This section provides essential information for New Zealanders undertaking a short or long-term stay in Singapore. Please contact us if you require further information.

Clubs and societies for New Zealanders

ANZA

ANZA, the Australian and New Zealand Association, was founded in 1948 and officially established in Singapore in 1961 to provide friendship and support amongst the Australian and New Zealand families based here.

ANZA supports its members by providing information, networking, social, recreational and sport involvement opportunities.

More information on activities and joining can be found on the ANZA (external link) website.

New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (Singapore)

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) [formerly New Zealand Singapore Business Council] is a non-profit organization registered in Singapore.

The Chamber seeks to promote business and social links between New Zealanders, Singaporeans, and others with an interest in developing and fostering links between New Zealand and Singapore.

The Chamber maintains a close dialogue with businesses and associations in New Zealand, Singapore and the wider region. They also communicate with the New Zealand and Singapore governments, and governmental agencies, on matters of relevance to members. They strive to provide members with a range of interesting business and social opportunities to meet, socialize and exchange information on a regular basis.

If you are interested in becoming a member or just wish to find out more information, please log on to the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) (external link) website.

Getting married in Singapore

There are a number of things that New Zealanders have to do before getting married overseas. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Office (external link) of the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington will be able to provide details.

The Registry of Marriages in Singapore is located at 7 Canning Rise, behind the National Library Carpark.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday 8am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
Saturday 8am-12pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Tel: 63389987
Fax: 63393328

Registry of Muslim Marriage
Tel: 63370207
Fax: 63371908

Registration and Recognition

Your marriage should be registered in the country where it took place. There is no legal obligation for you to have your overseas marriage also registered in New Zealand. The only practical benefit of registering your marriage in New Zealand is that a marriage certificate can be issued to you from New Zealand. However, this certificate does not replace the certificate issued to you in Singapore. Generally a marriage solemnised abroad in a non-polygamous country in accordance with the laws of that country will be deemed valid in New Zealand. Such marriages are recognised in New Zealand for the purposes of residence visa or citizenship applications.

If you feel it is essential to register your marriage in New Zealand, the 1995 Marriages Act requires that the witnessing of marriages be conducted by a New Zealand representative. You must therefore have it witnessed by an official from this High Commission.

If the ceremony is to be conducted locally and resources at the High Commission are available, then an officer may attend. All requests will be considered against the location, staff resources and convenience.

A fee will be charged for witnessing a marriage. Also, if there are any costs incurred such as accommodation and travel, these are to be met by the person who requires a witness.

Singapore work visa requirements

Full information on work and other visas for foreigners in Singapore can be obtained on the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (external link) site.

Working holiday scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a six-month working holiday visa for Singapore.

For more information, read the Singapore Ministry of Manpower website (external link).

Transferring of Singapore Immigration stamps

If you renew your passport or change other personal particulars you will need to have your Singapore Employment Pass/Dependant Pass/PR Re-Entry Permit updated.

Employment Pass holders can do this online at Ministry of Manpower (MOM) (external link) and Singapore Permanent Residents at Singapore Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA). (external link)