Moving to Singapore

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Singapore is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Singapore.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your move easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to Singapore . For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; UK High Commission in Singapore

Overall

Population; 4,425,720 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Southeastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia

Geography; total area: 692.7 sq km. The terrain is lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve

Climate; tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons - Northeastern monsoon from December to March and Southwestern monsoon from June to September; inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms

Language; Mandarin 35%, English 23%, Malay 14.1%, Hokkien 11.4%, Cantonese 5.7%, Teochew 4.9%, Tamil 3.2%, other Chinese dialects 1.8%, other 0.9% (2000 census)

Currency; Singapore dollar (SGD)

Government; parliamentary republic

Religion; Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Taoist 8.5%, Hindu 4%, Catholic 4.8%, other Christian 9.8%, other 0.7%, none 14.8% (2000 census)

Economy and jobs

Job scene; Foreign entrepreneurs and wealthy investors (covered by the Global Investor Programme or the Financial Investor Scheme), as well as professionals, technical personnel and skilled workers - grouped as Employment Pass Holders (EP) and S Pass Holders - are encouraged to live and work in Singapore to supplement the country's available work force.

Work permit; A Work Permit is issued in select cases and is offered to semi-skilled and unskilled foreigners seeking to work in the country if, when and where there is a manpower need. A Work Permit takes one to seven days to process and the fees vary depending on the work sector.

Moving to Singapore

Visas & Passport; When it comes to the issue of tourism, a major industry for the country, the requirements are comparatively lax, especially for citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. (among others), for whom there is no Visa requirement for stays up to 30 days.

Residency; For those seeking to establish permanent residency, the government is very selective, which is understandable given the already-dense population and limited natural resources. Generally speaking, residency is limited to the spouses or the unmarried children (under age 21) of Singaporean Citizens (SC) or Permanent Residents (PR), also known as Singaporean Permanent Residents (SPR).

Pets and animals; Foreign nationals seeking to import their pets can do so under certain circumstances. With the exception of pets imported from Australia , New Zealand , UK and Ireland , all dogs or cats must be kept in quarantine at the owner's expense for at least 30 days upon arrival. All cats or dogs imported must be accompanied by a valid import permit issued by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore . The animal must also be accompanied by a signed veterinary health certificate that is less than seven days old. The certificate must provide details of the pet's age, breed, health and other essential information. Additionally, dogs and cats must be implanted with a microchip matching their veterinary papers. There is a fee for the import permit.

Living in Singapore

Renting; Foreigners wishing to rent property in Singapore have two main options, public or private housing. By far the most economical option is that of public housing. Public housing; To facilitate affordable, quality housing for its residents, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) built government-subsidized flats in housing estates throughout the island. Each HDB estate is designed to be a self-contained neighborhood, with amenities such as supermarkets, food centers, clinics, schools, libraries, etc. Foreigners can rent individual rooms within such flats directly on the open market.
For those who prefer private housing, there is a selection of apartments, condominium units and houses available. Listings can be obtained in classified advertisements or by enlisting the services of a housing agent.

Education; Because of the premium placed on education in Singapore , residents and foreigners have the opportunity to attend schools ranked among the best in Southeast Asia . Foreigners have the option of attending either the public or privately run schools that make up the Singaporean education system, or can elect to attend international schools offering education systems of their own or other countries of origin.

Health; The country boasts over 2,000 healthcare establishments, 28 hospitals and specialty centers, and more than 80 healthcare companies. Residents and visitors are free to select from among government or private providers and they are permitted to walk in for a consultation at any private clinic or government polyclinic. For emergencies, there are ambulance services and 24-hour emergency departments located in the government hospitals. As for prescription services, there are pharmacies available in numerous outlets, including supermarkets, department stores, hotels and shopping centers.