Important papers and documents to bring

On your person:

  • Passport
  • Innoculation records
  • Internationally recognised credit cards
  • Home and international driver's licences

In your briefcase / bag:

  • Copies of insurance policies
  • Inventories of personal luggage, air freight, and householdshipments
  • Extra passport photos
  • Medical and dental records
  • School records
  • Power of attorney
  • Will

Legal Affairs and Insurance Matters:

  • Power of Attorney: Anecdotal experience suggests that most people do not need this. But if you have property or other matters for which your signature is required, the power of attorney is essential. The power of attorney sounds simple: you transfer some of your legal rights to someone you trust. The legal wording, however, can be complicated. You want to spell out exactly what powers you are giving away. Give plenty of time for this and be clear what you want the person standing in on your behalf to do.
  • Will: Update your will and your partner's.
  • Car Insurance: Get a letter from your insurer concerning current cover and no-claim bonus. You will need this to receive your no-claim bonus in the Singapore.
  • Health Insurance: Get a letter from your insurer detailing who is covered, the type of cover and when it is paid up to.
  • Transit Insurance: Be sure your family and your belongings are insured during transit.

Health Records:

  • Medical Records: Get copies of medical records, X-rays, of your family.
  • Be sure each person's blood type is known in case a transfusion is needed.
  • Inquire about gamma globulin shots as a preventative measure against hepatitis.
  • Arrange medical examinations for each family member well in advance, three months ahead if possible, so that you can finish any needed series of immunisations before departure.
  • Dental Records: Ask for copies of records, X-rays,and a statement of any recommended orthodontic treatment. Depending on where you come from, you could find Singapore's dental treatment fees lower.
  • Prescriptions: If you or a member of your family require medication, stock up on it. Bring along a signed and dated letter from your physician about the prescription written in generic name that you can show a Singapore doctor to get a fresh prescription.
  • Optical: Get a spare pair of spectacles or contact lenses and a copy of the prescription. Contact lenses are more expensive in Singapore than in the US. Compare prices.
  • Inoculations: Bring records of your children's diphtheria, measles, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough inoculations.
  • See your veterinarian for required shots and certificates if you are bringing your pet.