How To Live In JB As A Singaporean To Escape 9% GST – Legalities, Cost Of Living & Where To Rent

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How to live in JB as a Singaporean

Yeah, you’ve heard. GST has gone up by another 1% this year, inflation has peaked, and Singapore has been listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s no wonder that Singaporeans have been making mad dashes to JB every weekend – whether to stock up on groceries from supermarkets near the causeway or to get a cheap massage at JB spas.

So, it begs the question: how feasible would it be to live in JB as a Singaporean? The prospects of lower daily expenses and cheaper housing arrangements are attractive enough for one to wonder if it’s possible. If you’re thinking about it too, here’s a guide on how to go about it.

*All numbers quoted in this article are accurate as of January 2024.

Is it possible to live in JB and work in Singapore?

Let’s be real, we all want to be earning Singapore Dollars and spending Malaysian Ringgit. Win-win, right? This would mean we’d be looking at a scenario where we continue working under a company in Singapore while staying in JB. That would be the ideal case but the answer to whether that’s legally possible isn’t as straightforward. 

It’s common knowledge that Singapore passport holders don’t require a visa to travel to Malaysia if they’re planning to stay less than 30 days. Anything more and you’ll need to exit the country, stay outside for at least 30 days, and then re-enter. For continuous stays of up to 90 days, one can apply for a single entry visa instead.

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