One of the wealthiest countries in Asia, the island country and city-state Singapore is one of the places that people from around the world would love to visit. From the symbolic Merlion, the beautiful Marina Bay, the enchanting S.E.A. Aquarium, the fun Universal Studios, to the delicious food and the fun shopping experience, it is really is a place of wonder and excitement and it’s also great if you are visiting Singapore with kids.
Let’s not ruin that excitement though, with the stress and hassle of documents or lack thereof that might prevent you from enjoying or even starting your adventure. If you’re planning a visit, as a general rule for travellers, you should check first the requirements for entry on the country and make sure that you fulfil all of them before your trip even if you are only staying for one day in Singapore or more. Here’s a guide on how to get a visa and tips on how to enjoy a hassle-free adventure in Singapore.
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SINGAPORE TOURIST VISA GUIDE
In this part, we will talk about nationalities who don’t need a visa to enter Singapore and for those who will need one, see how you can get one.
- ASEAN members
- All European Union citizens
- South Korea
- United States
- Those who are British passport holders that are without proof of the right of abode in the UK (United Kingdom) have a shortened visa-free stay of a maximum of 30 days instead of 90 days.
- As aforementioned, citizens of countries that are not listed in any of the below (later on the article) whether visa required or Visa-Free, are allowed the maximum of 30 days without a visa in Singapore.
- Aside from those who are non-ordinary passport holders of countries listed in Assessment Level I (with the exception of North Korea), visa requirements are not applicable to those who are holders of official/service or diplomatic passports of Jordan, Tunisia, Bangladesh, and those with diplomatic passports of Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
This is the first thing that you would want to check if you’re planning a visit. Not everyone has required a visa when entering Singapore. Citizens of some countries can visit for a period of 30 days or even up to 90 days depending on what their nationality is. Those that are required a visa are also categorized into two, the ones that can apply for the electronic visa and the ones that need a visa vignette. All visitors though are required to complete this set of requirements:
- A travel document or a passport with at least six months validity at the time of departure.
- Funds enough or sufficient for the intended length of stay
- An onward or return ticket that is confirmed
- If you are entering the next destination, present evidence (such as a visa)
- A completed D/E or Disembarkation/Embarkation Card
- A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (More information can be found in ICA website:: https://www.ica.gov.sg/enteranddeparting/before/yellow” )
- Visa for Entry to Singapore (If Applicable)
VISA REQUIRED COUNTRIES
Check below your options for a travel visa to Singapore.
Assessment Level I Countries
If you are a holder of a travel document such as a passport from any of these countries, you can obtain a visa online through a partner in Singapore or a Singaporean contact. You can also apply at the nearest Singaporean diplomatic mission or through an authorized visa agent outside of Singapore. Normally, the visa is issued within 1 working day. You or the applicant can travel with a printout of the Singapore evisa.
- North Korea
- Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes
- Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region Travel Permit
Assessment Level II Countries
It is needed for the citizens of the counties in the list below to obtain their visa in advance. The application can be done through a partner in Singapore or a Singaporean contact. They can also get obtain one at the nearest diplomatic mission of from an authorized visa agent outside of Singapore. Normally, the visa is issued within 3 business days. A visa vignette will be affixed on the passport of the applicant.
|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 a certificate of identity and refugee travel document, is considered as stateless by ICA, regardless of the nationality appearing on the holder’s travel document)||Yemen|
VISA-FREE TRANSIT and VFTF (Visa-Free Transit Facility)
For the citizens of the Visa-Required countries, they will not be required a visa to transit through Singapore Changi Airport as long as they are able to follow these requirements:
- An onward ticket to their next destination
- Should not clear immigration for entry to Singapore
- Should check their luggage to their next destination
- They should remain or stay in the transit area
- They shouldn’t be travelling on a low-cost airline (an exception for those travelling on Scoot with Scoot-thru and those travelling with Tigerconnect through Tigerair).
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REASONS WHY VISA is DENIED
Here are some reasons for denial of visa that you may want to take note of and keep in mind.
- The photo is not clear or is blurred. Unfortunately, if your features in the photo are not clear, the Singapore Consulate will not accept your visa. So make sure your picture is bright and it shows your features clearly.
- Your previous visit can be a cause too and the reasons might be because of previous violations such as overstaying
- The double application can get you denied too. Be patient in waiting for the release of your documents instead of repeating or doing the application twice as this will arouse suspicion why you would have to have 2 visas.
These are just some of the tips and guides. If you’re still in a loop and confused on how to go about the application, consult friends who have previously travelled to Singapore or trusted travel agencies. It’s always best to plan your trips carefully so you be confident and sure that you will get the most of your trip to your dream destination. I hope you find this Singapore tourist visa guide helpful.
BONUS: WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE?
Recently, I did a quick trip to Singapore to assist my nieces who travelled for the first alone. They had a long connection (an incredible layover that we managed to maximise) on their flight from Perth, Australia to Manila, the Philippines in Singapore. I decided to hop on a plane and make sure they can experience the life I have been living in the past two years. We stayed in a hostel called 5FootWay.Inn located in Boat Quay and introduced them what a hostel life is like.
We both loved the place which offered a great view of Singapore River and the famous landmark of Marina Bay. IF you are looking for a place to stay in Singapore, I really recommend 5FootWay.Inn.
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More options for accommodation on Best Hostels in Singapore article.