We have created this FAQ section on our website for everyday questions that we receive from friends all over the world. We aim to improve the content and up-to-date relevant information over time for this section.
Q. I am planning to visit Singapore, do I need a visa?
Singapore is a very popular tourist destination. Generally, many citizens around the world will get the 30 Days Visit Visa on arrival this also includes Nepali nationals/citizens.
All visitors to Singapore must meet the following entry requirements:
- Valid travel document (minimum validity of 6 months at the time of departure)
- Confirmed onward or return tickets (if applicable)
- Entry facilities, including visas, to the next destination;
- Sufficient funds to maintain themselves during their stay in Singapore; and,
- Visa for entry into Singapore (if applicable)
- Yellow Fever Vaccination (if applicable)
More information on a visit visa and other related information can be obtained from the website of the Singapore department of immigration.
Q. Is overstaying is a criminal offence in Singapore?
Yes, without a valid visa or permission, Overstaying is a criminal offence and is punishable by the act. Overstayer will receive Caning, Fine and Prison term or all.
More information on the topic can be obtained from the Singapore Immigration Act online portal.
Q. How is the law for Drugs & Human Trafficking in Singapore?
Singapore has a strong drugs regulation. Anyone found to be consuming, selling, carrying and trafficking restricted drugs in Singapore or via Singapore, will be punished by a Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment or Capital Punishment.
Read more information on Misuse of Drug Act Singapore
Q. I am looking for an employment/job prospect in Singapore.
The process is simple and goes like this;
First, you have to directly apply the kind of job you are interested in a Singapore based company. Singapore has government approved and registered job search agencies that you can google or generally they have their profile in job boards or portals. Generally, you do not need to pay any amount upfront or later to job agencies if you seek their professional service. The agent’s fee will be paid by your employer.
When you are selected by the Singapore company, usually their HR department will apply the necessary work permit for you with the Ministry of Manpower. Depending on the work category, nature and your area of education/specialization, the ministry may issue Work passes & permits for a definite period. If you and your employer want you to continue working they may apply for renewal of work passes and permits with the Ministry of Manpower.
You can obtain more information on the job prospect in Singapore from the below links;
Q. How can I operate a business in Singapore?
Singapore is the top business-friendly nation in the world. Many established global companies, local companies and new startups operate in Singapore. Operating any business without registration, approval and license is against the law. The corporate tax rate is 17% and the personal income tax is progressive and in the rage from 0% to 22%. More and detailed information on Singapore TAX can be obtained from Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore website.
Below are the general steps to register and operate the business entity:
- Step 1- You have to register the business entity with the Accounting Regulatory Authority, a concerned authority in Singapore.
- Step 2 – If your business organisation needs a specific licence because of further industry & trade regulation then you have to take necessary approval for it.
- Step 3 – Operate your business from a location by renting or purchasing the property with hiring staff and opening bank account.
Q. Can I enrol my children to Singapore School? Or Can I apply as an International Student in Singapore?
Yes, you can enrol your kids or children to primary, secondary, higher secondary, pre universities and university level of education.
The official, governmental, working and mode of study language of Singapore is English.
Singapore is also popular for short conversation language among locals called Singlish (Singapore + English) which is originated in Singapore. Some popular word/terms in Singlish are Lah! Leh! etc. You can see locals using them in everyday conversation in the home, eatery places, coffee shops, market, office, school etc. But again it’s casual conversation only. If you are interested to explore more terms you can get them from this Singlish Wiki Link.
More information on the Singapore Education System can be obtained from the below links:
Q. What are the health facilities like hospitals in Singapore?
Generally, in Singapore, local residents access general and specialised clinics, polyclinics, public hospitals and private hospitals depending on their need.
Locals usually pay their medical bills with their Medi-Safe ( a central provident fund linked account) and insurance policy. Generally, insurance policies are covered for private hospital bills as well. Sometimes it depends on the type of specific health insurance policy the individual subscribed to.
Foreigners can get medical treatment and consultation from Singapore hospitals and clinics. Singapore medical quality service is very good and top among the region. Below is the list of some public hospitals:
Changi General Hospital
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
National University Hospital
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Sengkang General Hospital
Singapore General Hospital
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Q. What is the best transport mode while in Singapore?
Singapore transport infrastructure and system very efficient and it is world renowned. Singapore’s Changi airport is connected to many airports around the world. Once you arrive in Changi, you can take MRT (mass rapid transit) metro to the city. It will cost you less than S$3 and will take less than an hour to reach the city centre. Generally, the metro stations such as Bugis, Raffles Place, China Town, Little India are considered as the centre of the city. The metro network and public bus service fleet can bring you all the places in Singapore.
You can download a Singapore transport mobile app to find the information such as the fleet number (Bus no) and it’s route, the fleet timing, next bus, etc. You can download the Singapore Metro map from the Singapore Land Transport Authority website by clicking here.
If you are in hurry or for whatever the reason you need a Taxi, you can flag them on the road, pay them cash or pay using credit cards. Alternatively, you can download and use car sharing mobile applications such as Grab, GoJek, Ryde etc.
Q. is Singapore rental high? How do I look for a rental for long term stay in Singapore?
Generally, Singapore rental is considered to be a little high in the region. But in comparison to global cities such as Shanghai, Mumbai, Tokyo, New York, Singapore rental is still competitive. For a long term residential purpose, it is always good to stay near the work location. 80% of the Singapore population lives in high rise buildings. These high rise buildings are called mixed development types, such as developed by government or private developer. Depending upon your need you can rent a room or a whole flat. The flat comes in some configurations such as 1-room, 2-room, 3-room, 4-room, 5-room etc. All flat has a kitchen, bathroom, living space and usually comes with fully furnished.
You can know more about buying and renting Singapore property from the popular portal such as