Welcome to Singapore. From a British colonial trading post to one of Asia’s economic ‘tigers’, Singapore is a booming global financial hub. The country has built a foundation of strong trade and investment platforms, giving it a competitive edge. Together with its robust economic structure and cultural diversity, it’s the ideal strategic entry point for other Asian markets. What’s more, Singapore has created an easy system for establishing and maintaining business.
If you’d like to find out more about this dynamic market and its opportunities, download our Singapore market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 7th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||AANZFTA, NZ-Singapore CEP, P4|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||2 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||7 of 176|
Getting to SingaporeAir New Zealand and Singapore Airlines fly direct from New Zealand to Singapore. It will take you at least 10 and a half hours.
When to visit
Weather-wise, there’s no ‘best time’ to visit Singapore. The country has warm and humid weather all year round. It is a good idea to look at Singapore’s national holidays though, as some businesses may close during this time.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Singapore.
Singapore is relatively Westernised, but there are some different business customers. It’s a good idea to be prepared for these if you want to make the right impression. For example, business cards should be handed over with both hands. When you receive a card, make a point of looking at it carefully. This shows respect and politeness.
Download our guide on this page for more cultural tips.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Singapore
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Singapore, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Singapore
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Singapore, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Singapore page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.