More information about Singapore is available on the Singapore country page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
For more than 55 years, the United States and Singapore have forged an expansive and enduring relationship based on mutual economic interests, robust security and defense cooperation, and enduring people-to-people ties. Our two countries have worked as close partners in support of the rules-based economic and security order in the Indo-Pacific and have consistently partnered to address global threats and challenges to include terrorism, transnational crime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Singapore and the United States are closely linked. More than 30,000 U.S. citizens live in Singapore, and nearly 4,000 Singaporeans study in the United States and more than 1,000 U.S. citizens study in Singapore each year (note: the number of students is currently lower due to COVID-19).
The United States and Singapore work together for greater impact in the region and across the globe. As a founding member of ASEAN and a champion of the rules-based international order, Singapore is a key U.S. partner in the Indo-Pacific. One mechanism that further strengthens our cooperation for the benefit of the Indo-Pacific region is the U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP). Aimed at providing technical assistance and training to ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste, TCTP focuses on connectivity, sustainable development, and regional resilience. Since TCTP was established almost a decade ago, Singapore and the United States have jointly organized 65 courses and trained more than 1,300 government officials from ASEAN member states, Timor-Leste, and the ASEAN Secretariat in the areas of trade, intellectual property, environment, health, urban planning, disaster management, and cybersecurity, among others.
U.S. Assistance to Singapore
The Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program has been active in Singapore since 2003 and has provided more than $2.5 million in technical exchanges and assistance. EXBS’ goals in Singapore are to encourage active targeting and enforcement of export controls, full compliance with the four multilateral export control regimes, and cooperation on counter-proliferation prosecution and investigation matters. EXBS also works with Singapore as a regional leader to promote strategic trade controls and to mentor ASEAN member states that lack export controls.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States has a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with Singapore that entered into force in 2004. Singapore is the United States’ largest trading partner in Southeast Asia, and 18th largest trading partner overall. The FTA between the United States and Singapore supports approximately 215,000 American jobs, and our bilateral goods and services trade surpassed $93 billion in 2020. There are more than 4,500 U.S. companies registered in Singapore and the United States is the largest foreign investor in Singapore, with about $270 billion in direct investments. Singapore is a visa waiver program country, which allows Singaporeans to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
Singapore’s Membership in International Organizations
Singapore and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the UN, APEC, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
Principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
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More information about Singapore is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: