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Singapore Visa Requirements: Visa-Free Countries…

Singapore Visa Requirements: Visa-Free Countries…

By Coco YangUpdated May. 9, 2022

Passport holders from most countries, like the USA, Canada, the UK, and most European countries, enjoy visa-free entry to Singapore for 30 or 90 days. Other countries must apply for an Entry Visa or use the Visa-Free Transit Facility for short stays (<4 days). Find out all about the requirements for each below.

Singapore’s Visa-Free Countries

Most countries, including Canada and the UK, can travel to Singapore visa-free for a maximum of 30 days. Nationals from the following countries are allowed to stay in Singapore for 90 days:

  • The United States

  • Australia

  • European Union citizens

  • New Zealand

  • Norway

  • South Korea

  • Switzerland

Entry Requirements

Even if you are exempt from a Singapore visa, you still need to present yourself for immigration clearance when you enter Singapore. The basic entry requirements are as follows:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months

  • Sufficient funds for the length of your intended stay (from US$80 per day is recommended)

  • A completed Singapore Arrival Card1 and e-Pass2. Apply for it about 3 days in advance from: https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard/

  • A confirmed onward or return ticket (where applicable)

  • Evidence that you can enter your next destination (for example, a visa)

Notes:

  1. The Singapore Arrival Card is quick to fill in with a few personal identifiers, trip details, and a health declaration. All travelers entering Singapore complete one. 

  2. From 11 March 2022, all foreigners who are eligible for entry into Singapore will receive a Visit Pass (e-Pass) by email, showing the number of days they can stay. Please provide a valid email address for your e-Pass when you fill in the Singapore Arrival Card.

Who Needs a Visa to Visit Singapore?

If you are a national of one of the below countries (Assessment Level Countries), you will need a visa when you travel to Singapore.

  • Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan,

  • Bangladesh, Belarus

  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

  • Egypt,

  • Georgia,

  • India, Iran, Iraq,

  • Jordan

  • Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan

  • Lebanon, Libya,

  • Mali, Moldova, Morocco,

  • Nigeria

  • Pakistan, People’s Republic of China (PRC)

  • Russia,

  • Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria

  • Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan

  • Ukraine, Uzbekistan,

  • Yemen

People (including nationals from an Assessment Level Country) who hold a diplomatic, service, or official passport are allowed to enter Singapore without a visa. In addition, you will also need a Singapore visa if you are travelling with the following documents, even if your country is visa-exempt:

  • A Palestinian Authority passport

  • A Hong Kong Document of Identity issued by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • A Macao Special Administrative Region Travel Permit

  • A temporary passport issued by the United Arab Emirates

  • Refugee travel documents issued by a Middle East country

How to Apply for a Singapore Visa?

People who require an Entry Visa to visit Singapore can apply in these ways:

1. Through a local contact, an authorized visa agent, or a strategic partner. They will submit the visa application on your behalf online using Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA’s) e-Service. (A local contact should be more than 21 years old.)

2. At a Singapore embassy office

If you are staying near a Singapore embassy, it might be easier for you to go to the office to apply for the visa in person. If not, it is better to find a local contact or an agent to help you, because you cannot submit a Singapore visa application yourself on the ICA website, as you do not have the authorization. A local Singapore citizen can register on SingPass and submit an application for you.

Documents Required

Please prepare the following documents when you submit the visa application:

  • A completed Singapore Visa Application Form. You can download the form here.

  • Passport-sized color photos taken within the last three months. At least two photos are needed and the dimensions must be 400x514 pixels. See more about photo guidelines here.

  • A photocopy (on A4 paper) of your passport bio-data page. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date when you enter Singapore.

  • A photocopy of your travel itinerary or booked roundtrip airline tickets (on A4 paper)

  • A letter of introduction for the visa application from your local contact or strategic partner. Here is the template to download.

  • Your VISA or MasterCard details to pay for the visa processing fee.

  • A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate for nationals from the following countries or those who will have visited these countries before travelling to Singapore:

Angola Democratic Republic of the Congo Mauritania
Argentina Equatorial Guinea Mali
Burkina Faso Ecuador Nigeria
Bolivia Ethiopia Niger
Benin French Guiana Peru
Burundi Guyana South Sudan
Brazil Ghana Sierra Leone
Chad Gambia Suriname
Colombia Guinea-Bissau Sudan
Central African Republic Gabon Senegal
Cote d’Ivoire Guinea Trinidad and Tobago
Cameroon Kenya Togo
Congo Liberia Uganda

It normally takes about 3–5 working days to process an Entry Visa. Some applications may take longer.

Visa Fees for Applying for a Singapore Tourist Visa (Entry Visa)

 Once You Have an Entry Visa

If your visa application is successful, you will receive a Short-Term Visa Pass (an STVP e-Pass), which is valid for 14–30 days. You must also fulfill the basic entry requirements (also shown above). This includes filling in a Singapore Arrival Card before going.

The Singapore Visa-Free Transit Facility      

Nationals from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Georgia, India, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine may be eligible for the Visa-Free Transit Facility allowing a visa-free stay in Singapore of up to 96 hours.

You do not need to use the visa-free transit facility (or get a visa or fulfill any of the other entry requirements) if you pass through Singapore without leaving the transit area of the airport.

Requirements for India

  1. Depart Singapore by air or by sea

  2. Have a long-term visa for one of the below countries. The visa must be valid for at least 1 month from the date when you enter Singapore.

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • Germany

  • Japan

  • New Zealand

  • Switzerland

  • United Kingdom

  • United States of America

Requirement for the CIS, Georgia, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine

Depart Singapore by air with a valid onward flight ticket.

Documents Required for the Visa-Free Transit Facility

  • A passport, which is valid for at least six months from the time you must depart Singapore.

  • A booked onward travel ticket (flight or ship)

  • A visa for your next destination country, if applicable.

  • Sufficient funds (from US$80 per day is recommended) to cover your stay in Singapore

  • An e-Pass, having filled in a Singapore Arrival Card 3 days before travel.

Please note that the information above is for reference only. It is suggested that you check with the Singapore embassy offices in your country for any updates to policy. Or browse the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s official website, which may have more info: https://www.ica.gov.sg/.

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