower garlands and anything else that an Indian household needs. Traces of Hinduism are found everywhere, from the elaborate temples to wall calendars with pictures of Hindu deities. On Sundays, Indian locals and foreign workers flock the streets to eat, chat, shop and worship. Hard though it is to walk through the crowds, this is a unique spectacle you should not miss.

Orchard Road - Singapore's Champs-Élysees stretches 2.5 kilometres long and is said to have the largest concentration of shopping malls worldwide. Originally a nutmeg and pepper plantation, Orchard Road today is lined with ritzy malls, swanky eateries and luxury hotels from end to end. The more notable shopping centres include Ngee Ann City, Tangs Department Store, Wisma Atria, The Heeren and Centrepoint. Nevertheless, some old portions of the street have managed to escape the bulldozers, particularly the peranakan shophouses near Emerald Hill, built at the turn of the 20th century.

Sentosa - This modern resort island south of Singapore is more than just sentosa (tranquil). Apart from 3.2 kilometres of white sandy beaches and lush tropical fauna, it offers a kaleidoscope of historical enclaves, adventure parks, landscaped gardens and a variety of museums. The Underwater World, for instance, is Asia's largest tropical fish oceanarium.

With so many attractions awaiting you, it is best to come early, take the monorail to get your bearings and plan your itinerary first. Or check into one of the resorts and enjoy the island's never-ending bliss piecemeal and thoroughly.
 

Eating in Singapore

Singapore has developed itself into a famous food paradise where cuisines and delicacies of different countries have gathered into this island to fill the desires of both local and foreigners.

Check out the Makansutra on nice articles on food and recommended eating places in Singapore.

Entertainment In Singapore

After a hard day work, some will like to take a rest at home while some will like to relax themselves at pubs, discos and clubs.

Asia By Night - Nightlife and entertainment guide in Singapore.
After Dark Hot Spots - Nightlife: pubs, bars, clubbing and partying information in Singapore.
 

Places Of Interests

Here are some places of interests in Singapore. Places great for both adults and kids.

Jurong Bird Park - It's the largest bird park in Southeast Asia. Featuring over 8000 birds with consist of 600 different kind of species.

Night Safari - As the world's first and only night zoo, this is an experience that cannot be missed. There are over 1,200 animals of over 110 exotic species to see.

Singapore Zoological Gardens - More than 2,000 creatures are housed in landscaped enclosures, with rock walls and streams replacing cages.

The Singapore Crocodilarium - At the Singapore Crocodilarium, visitors can view over 1,000 crocodiles at close proximity. Feeding time is at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. A comprehensive reptilian product shop is also available. The crocodilarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Take a taxi from either Paya Lebar MRT Station or Eunos MRT Station.

For more information on Places of Interest in Singapore, click here.
 

Health

In Singapore we provide high standard of medical facilities, for more information on our medical facilities. Please kindly view the Ministry Of Health Singapore website.

- Hospitals
- Polyclinics
- Clinics
- Nursing Homes
- Health Schemes
 

Government Offices (Ministries)
Government sectors operate from 8:30 a.m to 5.00 p.m
 
Offices
Majority of the offices is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
 
Banking / Money Changing

Banking hours are: Monday to Friday, 9:30A.M.-3P.M.; Saturday, 9:30A.M.-1P.M.; Sunday, 9:30A.M.-3P.M. Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays. Travellers' checks/cheques and foreign currencies may be changed at most banks and licensed money changers. Most automated teller machines (ATM) offer the PLUS, STAR or CIRRUS network systems. Please kindly view at the different banks websites listed below for more information on the investment, operating Etc.

- DBS And POSB
- OCBC
- UOB
 

Power Supply And Gas Services

Singapore Power - Provider of electricity and water. Provides online application and termination of services.
City Gas - Gas supply for Singapore residential and commercial properties.
 

Postal Service
Singapore Post - Singapore postal services, provides location for post office, post box and SAM machines.
 

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