If you need to hold or transact in Singaporean dollars, an SGD account could be the answer. You can avoid costly currency conversions and get the real exchange rate.
Read on for all the details on how SGD accounts work and where to open one.
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Where to open a Singapore dollar account
How to open a Singapore dollar account
If you’re looking to open a Singaporean dollar account in Australia, here’s what you need to know.
- Choose a provider. You can use a traditional bank, but opening a Singaporean dollar account online is much faster. We have listed reputable, tried, and trusted services on this page.
- Open an account. You'll need to provide your personal or business details, proof of identity, and contact information. Some providers may require additional documents, such as proof of address.
- Add funds. You can choose to fund your account with a credit or debit card or with a bank transfer such as an invoice payment.
What to look for
Here are some of the key things to look out for when choosing a Singaporean dollar account.
- What other currencies are supported? If you eventually want to transact in other currencies, it may be helpful to use a provider that supports multiple currencies.
- Linked card. Does the account come with a debit card? Can it be used with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or another digital wallet?
- Funding methods. What is the minimum amount that can be deposited? Are there any restrictions on what types of currencies can be used to fund the account?
- Account fees. Are there any minimum deposit requirements for the account?
- Foreign currency transaction fees. Are there any taxes or fees to convert other currencies into SGD?
- Minimum balance. Some accounts in Singapore require a minimum balance, which may incur fees if not met.
- Maximum balance. Is there a maximum limit on how much you can keep in the account?
- Overdraft facility. Can you get access to an overdraft?
- Supported transfer types. What are the options and fees?
- Settlement time. How long does it take for inbound and outbound transfers take to clear?
- Withdrawals and payments. Are there any daily, weekly, or monthly limitations?
- The interest rate. How much would you earn if you help SGD in the account?
- Cashback and other perks. For example, can you get cashback on purchases made with a linked debit card?
- Flexibility and tools. How does the account integrate with the other services you use every day?
Still not sure?
Pros and cons
- Send invoices to your Singaporean clients and customers in their local currency.
- Receive payments from Singapore in SGD without having to convert to another currency.
- Save money on online purchases and import payments made in Singaporean dollars.
- Use your Singaporean dollar account to shop online with local or foreign merchants in Singapore dollars.
- Reap the benefits of a strong currency by holding Singaporean dollars in your account.
- Traditional banks may require you to open a local currency account first before you can open an SGD account.
- There may be a limit on the amount of foreign currency you can hold in your account.
- A variety of fees are applicable on foreign currency accounts.
Want more help?
Can I open a Singapore dollar account in Australia?
Yes, you can open a Singapore dollar account in Australia with any of the listed providers.
What types of Singapore dollar accounts are there?
You can open either a Singapore dollar personal or business account. Opening a Singapore dollar account for a company may require the provision of additional documents.
What can a Singapore dollar account be used for?
A Singapore dollar account is useful for collecting payments from marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay, payment processors such as PayPal, and buy now pay later platforms such as Klarna. You can also use your account to pay overseas suppliers and pay off foreign loans.
Do Singapore dollar accounts in Australia pay interest?
Some Singapore dollar accounts pay interest on balances, but the interest rates are typically very low.
What fees are applicable on a Singapore dollar account?
Fees vary depending on the provider and may include any of the following:
- Account opening fees
- Monthly maintenance or ongoing fees
- Telegraphic transfer fees on receipts and payments
- Currency conversion fees
- Cardholder fees for any linked debit cards
- Cash withdrawal fees and ATM fees
- Interest in overdraft facilities
How long does it take to open a Singapore dollar account?
The time it takes to open a Singapore dollar account depends on who you are opening the account with.
The fastest way to get a Singapore dollar account is with an online provider such as Wise or Airwallex. Expect it to take longer for a traditional bank to make an SGD account available.
It is best to begin the process at least a few business days before you use your Singapore dollar account.