Here we answer all your frequently asked questions about entry and visa requirements for Singapore.
In this article, we try to answer all your most frequently asked questions when it comes to entry and visa requirements for Singapore.
Please note that this information may be subject to change and it is always a good idea to check the latest entry requirements for Singapore before you travel.
You can check the latest entry requirements on the website of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the embassy or consulate of Singapore in your country.
What documents do I need to enter Singapore?
To enter Singapore, you will need a valid passport and a visa, unless you are a citizen of one of the countries that have a visa-waiver agreement with Singapore (see below).
You may also need to provide evidence of your travel plans, such as a return or onward ticket, and you may be required to show that you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Singapore.
All visitors to Singapore need to fill in an SG Arrival card up to 3 days prior to arrival. This is done online and is free of charge.
In addition, you may be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination before you are allowed to enter Singapore.
What is the SG Arrival Card?
The SG Arrival Card is the electronic version of the old paper arrivals card. It includes an Electronic Health Declaration. It is designed to speed up the immigration process at the airport.
It is required for all visitors to Singapore and must be filled in 3 days prior to your date of arrival (including the date of arrival). You can fill it in online here.
This is an electronic form, done online and is free of charge.
If you are travelling in a family or group, one member of the group can submit a “Group Submission” and apply for himself/herself and up to 10 other members.
The SG Arrival card is NOT a visa. It is required for all visitors to Singapore, regardless of whether you need a visa or not.
Which countries have a visa-waiver agreement with Singapore?
Singapore has visa-waiver agreements with a number of countries, which allows citizens of those countries to enter Singapore for short-term stays without a visa.
The list of countries that have a visa-waiver agreement with Singapore at the time of writing is as follows:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
How do you apply for a tourist visa online for Singapore?
If you are a citizen of a country that requires a visa to enter Singapore, you will need to apply for a visa before you travel.
To apply for a tourist visa online for Singapore, you will need to follow these steps:
- Go to the website of the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) at https://www.ica.gov.sg/.
- Click on the “Apply for Visa” button.
- Select “Tourist Visa” from the drop-down menu.
- Fill out the online application form. You will need to provide personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and passport details. You will also need to provide information about your travel plans, such as the dates of your trip and the purpose of your visit.
- Upload the required documents. You will need to upload a copy of your passport, a passport-sized photograph, and any other documents that may be required, such as a letter of invitation or proof of financial support.
- Pay the visa application fee. You can pay the fee using a credit card or through a bank transfer.
- Submit your application. After you have completed the online application form and uploaded the required documents, you can submit your application.
It is important to note that the visa application process may vary depending on your country of citizenship, and you should check the specific requirements for your country on the ICA website.
You should also allow sufficient time for your application to be processed before your intended travel date.
How long do you need on your passport to travel to Singapore?
To travel to Singapore, you will need a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in Singapore. This means that your passport must have a remaining validity of at least six months when you enter the country.
For example, if you plan to travel to Singapore on January 1, 2023, your passport must be valid until at least July 1, 2023.
Can I travel to Singapore without being vaccinated?
It is currently possible to travel to Singapore without being vaccinated against COVID-19, but you may be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and/or quarantine for a period of time.
The entry requirements for Singapore may change due to the ongoing pandemic, and it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest entry requirements before you travel.
In general, it is always a good idea to be prepared for unexpected disruptions to travel plans and to have a contingency plan in place in case you are required to quarantine or self-isolate while you are abroad.
Is travel insurance mandatory for Singapore?
Travel insurance is not mandatory for travel to Singapore, but it is highly recommended. Travel insurance can provide financial protection in case of unexpected events, such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and lost or stolen luggage.
If you are planning to travel to Singapore, it is a good idea to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself and your belongings in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Be sure to read the fine print and understand the coverage and exclusions of your policy before you purchase it.
It is also a good idea to check with your credit card issuer to see if you have any travel insurance coverage as part of your credit card benefits. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance as a benefit to cardholders, so you may already have coverage without realising it.
In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance that covers any potential disruptions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, such as trip cancellations or the need to quarantine while you are abroad.
Do I need vaccinations to travel to Singapore?
There are currently no required vaccinations for travel to Singapore. However, it is always a good idea to be up-to-date on your routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP), and chickenpox.
You should also consult with a healthcare provider or a travel medicine clinic about any recommended or required vaccinations for travel to Singapore based on your health, vaccination history, and the length of your stay.
What are the transit requirements for Singapore?
If you are transiting through Singapore, you may need to meet certain requirements in order to be allowed to enter the country. The specific requirements will depend on the length of your layover, your nationality, and the reason for your transit.
In general, transit passengers who are staying in the airport transit area and do not leave the airport will not need to meet any entry requirements. However, if you need to leave the airport transit area, you may be required to obtain a transit pass or a transit visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that requires a visa to enter Singapore, you may be eligible for a 96-hour visa-free transit facility (VFTF), which will allow you to leave the airport transit area. You can apply for a transit visa online through the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website or at the embassy or consulate of Singapore in your country.
If you are a citizen of a country that does not require a visa to enter Singapore, you may still need to obtain a transit pass in order to leave the airport transit area. You can apply for a transit pass online through the ICA website or at the airport upon arrival.
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