Singapore Entry Requirements:
Passports, Visas and Such

"I hold a passport issued by (name of your country). Do I need a visa to enter Singapore?"




If this is your question, read on and find out if you meet Singapore entry requirements.

Important Caveat:

Please note that I am NOT an official spokesperson for the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA). Neither am I able to verify whether you need a visa to enter Singapore or not.

What I can do is to answer a few basic questions here and show you where to get reliable answers to specific visa questions.

It is your responsibility to verify with the proper authorities - and not with me - that you meet all the Singapore entry requirements. So please contact the ICA or the Singapore Embassy in your city.

By reading the information on this page, you agree to absolve me of all blame should things not work out for you.

Gabriel Tan
Editor, eTour singapore



Ensuring Entry into Singapore

To enter Singapore, a visitor must:

  1. meet the basic Singapore entry requirements, and

  2. possess a visa to enter Singapore or be visa-exempted.

On this page:

[Basic Singapore Entry Requirements]

[Singapore Visa Requirements]

[Visa Free Transit Facilities for Chinese, Indian and CIS Passport Holders]

[How to Apply for a Singapore Visa]


Basic Singapore Entry Requirements

Regardless of whether you need a visa to enter Singapore, you must possess:

  1. a passport issued by your country with at least 6 months' validity on the day you arrive in Singapore,

  2. a confirmed return ticket to your home country or a confirmed onward ticket to another country,

  3. enough money for the duration of your stay in Singapore,

  4. filled-up disembarkation/embarkation card,

  5. yellow fever vaccination certificate (if you've passed through a country endemic with yellow fever within the preceeding 6 days).


Singapore Visa Requirements

So having met the basic Singapore entry requirements, do you still need a visa to enter Singapore?

If the country issuing your passport comes under Visa Assessment Level 1 and Level 2, you need a visa to enter Singapore.

Check out this page by ICA - it lists the countries which require visas to enter Singapore.

Holders of passports issued by the following countries should also read about the Visa Free Transit Facilities (see below):

  1. People's Republic of China

  2. India

  3. Countries in the Commonweath of Independent States (CIS)


96-Hour Visa Free Transit Facilities
for Chinese, Indian and CIS Passport Holders

Holders of passports issued by China (PRC) and India may be given Visa Free Transit Facilities (VFTF) upon arrival if they have a valid visa or long term entry facility issued by one of these countries:

  1. Japan
  2. Australia
  3. New Zealand
  4. United States of America
  5. Canada
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Germany
  8. Switzerland

Holders of passports issued by CIS countries may be issued a VFTF if they have a valid air ticket for a flight leaving within 96 hours of arrival.

(as of 12 March 2010)

A VFTF allows the visitor to enter Singapore for up to 96 hours. However, several other conditions must first be met before a VFTF is issued.

To find out if they qualify for VFTF, Chinese, Indian and CIS passport holders should read this page about the Singapore-issued Visa Free Transit Facilities.


How to Apply for a Singapore Visa

  1. If you need a visa to enter Singapore, you may apply for one:

    1. at the Singapore Embassy in your city, or

    2. through a travel agent certified by the Singapore ICA as a 'Trusted Partner'. (Obviously, the agent will charge you a service fee.)

  2. If you are still unsure whether you need a visa to enter Singapore, contact the Singapore Embassy in your city (see the link above). The Singapore Embassy may be contacted through phone, fax and sometimes email.

    Let them know what passport you hold and what other visas you have been issued.



Related to Singapore Entry Requirements

Singapore Airport FAQ




Page author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page created: 1 Sep 2009. Updated: 12 March 2010.




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