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Applying for China Visa in Singapore

Singaporeans do not need a visa to travel to China. Unfortunately, i hold a Malaysian passport so Visa is a requirement.  The official website for the Chinese Visa Application Service Center is here.  However there is still a lot of information to digest. The center is conveniently located in CBD. Upon arriving at the lobby, you will see signs that leads you the center.

  • Address: 80 Robinson Road, #16-01/02/02A, Singapore 068898
  • Business Hours: Monday-Friday.Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
    Submission of applications: 9:00to 15:00.
  • Payment and collection: 9:00 to 16:00.

Documents required

This is based on a Malaysian as a Singapore PR applying Chinese Visa in Singapore.

  1.  Complete the online application form and print it out. You can also download the PDF application form and fill out manually.
  2. A passport sized (43mm x 33mm) photo with white background. There is a passport photo machine at the center.
  3. Confirmed flight booking ticket/itinerary
  4. Confirmed hotel/AirBnB booking
  5. Re-entry permit (REP) for PR
  6. Singapore PR NRIC. For EP/S-Pass/WP holders, your corresponding passes
  7. Colour photocopy of the first page of your passport.  There is a color photocopying service behind the reception at $1.00

If you forgot to print out a document or a booking, the reception also provides “Email to print” service at $1.00 per piece.

Processing time and fees

  1.  Regular service: The processing time is usually 4 working days. (If you apply on Tuesday, you can get it by Friday 9:00am.) – $110 Single, $135 for Double entry
  2.  Express service: The processing time is usually 3 working days. (If you apply on Tuesday, you can get it by Thursday 9:00am.) – $175 Single, $200 Double entry
  3.  Urgent service: The processing time is usually 2 working days. (Submission before 14:00, you can collect next day 9:00 – 16:00) – $220 Single, $245 Doule entry

Payment is on collection day itself. Cash, NETS and Union Pay is accepted.

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus pricing compared


iphone 6s selection

iPhone 6s color selection





It’s that time of the year again. Every September we are presented with a new iPhone. On September 12th, pre-orders began in 12 countries namely United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Most notable here is China which makes it’s debut in the initial launch countries. It is a massive market for iPhones, which also means the grey market would be a whole lot weaker for this launch. I’m expecting the new “Rose Gold” (or pink that some argue) to be a hit in Asia.

Here i explore the pricing differentiation (using 64/128GB models) across six countries – Singapore, Australia, US, UK, Hong Kong and China.
(all USD conversion accurate as of 22nd Sep 2015 via XE UCC)

iPhone 6S

Country6S 64GB Price (native)6S 64GB Price (USD)6S 128GB Price (native)6S 128GB Price (USD)
US$749$749.00$849.00$849.00
UK£619$959.00£699$1,083.00
AustraliaA$1,229$876.00A$1,379$983.00
SingaporeS$1,218$863.00S$1,388$984.00
Hong KongHK$6,388$824.00HK$7,188$927.00
ChinaRMB6,088$956.00RMB 6,888$1,082.00







iPhone 6S Plus
Country6S+64GB Price (native)6S+64GB Price (USD)6S+ 128GB Price (native)6S+ 128GB Price (USD)
US$849$849.00$949$949.00
UK£619$959.00£789$1,223.00
AustraliaA$1,379$983.00A$1,529$1,090.00
SingaporeS$1,388$984.00S$1,588$1,126.00
Hong KongHK$7,188$927.00HK$8,088$1,044.00
ChinaRMB 6,888$1,082.00RMB 7,788$1,223.00

US is the cheapest of the six countries compared to get the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and UK/China’s selling price is the highest. To put things in perspective, comparing an iPhone 6S Plus 128GB’s pricing in UK (US$1223) vs US (US$979), the difference is almost 29%. This is partly due to the high sales tax in UK (20%) and China (17%). Hong Kong second cheapest due to their 0% sales tax. The weakening AUD has made it almost the same pricing in Australia and Singapore.

More updates when Apple Malaysia releases their pricing.

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