Visa policy of Singapore
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Visitors to Singapore can either enter the country without a visa or in some cases they must first obtain a visa. Citizens of almost 80% of the world's countries may travel to Singapore for a period of 30 days or 90 days without a visa, depending on their nationality. Countries requiring visas are categorized into countries eligible to apply for an electronic visa and countries whose citizens need a visa vignette.
All visitors to Singapore must:
- hold a passport or a travel document valid for more than 6 months at the time of departure,
- hold an onward or return ticket,
- have sufficient funds to stay in Singapore,
- have entry documents (including a visa) to their next destination, if required,
- have a completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card, and,
- have a visa and/or a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Singapore (if applicable).
- 1 Visa policy map
- 2 Visa-free
- 3 Visa required
- 4 APEC Business Travel Card
- 5 Visa-free transit
- 6 Mandatory yellow fever vaccination
- 7 Statistics
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Visa policy map
Citizens of all countries not included in Assessment Level I and 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 for 90 days:
1 - Visa-free entry for British passport holders without proof of right of abode in the United Kingdom are shortened to 30 days.
Singapore groups visa requiring nationals into two groups – Assessment Level I and Assessment Level II countries.
Assessment Level I Countries
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.
- Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes
- Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region Travel Permit
Assessment Level II Countries
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, and a visa vignette is affixed on the applicant's passport.
- Holders of temporary passports issued by the United Arab Emirates
- Holders of Refugee travel documents issued by Middle-East countries
- Stateless persons (holder of alien's passport, such as certificate of identity and refugee travel document, is considered as stateless by ICA, regardless the nationality appearing on the holder's travel document)
Other than non-ordinary passport holders of Assessment Level I countries (except North Korea), 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.
APEC Business Travel Card
Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the "SGP" code on the reverse that it is valid for travel to Singapore can enter visa-free for business trips for up to 60 days.
ABTCs are issued to nationals of:
- 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 and passengers traveling on Tigerair with Tigerconnect).
Nationals of certain Assessment Level I countries may enter Singapore under the Visa Free Transit Facility.
Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF)
Nationals of China and India
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.
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.
Nationals of China and India are only allowed to use the VFTF once in their itinerary (either on the forward or the return journey but not both). They must also enter and depart by air.
Nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine
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.
Mandatory yellow fever vaccination
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.
Most visitors arriving to Singapore on short term basis were from the following countries of nationality:
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Singapore.|
- "Check if You Need an Entry Visa". ICA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air.
- "Entry Requirements". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Passport Information
- "ABTC Summary". Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- Flight transfer
- "Visa Free Transit Facility". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
- "International Visitor Arrivals". Singapore Tourism Board. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- Excludes Malaysian citizens arriving by land.