Relations between Turkey and Singapore

Turkey established diplomatic relations with Singapore on 12 February 1969 and opened her Embassy on 1 November 1985. The Singaporean Embassy in Ankara was opened in 2012. However, the first resident Singaporean Ambassador arrived in Ankara on 27 July 2015.

The relations that are enhancing and deepening between Turkey and Singapore have been reiterated by the high level visits in recent years. H.E. President Erdoğan, then in his capacity as Prime Minister, visited Singapore on 8-9 January 2014. It was the first Prime Minister level visit from Turkey to Singapore after an 18 year interval.

H.E. Prime Minister Lee visited Turkey on 12-15 October 2014. It was the first ever official visit from Singapore to Turkey at the level of Prime Minister after a 24 year interval. Prime Minister H.E Binali Yıldırım paid an official visit to Singapore on 21-22 August 2017.

The joint declaration of Strategic Partnership was signed during H.E. Lee’s visit to Turkey on 12-15 October 2015.

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Turkey and Singapore was signed in November 2015 during H.E. Prime Minister Lee’s visit to Turkey on the occasion of the G-20 Leaders Summit and entered into force in October 2017. This is the most comprehensive FTA that Turkey has ever signed, as it includes public procurements and services sectors alongside trade and investment.

Turkey and Singapore have also agreements for “Prevention of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income” and “Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments”.

Although there is not a Joint Economic Commission (JEC) mechanism between Turkey and Singapore, the Turkey-Singapore Business Council, which was established in 2009, is convened regularly.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, one Singaporean undergraduate student studied under Türkiye Scholarships in Turkey.

Every year 15 Turkish students study in Singapore under TEV Scholarships since 2011, in accordance with the agreement between Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Boğaziçi University, Koç University and Turkish Education Foundation (TEV). The agreement aims to enhance cooperation in certain areas including research and doctorate education, exchange of academic instructors and providing scholarships.

Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines have seven and five flights per week respectively between Turkey and Singapore route.

Approximately 750 Turkish citizens reside in Singapore, while 75 Singaporean citizens are registered to be resident in Turkey as of 2017.