👥 Population: 5.7 million
🌍 Region: Asia
🗣 Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
🚙 Drive on the: Left
💵 Currency: Singapore Dollar, SGD, S$
☎️ Calling Code: +65
🟢 Internet Speed: Is generally great at 256 Mbps on average
Singapore is a small city-state in southeast Asia. Geographically it is mostly flat and highly developed from an urban perspective, and is one of the richest cities in the world. Singapore is very diverse featuring a similar ethnic makeup to neighbouring Malaysia. It consistently ranks highly in quality of life, ease of doing business, as well as safety.
🏠 Homeownership in Singapore is the highest in the world at 92%.
🍲 Around two restaurants are opened every day, making it a great place to eat.
🧐 Singapore doesn't have a capital.
Depending on your country of origin you may stay in Singapore visa free for up to 30 or 90 days.
If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 30 days. It is called an "E-Visa".
Singapore has a visa specifically designed to attract startups called the "EntrePass". We've covered the details of it in our resource for Startup visas around the world, which you can access here.
To avoid confusion with US dollar, S$ will be used meaning Singapore dollar.
There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Singapore but you do have to declare anything over S$20,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.
You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Singapore by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.
Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.
You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.
There are 4 main mobile network providers:
Singtel has the greatest network coverage and fastest speeds including 5G, so is recommended for most people. You can find SIM cards in official stores as well as 7-11's all around the country. The prepaid service by Singtel is called "hi!".
As of July 2021, 11GB of data will cost you S$38 every 30 days.