School Aged Children - Don't assume your child will be accepted into any local private school of your choice. You are strongly advised to inform your sponsor of any concerns regarding your school age child and also work closely with the School Liaison Officer regarding the school application process. Due to the strict attendance guidelines at many schools, you are discouraged from taking extended leave during the school year prior to reporting on board. Local schools frown on excessive absences even for relocation purposes. Being affiliated with the U.S. Forces (active duty or civilian) does not guarantee acceptance to any school.
Special needs programs for children are very limited.
Pets - Unless you are coming from Hawaii, England/Ireland or Australia/New Zealand, most pets will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days at the Animal Quarantine Station (AQS). Quarantine space books up fast during peak moving months (June - August) so please be sure to begin the AVS process early .
The following breeds are not allowed to be imported into Singapore:
For pet importation guidelines and policy, please be sure to visit https://www.nparks.gov.sg/avs. There are several airlines that allow pets to be imported to Singapore as excess baggage. The list changes frequently as do the rules. Please be sure to check directly with your preferred airline for the most up to date rules/process. If your pet is small enough, you can bring the pet with you in the cabin. Korean Air, ANA, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Air France and Singapore Airlines are just some of the airlines that allow for this. Please check with the airlines on the process to book and bring your pet(s) with you to Singapore and remember to check pet transit requirements if your flight to Singapore includes a layover. Some airports do not allow for pets to transit through. Bringing your pets in cabin or as excess baggage is the most cost effective way to move with pets. There are several pet relocation agencies that also provide this service but the cost will be significantly higher.
Passports - Obtain a passport for every member of your family. A tourist passport is strongly advised.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Singapore Area Coordinator has limited support services, please read the Welcome Aboard letter for detailed information on available services.
Established in 2007, Singapore Area Coordinator (SAC) provides comprehensive shore support services to the Fleet, Fighter and Family. Supporting a broad customer base of U.S. military members from four services, U.S. civilian employees, family members and Singaporean nationals, plus visiting ships and aircrafts, SAC efficiently delivers top-quality services while maintaining a quality of life standard that's second to none.
The U.S. Navy's presence in Singapore dates back to the 1960s. Initially established as Mobile Support Unit Foxtrot in 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Naval Regional Contracting Center (NRCC) is the oldest Department of Defense organization operating in Singapore. The command's mission was to provide supplies and contracting support for U.S. Navy ships and commands throughout the U.S. Seventh Fleet area of responsibility.
In 1991, NRCC moved its offices from downtown Singapore to its present location at the Port of Singapore Authority's Sembawang Terminal. In 1992, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific relocated to Singapore from the Philippines, assuming several maintenance and resupply duties that NRCC performed at the time.
In 2007, Commander, Singapore Area Coordinator was established to be responsible for the overall shore installation management in Singapore. Singapore Area Coordinator's mission is to provide the highest level of customer service possible to the Fleet and their families, while ensuring all Regional Fleet Readiness objectives are met, and continued supporting the Navy's mission to provide efficient and cost effective shore installation management services and support
When NRCC became part of the Singapore Area Coordinator (SAC), the command's mission also changed; its contracting and supply functions now turned over to other commands, and focus shifted to providing shore support activities for the Fleet, Fighter and Family. The command provides administrative support, housing, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and family support services to seventeen Tenant Commands; which include Navy, Army, Air Force, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Joint commands present in Singapore. Additionally, SAC is tasked to focus on Navy, Joint and Coalition coordination of military activities with the Host Nation in support of regional engagement and security.
In October of 2018, SAC was reclassified as an installation aligned under Commander, Navy Region Japan.
Other detachments and armed forces services located in the building 7-4 terminal or elsewhere in Singapore include Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73, 497th Combat Training Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Det Singapore, U.S. Army Veterinarian Services, U.S. Air Force, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Naval Oceanographic Office, Navy Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka (NAVSUP), Customer Support Detachment (CSD), Ship Support Unit (SSU), Military Sealift Command Far East (MSCFE), Sealift Logistics Command, Far East (SEALOGFE), Air Mobility Squadron, Det 2, Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). All permanently stationed personnel and their family members are eligible to receive support through Singapore Area Coordinator's services.
Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state in Southeast Asia located 85 miles north of the equator at the southern most tip of the Thai -Malay Peninsula. There is no U.S. Military Base in Singapore. Singapore Area Coordinator (SAC) and several tenant commands are located in building 7-4 terminal inside the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) Sembawang. PSA Sembawang is located in the far north region of Singapore and could be considered semi-rural as it is approximately 45 minutes away from much of the excitement and entertainment of downtown. Yet, with military facilities close by, a 5 -15 minute drive to several shopping centers and easy access to public transportation. PSA Sembawang is designated a restricted area by the Singapore government to other than authorized personnel. Changi International Airport is about 30 minutes east of Sembawang. There is no base operator.
A free shuttle van operates Monday -Friday from 6:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. between building 7-4 terminal at PSA Sembawang and the housing community. Taxis are not permitted entrance to PSA Sembawang and please consider it is a 10-15 minute walk from the front gate to building 7-4 terminal and wharves. Shuttle bus schedules can be picked up at the Fleet and Family Support Office, Com Rec, or the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) lobby. There is no shuttle service available on the weekends or on Singapore and American Public Holidays. Walking to bus stops and MRT stations could be up to 20 minutes. Newcomers are often surprised by the amount of walking required in Singapore. Please come prepared with good walking shoes.