Singapore is a beautiful island, with a multi-cultural society, and food to die for, so it’s no wonder that so many people want to move there. In fact, Singapore has been ranked as the top expat destination for the third year in a row and has been called “the best country in the world to live and work” by expats in a recent HSBC Expat Explorer survey. If you’re one of the many people thinking about moving to Singapore, or even just visiting for a little while, then here are some of the most important things that you should know.
Immigration Isn’t Easy
The process of applying for to become a Singapore Permanent Resident is a lengthy and complicated one. There are a lot of forms and paperwork to be filled out before you can even be considered, and one small mistake could result in your whole application being rejected. There has also been a 50% reduction in the amount of PR applications accepted per year, which will only make your moving plans more tricky. Luckily, websites like Immigration Solution can help you out with this process.
It’s Cheaper Than You Think
Singapore is widely believed to be an incredibly expensive country, and it can be if you don’t know where to shop. Sure, if you’re going out for expensive three-course dinners, and buying expensive imported goods, then Singapore is going to be a pretty expensive country to live, but so would anywhere else if those are your spending habits. Singapore actually offers a much lower income tax than Europe and The US, as well as a large selection of local food outlets and stores that won’t cause too much damage to your wallet.
Use Public Transport
Public transport is also a lot cheaper than most places and is used much more than cars, which tend to be a whole lot more expensive in Singapore than many other places in the world. However, because of Singapore’s small size, you will rarely find a need to use a car, as the MRT lines are so efficient. In fact, they are so efficient, that even the shortest of delays (and I’m talking about ten to twenty minutes) is sure to make the national news.
It’s Very Warm
If summer is tough for you where you live, or you happen to be a big fan of black clothing, then you may want to reconsider your plans to move to Singapore. Located only one degree above the equator, Singapore’s weather is consistently hot and humid, staying at at least thirty degrees Celsius almost all the time, so you better get used to wearing colours, shorts, and flip-flops. Luckily, because of the tropical climate, pretty much every enclosed area of Singapore is fully air-conditioned, which means that stepping inside will be a welcome change if you’ve been outside most of the day.
Never, Ever Litter
If you have never been to Singapore before, you are certain to be surprised by how clean the streets are. This is because of the strict laws surrounding littering in the country. In fact, the laws are so severe that you could be fined up to one thousand dollars for your first littering offence. If you get caught littering a few times, you could face fines of up to five thousand dollars, and could even face time in jail. You also can’t purchase chewing gum wherever you want like in Europe and USA; You can only buy it from pharmacies and will have your name recorded upon purchase. This may not be too much of an issue for some people, but if you chew gum every day, you might struggle to adapt to the strict laws.
It’s Very Safe
The no-nonsense approach stretches to much more than chewing gum and litter in Singapore. If you are caught breaking the law, you could face fines, imprisonment, deportation to your home country, and even canings. While this may seem scary, it does greatly reduce the crime rates within the country and makes Singapore one of the safest places to live. This means that, as long as you abide by the law, you can only benefit from these strict rules.
Every country has its flaws, and Singapore is no exception. Despite this, Singapore is a beautiful and safe country, that is rich in culture, and produces mouth-watering foods. If you are thinking of moving abroad, I hope that this has given you a bit more information about the island to help you make your decision.