Excited for Your Move to Singapore? Give This Checklist a Read

Excited for Your Move to Singapore? Give This Checklist a Read

Have you always dreamt of living abroad? It’s not as easy as it sounds. But if you are up for the challenge, there are some things that you can do to prepare yourself for one of the biggest life changes ahead of you. 

For any expatriate, moving to a new country can be exciting but also overwhelming. From packing your belongings to making sure all your paperwork is in order such as annual travel insurance, these are some of the many tasks you have to do in preparation for the big move. You also want to make sure that you’re well-informed about the country’s latest travel requirements amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

This article will detail some of the most important things to get ready before moving abroad to Singapore.

What to Do Before Moving to Singapore

Secure a job

Before embarking on your next adventure, it is first crucial to keep an eye out for the right job opportunities to progress your career. Give yourself some time to explore your options and have full confidence that you’re making the right choice for yourself. With a job offer in hand, you can proceed to apply for a valid pass – also known as a work visa – with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This makes you eligible to work in Singapore.

Enrol your child for school

If you have kids, it is also a good idea to confirm admission with the school beforehand. As one of the best countries to support your child’s growth, you have plenty of educational institutions to consider in Singapore – from public schools to international schools that offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. A general rule of thumb is to choose a school that’s conveniently located near your next home in Singapore for easy commute.

Look for accommodation

If you are relocating for business purposes, it can give you peace of mind when your company is taking care of the accommodations aspect for you.

On the other hand, you will need to do your own research in advance if you are starting from scratch. Rest assured you may find a wide selection of properties that not only fits your budget but also suits your needs perfectly. To narrow down your search, some areas you can start looking into include Holland Village, East Coast, Bukit Timah and Orchard – locations that are popular among expats.

Engage a reliable international movers company

Once you have settled the address of your future home, double-check with your landlord if the property comes fully furnished. This will determine the next to-do on your checklist: Confirm the shipping of your furniture and belongings.

Take some time to do careful research on the professional moving companies available. When you are moving internationally, it can make a big difference knowing that your items are handled with care throughout the shipping process. Ideally, your choice of mover can facilitate your relocation and ensure a smooth move by your preferred date. Once you’ve settled in, you may also consider listing your valuable items under a Home, Contents and Valuables Insurance policy for coverage. Highly recommended for expats renting a home, this can cover the financial costs of your belongings in the case of damage, loss or theft.

Additionally, if you are bringing your family cat or dog to Singapore, be sure to reach out to international pet relocation services for extra help.

We cover more useful tips on how you can make life easier when you arrive in Singapore.

Kickstart Your Relocation Journey

If you have your mind set on moving abroad, it’s wise to get some protection before leaving home by first purchasing an annual travel insurance policy for yourself and your family members who will accompany you on the trip. Your health and wallet can otherwise be at risk if you lack sufficient coverage in advance for any medical or financial emergencies that might occur when travelling overseas.

With our recent Home and Lifestyle team rebranding here at Expat Insurance, we aim to serve you better with specialised advice to match your needs. From business to personal expat health cover, our team is well-versed in providing tailored solutions for you – no matter your situation.

Let us guide you through the process of making the most out of your experience in Singapore! For any enquiries, get in touch with our specialist today.

Authored By John Ntatsopoulos


Over the course of his 34 years career, our CEO, John, have worked predominately in the area of insurance and financial services across major APAC…


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