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Expat guidance

Information to help you settle into life in Singapore

Whether you're planning your move or you're already here, our guides on living in Singapore should help you get settled. 

Before you arrive

Girl takes photo of clouds out airplane window; image used for Expat Guides article Guidance on your relocation journey.

Let our relocation partner help you move, arrive and settle comfortably. Learn about relocation services exclusive for HSBC customers.

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If you're planning to work in Singapore, chances are you'll need a work pass or visa. Find out what qualifications and requirements you'll need here, and how to apply.

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Get the essential information you need to make your move to Singapore a successful one.


A teacher in a classroom; image used for HSBC Singapore Four education options for your children article

From local schools to international schools and everything in between, consider all options and give your child the best education in Singapore.

Group of children studying in classroom; image  used for HSBC Singapore  Understanding Singapore's school system article.

When transitioning into your new life in Singapore, here are the things you need to understand about the local school system to support your children.

Teacher demonstrating digital tablet for students; image used for HSBC Singapore 7 considerations when choosing a school.

Your child loves drama but you always thought she'd make a great doctor. How will you choose the right school for your budding thespian or surgeon?


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It's tradition to wear bright clothing during Chinese New Year, so put away your little black dress. Here's a few more dos and don'ts for the new lunar year.

A woman is video chatting on her phone; image used for HSBC Singapore Stay connected as soon as you arrive in Singapore article

Find out more about HSBC's exclusive offers with Singtel so you can stay connected to family, friends and work as soon as you arrive in Singapore.

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Getting around Singapore on public transport is easy, even for newcomers. Make commuting a breeze by downloading one of these transport apps for a smoother ride.

Meat skewers; image used for HSBC Where to find the top hawker centres in Singapore article

Treat yourself to cuisines from around the world when you live in Singapore. Explore the city's best hawker centres with HSBC.

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Explore Singapore with HSBC credit cards to access special discounts on everything from dining and shopping to well-earned spa days!

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Make your health a priority. Get professional healthcare coverage for your entire family from HSBC Singapore's medical partner, Raffles Medical.

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Whether you're into group bootcamp or sunrise yoga, there's loads of classes to choose from in Singapore. Get fit without spending a fortune with these 6 options.

Fireworks at night over Singapore City and harbour; image used for HSBC Singapore expat article 10 must-see festivals in Singapore.

10 official religions, 4 languages and many cultures means Singaporeans are celebrating festivals all year round with their families. Here's our favourite 10!

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Calling Singapore home now? Here's a Singlish guide for you. Pick up a few easy Singlish words and speak like a local, lah.

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Good news, expats! Singapore ranks top in the world for excellent health insurance. We've compared 4 countries/regions to show just how good we've got it.


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There's so many great neighbourhoods in Singapore, it's hard to know where to start. Here's a quick guide to the popular neighbourhoods preferred by global citizens.

Financial matters

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Take advantage of HSBC's Worldwide Money Transfer to send money globally to friends, family or to make any type of payment.

Banking with HSBC

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Let HSBC help you fully settle into Singapore. We can help you with your mortgage and international property financing needs all around the world.

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Read about HSBC Singapore's insurance benefits and features for home, travel and car insurance. Protect your family against the unexpected.

We can help you with your international banking

Currently abroad?

Premier International Banking Centre

(65) 6216 9080

for enquiries or to make an appointment

6 Claymore Hill, Level 3, Claymore Plaza, Singapore 229571

Currently in Singapore?

(65) 6216 7314 

for enquiries on expat banking

If you've already arrived in Singapore, you can open an account instantly.

Alternatively, you can fill in our online contact form.

Thinking internationally?

Find out more about our international services in other countries/regions.