New in 2020 about relocating to Singapore: 1) Tighter foreign worker quota for service sector; 2) Legal age for smoking raised to 20; 3) Fewer approved overseas medical schools; 4) Goods and services tax (GST) payable on digital services from overseas providers; 5) E-scooters are banned from footpath; 6) Drones over 250g must be registered.
TIGHTER FOREIGN WORKER QUOTA FOR SERVICE SECTOR
Companies in the service sector will have to rely even less on foreign workers. The DRC cuts will affect Services firms with a higher reliance on foreign workers.
- From 1 Jan 2020 - 40% to 38%
- From 1 Jan 2021 - 38% to 35%
Services S Pass Sub-DRC:
- From 1 Jan 2020 - 15% to 13%
- From 1 Jan 2021 - 13% to 10%
For the subset of S Pass workers - mid-skilled foreigners earning at least $2,300 a month - the quota will be cut from 15 per cent now to 13 per cent on Jan 1 next year, and to 10 per cent on Jan 1, 2021.
LEGAL AGE FOR SMOKING RAISED TO 20
The minimum legal age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of tobacco products will be raised from 19 to 20 years old from 1 Jan 2020. This is the second step of the Government’s three-year plan to progressively raise the minimum legal age to 21 years old.
And from July 2020, all tobacco products will be sold in a standardised packaging with enlarged graphic health warnings. No logos, colours, or promotional information is allowed, and brand names will be printed in a standard colour and font style.
FEWER APPROVED OVERSEAS MEDICAL SCHOOLS
Those going overseas to study medicine with the aim of practising as doctors here will have fewer schools to choose from. The number of approved overseas medical schools will be cut from 160 to 103 from 1 Jan 2020 (refer to the Singapore Medical Council and MOH). Students who have already secured a place or who are currently studying at one of the 57 schools will not be affected.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) PAYABLE ON DIGITAL SERVICES FROM OVERSEAS PROVIDERS
From 1 Jan 2020, Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be payable on digital services, including those provided by overseas companies. This includes digital subscriptions like Netflix, Spotify, Apple iCloud, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Microsoft Office 365.
It is at the companies' discretion on what to do with the GST they now have to pay on sales generated from Singapore customers - such as increasing prices by 7 per cent or absorbing the additional cost.
E-SCOOTERS ARE BANNED FROM FOOTPATH
The Land Transport Authority's (LTA) “zero-tolerance” approach kicks in when the new year begins. From Jan 1, 2020, those caught riding an e-scooter on footpaths will be liable for a fine of up to S$2,000 and/or jail of up to three months.
DRONES OVER 250G MUST BE REGISTERED
From 2 April 2020, any unmanned aircraft (UA) with a total weight of above 250 grams must be registered before it can be operated in Singapore. Some examples of UA include radio-controlled aircraft, drones and remote-controlled kites.
The UA registration is a two-step process comprising:
- Purchase of a registration label;
- Completion of the online registration via the UA Portal.
A registration fee of $15 will be collected at the point of purchase of each registration label.
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