British Citizens Arriving Singapore – What Things Must Be Considered?

Posted By Singapore Translators | Publised At 15/09/2021
Last Modified: 2nd May 2024

Over the years, the Singapore government is welcoming foreign individuals as tourists or for permanent stay and will continue to do so in the future as well. Similarly, British citizens intending to move to Singapore need to comply with certain requirements. The criteria of travelling to Singapore depends on why you are moving to Singapore either temporarily (e.g. travelling, business visits or social purposes), completing higher education, getting employed, etc. Therefore, it will be better if you check each aspect before choosing to move to Singapore. We have almost sorted all your problems related to visiting Singapore in the below-shared article. Here we have covered almost everything that every British citizen needs to know prior to moving to Singapore.

You can also check our article on Travel Requirements for Tourists to Singapore for additional details on travel requirements.

Can a British citizen move to Singapore?

You don’t normally need a visa to enter Singapore for a stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business or social visits. However, under the Frequent Traveler Programmer, you may be eligible to enter Singapore using the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS).

How can I immigrate to the UK from Singapore?

There are multiple options through which you can immigrate to the UK from Singapore. Some are:

  • The first visa option is for highly skilled immigrants to immigrate from Singapore to the UK through a point-based system.
  • The second way through which you can immigrate from Singapore to the UK is sponsorship by the employer intending to hire you in the UK based company.
  • Another way of immigrating is Provisional Work Visa through the Youth Mobility Scheme.
  • UK Study Visa for the students to complete their higher education in Singapore

Eligibility requirements

There are certain eligibility requirements that you need to fulfil in order to immigrate to the UK from Singapore successfully:

  • You need to obtain specified qualifying marks in the English language proficiency test, either IELTS or TOEFL.
  • If you are willing to visit the UK for work or study, you need to present the supporting documents, work experience certificates, etc.
  • You need to have sufficient funds with you to support yourself through your stay.
  • You need to present the health and character certificate for your visa.

Can I work in Singapore with a British passport?

UK passport holders do not need to apply for any visa when visiting Singapore for tourist purposes for 30 days. But working in Singapore on a British passport is entirely illegal. So instead, if you wish to work in Singapore, you must hold a Singapore work permit or employment pass.

Can British citizens live and work in Singapore?

All the foreigners intending to live and get employed in Singapore will require to have a valid pass or work visa. As per the Singapore government, you will require to earn a monthly salary of at least 3,600 Singaporean dollars (£2,041) and meet additional specified qualifications. However, if the foreigners intend to start their own business in the country, they must have EntrePass.

How to get a British passport for a baby born in Singapore

If your child is born in Singapore, you are not going to get any assistance from the British High Commission in Singapore regarding the child’s birth registration as the birth needs to be registered via online mode.

Acquiring the British passport for the baby born in Singapore will take time as a newborn child in Singapore requires getting a valid visa within six weeks following the date/time of birth.

You will require to present the following documentation when applying for a British passport for a baby born in Singapore:

  • The appointment letter.
  • Both parents must have a valid Employment Pass, S Pass or DP cards.
  • A photocopy of the baby’s birth certificate.
  • A photocopy of the ICA Advisory Note.
  • You must also present the Letter issued from the high commission mentioning that you have already applied for a passport for your newborn baby.

Do UK citizens need visas or Singapore?

No, you don’t usually require a visa to enter Singapore if you want to stay in Singapore for up to 90 days, mainly for business, social visits, or tourism purposes. You might also get eligible to enter Singapore through the enhanced immigration automatic clearance system as per the frequent traveler programmer.

How long can Singapore citizens stay in the UK?

Normally, you can stay in the UK for up to 6 months (or 90 days). However, Singapore citizens can also stay in the UK for longer if they are immigrating to the UK for private medical treatment depending on the duration of the treatment.

How to get a job in Singapore from the UK?

UK citizens or other foreigners will be able to get a job offer from Singapore upon meeting certain job-related requirements as specified by the Singapore government. For additional information on obtaining a job offer in Singapore, you can refer to our complete guide on Work Permit Procedure for Performing Artistes.

What qualification is required to work in Singapore?

All foreign individuals intending to get employed in Singapore must have a valid pass, commonly known as a work visa, prior to working in Singapore. Therefore, if you intend to hire a foreigner to work in your company in Singapore, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the specific foreigners hold a valid work pass to get eligible for working in a Singapore-based company.

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