Singapore Moving Guide

Singapore Moving Guide

A small nation in maritime Southeast Asia, Singapore is made up of one main island and 63 smaller islands located right off the coast of the Malay Peninsula. With a permanent population of almost six million people, Singapore also welcomes around 19 million tourists per year who come to see the sights that this tropical country has to offer.

Singapore is best known for having one of the cleanest cities in the world, ranking among Vienna, Austria and Fukuoka, Japan. Those who visit Singapore usually come to enjoy the multicultural food and atmosphere, as its cultural makeup is quite diverse: Chinese, Indian, Malay, and other cultures’ influences have shaped Singapore into what it is today. If you’re looking for a change of pace and want to experience life in a country that is clean, vibrant, and diverse, then check out Atlas® International’s Singapore Moving Guide.

A fountain sprays water against the cityscape in Singapore.

Merlion, Singapore

Moving from the US to Singapore

Why are Americans moving to Singapore? Many will make the move for work or business, as there is always a need for more highly-skilled and eager workers. It’s also quite easy to obtain a work permit, and the average salary for an expat in Singapore tends to exceed that of other countries, making it a good choice for someone who wants to move quickly and begin making money. Singapore is also one of the safest countries in the world with a great healthcare system, which both contribute to its high standard of living.


The country as a whole is full of impressive green spaces, and the city of Singapore (located within the country of Singapore) is one of the greenest cities in the world. There are many gardens and natural areas to explore in the city. The Singapore Botanic Gardens include an exhibit with around 1,000 types of orchids, while the Singapore Zoo contains 15,000 animals for visitors to see. Even the Singapore airport is impressively natural: as soon as you arrive, you can see the largest indoor waterfall and one of the largest indoor gardens in Asia, all before you leave for your home or hotel.


If you love food and gastronomy, you’re also in luck: Singaporean cuisine is unparalleled, and food is extremely important to Singaporeans. As a result of the number of cultures that come together in Singapore, the food is incredibly diverse, with influences from the cuisines of India, China, Japan, and Portugal, among others. No matter your interests or tastes, there’s sure to be a place for you in Singapore!


Singapore is typically hot and humid, with an atmospheric “stickiness” due to the high water content in the air. The climate is mostly tropical, with warm to hot weather almost year-round. There are two monsoon seasons with inter-monsoonal periods in between: the Northeast Monsoon season spans the months of December to March, and the Southwest Monsoon season is from the months of June to September. The inter-monsoonal periods are usually around two months long.

It is best to carry an umbrella when the weather is unpredictable, and stick to indoor activities when the weather is bad. One such indoor activity might include visiting the National Gallery Singapore, an art museum with one of the biggest collections of modern art in Southeast Asia. In addition to displaying the works of prominent Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists, the National Gallery also features renowned restaurants, including one with three Michelin Stars.

Where to Live in Singapore

Thinking of relocating to Singapore? Here are some popular locations for ex-pats:

  • Holland Village
  • Singapore
  • Woodlands
  • Tiong Bahru
  • Tanjong Pagar

Moving to Holland Village, Singapore

Holland Village is a well-loved Singaporean neighborhood for ex-pats. Named after the British architect Hugh Holland, one of the early residents of the area, the neighborhood was once home to the Dutch community of Singapore. The area is now known for its quaint buildings reminiscent of Europe, and is associated with the arts and music. Though the neighborhood is mostly associated with ex-pats, locals also visit for the delicious food and artsy boutiques that “Holland V” is known for. Stop by one of the renowned restaurants, gourmet cafes, and artisanal boutiques that Holland Village has to offer. If you are moving to Holland Village from the United States, you will likely run into the need for overseas shipping and specialized movers who are familiar with customs and import regulations.

A man waits for his flight in preparation for his individual move to Singapore with Atlas® International.

Atlas® International helps people move to Singapore every year.

Resources for Moving to Singapore

Thinking of moving from the US to Singapore? Check out our detailed customs guide for international relocation tips including household goods importing, restricted and prohibited items, moving pets, importing vehicles, and documentation you will need.


Plan Your Singapore Move with Atlas® International

Atlas® International helps individuals move across the world every year. With more than 50 years of professional experience, we have helped people move for work, school, family, and even the military. Atlas® International provides quality, door-to-door service and stress-free planning so you can focus more on the excitement of moving than on the move itself. Our management team has been seasoned by decades of international relocation experience, and we are accredited with moving certifications that are recognized worldwide. Need assistance with common moving questions like import regulations and applying for a visa? Whether you are just getting started with planning your move to Singapore or have your personal affairs in order, Atlas® International is here to help.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with an Atlas® International moving expert and begin planning your move today. Give us a call at 206-526-1137 or contact us to receive personalized advice on beginning your move to Singapore.