Singapore is not in China! How to send mail to Singapore.

The confused US Postal worker who wrote “CHINA” on this envelope must have gotten Singapore confused with Hong Kong.

Technically, it’s better for people outside Singapore to write “Singapore” or “Rep. of Singapore” or “Republic of Singapore” on the last line to indicate that “Singapore” is the country as well as the city. After all, there are a few other places called “Singapore”.

Below are several complete address examples for postal mail to Singapore. All of them include a six-digit postal code. The last line can be omitted if you are in Singapore sending postal mail to someplace else in Singapore—or if you have faith in your country’s knowledge of global geography.

Example postal address formats for Singapore

The following postal address format would be used for a residence or business in Example Building for a unit on the seventh floor.

Mr. Example Name
123 Example Rd.
#07-11 Example Building
Singapore 123456
Republic of Singapore

The following postal address format would be used for a residence or business in a government-owned “Housing Development Board” building. These buildings are called “blocks” and are numbered. Most Singaporeans own and live in residential units in HDB blocks, though some are rented.

Mr. Example Name
Block 123 Example Ave. 4
#07-11 Example HDB
Singapore 123123
Republic of Singapore

I’ve written the road as “Example Ave. 4” because Singapore has a lot of roads with the same name that have numbers on the end.

In the screenshot below, I’ve underlined Clementi Avenue 2, Clementi Avenue 3, Clementi Avenue 4, Clementi Avenue 5, and Clementi Road.

I love streetdirectory.com. Seems to have better info than Google Maps.

I also underlined “Clementi Jade” on the map. That’s the name of a group of numbered HDB blocks.

You might also see the HDB unit number on the same line as the block and road, with no HDB complex name, since not every HDB block is in a named complex:

Mr. Example Name
Block 123 Example Rd. #07-11
Singapore 123123
Republic of Singapore

The following postal address format would be used for a residence or business that occupies the whole building.

Mr. Example Name
123 Example Rd.
Singapore 123456
Republic of Singapore

Residences with this kind of postal address are uncommon. Once, a Singaporean and I were discussing attending an event at someone’s home. She thought the address provided for the event was incomplete because there was no block or unit number, only a street address. Even people with this kind of address usually live in houses physically attached to another house on one or both sides.

Chinatown in November 2008. The circular fountain in the plaza near the center of the picture is now a construction site where they’re building a tower.