Guide to Moving Abroad with Your Family to Singapore


Moving from abroad to Singapore is stressful, especially when relocating with a family. Not only do you need to handle the logistics of your move, but also prepare your children for a big change. Taking the time to plan your international relocation to Singapore can help everyone feel more excited for the move and give you peace of mind during this stressful time.

As highly experienced international movers, Allied Singapore has helped hundreds of families successfully make the move. To make things hassle-free for you, the team at Allied has put together some handy tips to ensure your international relocation to Singapore is as smooth as possible.

Choose The Right Neighbourhood

Where you choose to relocate in Singapore will have a significant influence on how your family adjusts to the move. You can help your children to feel excited for their new neighbourhood by asking them to imagine the new friends they’ll make and the fresh experiences they will get to enjoy.

Holland Village, Tanglin and Serangoon are all popular places for expat families. Choosing where to move will depend upon where your work is based, affordability, and the availability of transportation, amenities and schools for your children.

Organise Your Documentation to Relocate 

Unless you are planning on retiring after you move to Singapore, you will require the appropriate visa documentation in order to work. You will need to apply for a work pass from the Ministry of Manpower so you can work in Singapore, then any other related family visas. It’s best to apply for these visas at least a few months before you plan to move so you can account for any issues or delays.

If you are moving as part of a corporate relocation, discuss any required documentation you may require for your move with your employee and moving service. To relocate with your car or transport your pet to Singapore then you may need to provide some specialised documentation like purchase records, vaccinations and other relevant information required.

Take Time to Settle In

It’s perfectly natural to experience culture shock when you move to a new location – and everybody does to a certain degree. Everyone’s daily routine will be altered, from getting used to the layout of your new home to understanding the quickest route to school or work. You’ll even have to think about how long it takes to do the household shopping or where the nearest dry cleaner is, and factor that into your weekly routine.

To help adjust to the significant change, it’s best to become settled in as soon as possible and create a familiar routine. To speed up this process, it’s best to use a professional unpacking service to help quickly set up your home. This will provide you with more time to explore and become accustomed to your new neighbourhood, the local Singaporean culture and language which can make you and your family feel more at home.

Sign up your children to local clubs and sports teams and find a way to envelop yourself in the community as much as possible. Walk around and allow the family to discover sights, sounds and smells together.

Discuss the details with your moving consultant

The most important thing to remember when you are in the midst of an international move to Singapore is to take one thing at a time! You can trust the professional moving consultants at Allied Moving Services thanks to our proven track record of successful moves! Your very own personal moving consultant from Allied will be there to guide you every single step of the way. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer all your queries.