How to Prepare for Relocation as an Employee


Singapore offers plenty of job opportunities that draw expats relocating for work from around the world. Yet, the city’s education system offers world-class universities, whereby homegrown graduates can find gainful employment locally, which sets them up for successful careers throughout their lives. However, if you’re working for a large multinational in Singapore and you’ve been offered a position overseas, it’s likely you’ll be eager to take the plunge – not only for the work experience but for the adventure of immersing yourself into another culture.
When relocating for work from Singapore, you’ll need to be well prepared. There are a lot of steps to take when passing customs in Singapore as local officials can be strict when dealing with restricted items or incomplete packing lists. If you’re an employee relocating for work, your company will likely offer assistance or undertake many of the international moving tasks on your behalf. However, it is useful to know what needs to be done in order to help streamline the process.

Moving Your Belongings

When moving abroad, taking items from home can help you settle in more easily. Culture shock is a real element for those living in new cultures and having artwork, heirlooms and precious possessions can help relieve that anxiety. Your furniture can be transported from Singapore via the services of an international moving company, such as Allied, then either moved into your new residence, kept in long-term storage or sold if unwanted. 

If you want to take anything with you, it is important to document each item, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. Customs will process this list of personal items and anything that is not documented may incur tax. All items you purchased less than three months ago may be taxed. (Keep in mind that any item coming into Singapore cannot be disposed of within 3 months of arriving.) 

There are teams of experienced movers at Allied who can help you complete an itemised customs list then pack and move your belongings. When choosing our services, you will be allocated your own personal moving consultant, who will be able to assist with the packing list and can help you complete your Singapore customs declarations.

Health Requirements 

If you are moving to Singapore, you may need vaccinations and will have to prove you are healthy. It is likely to be this way for other countries as well. Considering booster shots for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) may be required in Singapore, it’s best if you check the requirements for your destination country. Polio, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever and rabies shots may also be required, depending on where you are relocating to. Talking to your physician at the earliest convenience can help them plan a course of shots, which will be valid for your relocation for work.

Pet Relocation

Pets are part of the family, so if you have a cat or dog you want to take with you, you’ll need to know what’s ahead for your furry friends. The Allied team works with experts in pet relocation and we can assist you without having to deal with a third party. The rules surrounding animal relocations change regularly, so it is important to understand the regulations, which can be found on the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority website. You’ll need to acquire an import license at least 30 days before you are due to arrive in your next country.

Help with Moving

If your company has offered assistance or has asked you to begin the moving process yourself, contact Allied Pickford’s corporate relocation services. We have relocation for work experts, who will be able to help you on every step of your journey.  Contact us on +65 6862 4700 or via the contact form on our website.