This article was updated on 7 June 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic may have put a stop to the normal routines of everyday life around the world. However, moving isn’t always something that can wait. Perhaps you’re planning to move to Singapore during COVID-19, but aren’t very sure on how the process of moving to Singapore during a pandemic works.
Before You Move to Singapore
Before moving to Singapore, you will need to make sure you have settled the following: valid employment visa, hired a reliable international mover and found a place to stay.
If you want to live and work in Singapore, you must first obtain a valid employment pass or permit from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). For more information concerning employment passes and/or you are looking for Singapore immigration & visa consultants, do check out our article on immigration and visa tips for Singapore.
Once you’ve obtained your work visa, it is now time to plan the logistics of your move. We highly recommend that you find a reliable international mover and book your packing day early. This is because there may be slight delays in the relocation process due to COVID-19 regulations and health measurements. The relocation process is a sentimental one. You will want to ensure that you have the right international relocation service provider to embark on this precious journey with you!
You should also begin the hunt for an apartment in Singapore, so that you’ll immediately have a place to live once you arrive. Most expatriates rent co-living spaces or condominium units. It will be good for you to check with your apartment or condominium estates management if there are activity restrictions due to COVID-19. This can help you avoid delays or additional packing charges. If you are unable to find a permanent place to stay in Singapore, you can stay temporarily in a short-term accommodation while looking for a permanent place.
Moreover, you will need to factor in transit time and potential delays in your relocation to Singapore. This is because business operations may be affected by COVID-19 regulations. Be patient if you experience delayed responses from various parties or vendors that you engage in your move to Singapore. Do also prepare documents for clearance (especially for goods and personnel entering the country) due to COVID-19 screenings or regulations imposed by Singapore.
Relocating during COVID-19 period? Vaccine Passport is another thing you shouldn’t ignore. Check here for more information.
Arrival in Singapore
Given the evolving global Covid-19 situation, it is crucial for you to know what travel restrictions Singapore have in place to avoid unexpected surprises. All travellers (including SCs and PRs) will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore and present a valid negative test result upon arrival. Exceptions to the rule apply to lower-risk countries and regions such as Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau.
You will have to serve Stay Home Notice (SHN) when you arrive in Singapore.
Detailed information for Covid-19 test requirements and SHN pertaining to the different countries is stated in the table below.
SHNs refer to quarantining in an assigned place. This means that you will be allowed to leave your room regardless. However, food and other necessities will be delivered right to your doorstep.
If you breach your SHN, you may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020. First-time offenders can be fined up to S$10,000, jailed for up to six months or both.
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