Singapore Transit Stopover: Visa Issues for Indian Passport Holders

Hello sirs,

I am an Indian from Coimbatore and now at Jakarta on a business trip.

I am flying back to Coimbatore from Jakarta. My flight details are Jakarta - Singapore by Sigapore Air and Singapore - Coimbatore by Silk Air and my bagage will be done through check-in.

I will reach Singpore at 11.30 hrs and my return flight is only at 21.00 hrs. I want to visit Singapore mainly for some purchase and for short time of 6 hrs.

Is visa needed, what are the charges, and can I include another bag as check in baggage at Singapore which I purchase?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

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Singapore Transit Stopover: Visa Issues for Indian Passport Holders

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Mar 21, 2009
Singapore Visa is Needed. Check Your Airticket Regarding Check-in Issues
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi there

there are 2 issues here:


1. Singapore Visa for Indian Passport Holders in Jakarta

An Indian passport holder needs a visa to enter Singapore, even for a stopover.

You should first call the Singapore Overseas Mission in Jakarta for help (see contact information below).

Describe to them your situation and verify that you need a visa to enter Singapore.

Then, bring along all the necessary documents and apply for a Singapore visa at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta, or at an outlet which they approve. You need this visa before you arrive in Singapore.

Here's the Singapore Overseas Mission contact in Jakarta:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Block X/4, KAV No 2, Jln H R Rasuna Said, Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan 12950, Indonesia


+62 21 2995 0400
+62 21 520 1489
+62 811 863 348


Working Hours:

Mon - Fri
8.30 am to 12.30 pm
1.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Sat & Sun - Closed

Important Note:
I'm NOT an official spokesperson for the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. You need to verify all this information with the proper authority. In this case, it's the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta.


2. Can I include another bag as check in baggage at Singapore which I purchase?

There are 2 possible scenarios.

Scenario 1:

You bought 2 separate air-tickets:

a. Jakarta-Singapore with Singapore Airlines on 1 ticket.

b. Singapore-Comboitore with Silk Air on a separate second ticket.

In this case, you may need to clear customs at Singapore Airport, collect your luggage and check in again for your Silk Air flight.

(But please verify this with the airlines when you check in at Jakarta. You may not need to do this.)

If such is your case, you can check-in another shopping bag at Singapore Airport. This is, of course, subject to your check-in baggage limit with Silk Air.

Scenario 2

You've bought the entire flight Jakarta-Singapore-Comboitore on 1 single ticket, but with a transit in Singapore. (Sometimes airlines 'code-share', i.e. they use each other's planes on a certain route.)

In this case, it is very likely that Singapore Airlines will transfer your baggage onto your Silk Air plane for Singapore-Comboitore. No need to collect and re-check in luggage.

I don't know whether you could check in another bag at Singapore Airport, in this situation. Only Silk Air can tell you.


Again, I'd like to re-interate that air travel rules are constantly changing and you should verify everything stated here with your airlines.

Jun 01, 2009
Singapore Visa for Work Permit Holder
by: muru

Hi, I am work permit holder. I have been working for more than 10 years in Singapore. If I am to bring my wife to Singapore, how long can she stay in Singapore?

Jun 01, 2009
Please Check with Singapore ICA
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Muru

I recommend that you clarify your immigration questions with the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

We are not the authority to advise you on such things.

Best wishes and may your wife have a pleasant stay in Singapore.


Dear all

To verify your visa requirements for Singapore, you should contact the Singapore ICA or a Singapore Embassy near you. You are taking a huge risk when you ask for advice online, from unofficial sources.

I'm proceeding now to lock this thread. Please do not post any more visa questions here.

Gabriel Tan, as Web Admin

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