Visa policy of Singapore

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Most visitors to Singapore can enter the country without a visa; however some visitors must first obtain a visa in advance before being allowed to enter Singapore. Citizens of almost 80% of all countries of the world may travel to Singapore for a period of 30 days or 90 days without a visa, depending on their nationality.[1][2] . Since 15 August 2018, successful visa applicants from all countries are issued with Electronic visas instead of visa stickers.

Entry requirements[edit]

All visitors to Singapore must:

  • hold a passport or a travel document valid for more than 6 months at the time of departure,[3]
  • hold an onward or return ticket;[3]
  • have sufficient funds for the duration of stay in Singapore;[3]
  • have submitted an Electronic Arrival Card[4] online or completed a physical Disembarkation/Embarkation Card at points of entry;[3]
  • have entry documents (including a visa if required) to their next destination (if applicable);[3]
  • have a visa and/or a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Singapore (if applicable).[3]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Singapore

Visa-free[edit]

All citizens from any country included in neither the Assessment Level I nor the Assessment Level II lists are allowed a maximum stay of 30 days without a visa in Singapore, except the holders of the following passports who are allowed to stay in Singapore for up to 90 days:[2]

1 - Visa-free entry for British passport holders without proof of right of abode in the United Kingdom is shortened to 30 days.

Holders of Taiwan Taiwan passports who do not have the right of abode in Taiwan must have a valid Taiwan re-entry permit.[6]

Visa required[edit]

Singapore groups visa requiring nationals into two groups – Assessment Level I and Assessment Level II countries.

Assessment Level I Countries[edit]

Holders of normal passports or travel documents issued by the following countries and territories may obtain a visa online through a local Singaporean contact or a strategic partner in Singapore, or at the nearest Singaporean diplomatic mission or one of its authorized visa agents outside Singapore. Visa will normally be issued in 1 working day, and the applicant can travel with a printout of the e-visa. Visa requirement does not apply to holders of non-ordinary passports of these countries except North Korea.[2][1]

Assessment Level II Countries[edit]

Citizens of the following countries must obtain a visa in advance. They may apply for a visa through a local Singaporean contact or a strategic partner in Singapore, or at the nearest Singaporean diplomatic mission or one of its authorized visa agents outside Singapore. Visa will normally be issued in 3 working days.[1][2]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

Of the non-ordinary passport holders of Assessment Level II countries, visa requirement does not apply to holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Bangladesh, Jordan, Tunisia and of diplomatic passports of Saudi Arabia and Morocco.[1]

Frequent Traveller Programme[edit]

The Frequent Traveller Programme allows eligible travellers to enjoy convenient immigration clearance via automated clearance facilities – also known as the enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) – at some Singapore Checkpoints.[8]

To enroll in the programme, the traveller must have visited Singapore at least 2 times previously within the last 24 months.[8] Enrolling into the programme is free of charge.[8]

Holders of passports issued by the following countries are allowed to enroll into the Frequent Traveller Programme:[8]

a - Only British citizens are eligible for enrollment.

APEC Business Travel Card[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following countries who also possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the "SGP" code on the reverse, which indicates that it is valid for travel to Singapore, can enter Singapore without a visa for business trips for up to 60 days, unless otherwise stated.[2] They are also eligible for enrollment into the Frequent Traveller Programme.

ABTCs are issued to nationals of:[9]

Visa-free transit[edit]

Nationals of Assessment Level I and II countries do not require a visa to transit through Singapore Changi Airport as long as they fulfill the following requirements:[10]

  • have an onward ticket,
  • remain in the transit area,
  • have their luggages checked to their final destination,
  • do not clear immigration to enter Singapore, and,
  • are not travelling on a low-cost airline (except for passengers travelling on Scoot with Scoot-thru).

Nationals of certain Assessment Level I countries may enter Singapore under the Visa Free Transit Facility.

Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF)[edit]

Nationals of China and India[edit]

Nationals of  China and  India may enter Singapore without a visa for 96 hours if they are in transit to or from any third country by air, when possessing a valid visa or long-term residence permit with validity of at least one month issued by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom or United States.[11]

Single journey visas issued by these eight countries are also acceptable for transit, but if using the VFTF on the return journey (i.e. after the single journey visa has been used) the traveller must travel directly from the visa-issuing country and directly back to the home country, and they must have not returned to their home country since the single journey visa was last used.

They may enter Singapore by any mode of transport but must depart by air or sea.[11] They must have a valid onward air/ferry/cruise ticket departing Singapore within 96 hours.[11]

Nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine[edit]

Nationals of the following countries may enter Singapore without a visa for 96 hours if they are in transit to or from any third country. These nationals may use the VFTF on both the forward and the return journey. They may enter Singapore by any mode of transport but must depart by air.[11]

Mandatory yellow fever vaccination[edit]

Any person entering Singapore over one year of age, regardless of nationality, are required to have a valid International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever if they have been in or have passed through any country at risk of yellow fever within the preceding six days. From 1 May 2016, the International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is valid for life. This lifetime validity applies to all existing and new certificates, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination.[12]

SG Electronic Arrival Card[edit]

Prior to entering Singapore, visitors are required to submit an Electronic Arrival Card (Beta) online, which provides arrival information and trip details by foreign visitors, to Singapore immigration.[4]

Foreign visitors arriving via cruise liners and those entering Singapore to assume work pass status, are ineligible[4] to use the online service above, and have to submit paper-based cards as stated below.

Otherwise, foreign visitors will have the alternative option, to complete a paper-based disembarkation/embarkation (D/E) card and submit the paper card on arrival. The paper-based system is expected to be phased out in the foreseeable future.[4]

Foreign visitors can submit their personal information and trip details via an official link or via the "SG Arrival Card" mobile application from either the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).[4]

The Electronic Arrival Card is free of charge. The Electronic Arrival Card is not a substitute for a visa.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Singapore on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Check if You Need an Entry Visa". ICA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Entry Requirements". Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Singapore. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Electronic Arrival Card (Beta)". Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Singapore. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  5. ^ https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/closer-economic-partnership-singapore-comes-force-1-january
  6. ^ Passport Information
  7. ^ CNA (21 November 2019). "No visa required for Hong Kong passport holders to enter Singapore, ICA clarifies". CNA. CNA. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d "ICA | Frequent Traveller Programme". www.ica.gov.sg. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  9. ^ "ABTC Summary". Travel@APEC. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  10. ^ Flight transfer
  11. ^ a b c d "Visa Free Transit Facility". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  13. ^ "International Visitor Arrivals". Singapore Tourism Board. Archived from the original on January 22, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  14. ^ Excludes Malaysian citizens arriving by land.

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