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Welcome to Singapore’s Representative Office Management System.   This system enables you to apply for or renew your Representative Office registration online.  All you need is a standard Web browser with Internet Explorer 7.0 and above.


Why Register a Representative Office?

Singapore has established itself as a reputable financial and regional trading centre. It is the world’s busiest port and a top location for investments in the Asia Pacific region.  Factors such as strategic location, a competitive workforce, pro-business environment and forward looking economic policies have enabled Singapore to be the world’s gateway to Asia.

Foreign entities that are keen on exploring the viability of doing business in Singapore, or are interested in using Singapore as a launch pad into the Asia Pacific, may wish to set up a Representative Office (RO).  A RO has the benefit of allowing a foreign entity to assess the business environment in Singapore before deciding to set up a permanent establishment.

With effect from 1 January 2012, a RO of foreign commercial entity may operate in Singapore for a maximum of three (3) years from its commencement date, provided that the RO status is evaluated and renewed.  ROs which decide to continue their presence in Singapore thereafter should register their operations with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore.


Application Procedures

Foreign entities can submit their applications or renew their Representative Office registrations at via a secured online application form.

All new applications of foreign commercial entity must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Sales Turnover of the foreign entity must be > US$250,000
  • No. of years of establishment of the foreign entity must be >= 3 years
  • Proposed No. of staff for RO should be < 5 people

All new applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Softcopy attachment (in English or an official English translation) of the foreign entity’s Certificate of Incorporation or Registration Certificate (as applicable).
  • Softcopy attachments of the foreign entity’s latest Audited Accounts.

All ROs must comply with the Terms and Conditions. Please [ click here ] for details.   

A processing fee of S$200 per year is applicable. The processing fee is non-refundable for unsuccessful or withdrawn applications.  Payment can be made by any of the following modes:

  • Cheque drawn on a bank located in Singapore (must be crossed and made payable to International Enterprise Singapore).
  • Bank Draft in Singapore Dollars payable by a bank located in Singapore ( made payable to International Enterprise Singapore) .
  • Credit Card (either Master or Visa Card) when submitting application online.

Please mail your cheque or bank draft to International Enterprise Singapore’s HQ at the following address after submitting your application online:


Representative Office Unit
Trade Group
International Enterprise Singapore
230 Victoria Street #07-00
Bugis Junction Towers
Singapore 188024