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This article mainly talks about some things you need to do after coming to work in Singapore. By reading this article, you can get some necessary things you need to do after landing in Singapore, such as renting a house, applying for a bank card, etc., to prevent everyone from stepping into pitfalls.
Renting a House
The first important thing after coming to work in Singapore is to rent a house. In fact, my previous article Guide to Physically Crossing the Wall to Singapore During the Epidemic has already mentioned it. The renting section of this article is mainly for supplementation.
When I was renting a house in Singapore, the most used was propertyguru The listings on it are basically real, but they are all uploaded by agents. I usually edit a piece of information about myself as a tenant to the agent. Once I see a house I like, I directly give the information to the agent through whatsapp, Here is the template:
- If you are looking for a single room, try to find one without a homeowner, which will save a lot of trouble.
- If you have colleagues looking for a house together, actually renting the whole house is a good choice.
- Cleaning the air conditioner every three months is actually a relatively expensive expense. Pay attention to the air conditioning cleaning fee in the contract. $30 each time is reasonable. If it is too expensive, it may be the landlord’s middleman earning the difference.
Address proof is a very important thing abroad, because in Singapore you need to apply for a bank card, or open a stock account, address proof is necessary. For Singapore’s address proof, a formal institution is required to issue it. An address proof issued by one of the following structures is sufficient:
- Singapore recharge phone card bill (including your name, residential address) will be mailed to your mailbox at the end of each month
- Electricity bill, if you rent the whole house, it will be mailed to your mailbox every month
- Stamp duty, after you rent a house, you need to pay stamp duty, you can use this as address proof
- The company helps you distribute
When I first came to Singapore, I was using a prepaid card and renting a single room, so I asked the HR of the company to help distribute the address proof. The company will give you a proof that you are living in Singapore, and you can use this as proof of address.
There are mainly three types of phone cards in Singapore:
- Singtel (Singapore Telecom)
I use Singtel myself, using a prepaid card, $18 per month, and includes 40G of data, which is a good choice for me. If you want to be more economical, you can open a recharge account, and if you are a long-term resident, you can buy a HOT 128 or HOT 55 card for recharge.
When applying for a bank card, I actually stepped on many pits, which caused my initial salary to be delayed until the second month. Foreigners need to prepare some documents to apply for a bank card, such as:
- Singapore IC card (ID card) / IPA
- [Proof of address](#Proof of address)
- First deposit $500-$1000 SGD
I personally recommend going to the site to apply for a bank card, because you don’t need to wait for mailing, you can handle it on the spot and receive it on the spot, which is more convenient. If you really don’t want to run around, you can use this link to apply online:
However, I personally do not recommend it because the form needs to be filled out too long, and it will jump if it stays for a long time, and the user experience is not good. By the way, the online banking experience in Singapore is not very good, the unbearable startup speed, and the agreement that needs to be filled out every time. I hope to find some professional engineers to optimize the startup time haha.
Singpass is a digital identity authentication service developed by the Singapore government, and it will be used when doing identity authentication on government-related websites. You only need to use the Singpass APP QR code to complete the identity authentication.
You can apply online or on-site.
What you need to pay attention to when applying online is that after you complete the application, the government will send a letter to your physical address or your company’s address. So you need to check your mailbox regularly. I originally wanted to apply for Singpass, but the government sent the mail to my company’s address. When the administration notified me, this letter had expired.
So I had to go on-site. On-site processing is very simple, just bring your ID card and go to any Singpass on-site processing. It is usually in a community, and it takes 5 minutes to activate.
Insurance for foreigners in Singapore is a very important thing, because you are a foreigner and the Singapore government has no obligation to provide you with medical security. When you encounter a disease, you can only rely on the company’s group insurance, so you need to buy some insurance yourself.
For insurance, I recommend Zack Wu’s article: A Simple Guide to Personal Finance in Singapore for Newcomers
What insurance to buy is a personal matter, and it is necessary to do some homework.
In fact, one of the reasons many people come to Singapore is to be able to travel around Southeast Asia during the pandemic. Now many countries have opened up to tourists with vaccine certificates Exempt from nucleic acid and PCR checks, when I went to apply for a Malaysian visa before, I also needed to provide a vaccine certificate, so it is very convenient to take off everywhere after getting the vaccine certificate.
For those who have had two shots in their home country, they need to go to the clinic to draw blood to test for antigens and check whether the concentration meets the requirements. If you got Moderna or Pfizer in Singapore, you can directly export the vaccine certificate through https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ via singpass.
Prevent Telecom Fraud
In Singapore, after you get your SIM card, you will receive all kinds of telecom fraud calls, usually pretending to be MOH reminding you that you need to be quarantined. It’s actually quite funny, Singapore has now completely opened up, and there is no need to do PCR when entering the country, this kind of fraud routine is outdated.
However, it is still necessary to remember one point, that is, to be vigilant for calls starting with +65, because such calls are actually made from outside the island.
This article mainly introduces some matters and some pitfalls after landing in Singapore. Let’s review it again,
- The most important thing is to have an address proof, without address proof, you can’t get a bank card and receive salary.
- Need to have a local number
- How to apply for a bank card
- Apply for singpass and vaccine certificate
- How to prevent telecom fraud
I hope it helps you who just came to Singapore!
LastMod 2023-10-08 (049e9a9)