Singapore Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

To enter Singapore, a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas for Singapore are not required by nationals referred to in the table above, if they are visiting for social reasons; instead a visit pass is issued on arrival and is usually valid for up to a month.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Singapore.

Types and cost

Entry visa (for those who do require a visa): £15.

Validity

Visa validity varies by nationality.

Transit

If a transit visa is required, it will be issued on arrival and have a validity of 96 hours. This allows passengers to leave the airport; bus tours of the city are available for passengers with sufficient stopover time.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section of embassy/high commission). In certain countries applications may be submitted online (www.ica.gov.sg).

Temporary residence

A long-term visit pass can be issued for the purpose of visiting family, seeking employment or accompanying a child studying in Singapore. There are long lists of requirements available on the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website (www.ica.gov.sg).

Working days

Visa processing time varies by country, with two tiers: one takes an average of three working days, the other an average of two weeks.

Sufficient funds

Sufficient funds are required either for a visa or visit pass, although ‘sufficient’ is not explicitly defined.

Entry documents

Yellow fever certificates are needed if you are coming from an infected area.

Extension of stay

You can apply online for extensions to the visit pass up to 89 days beyond your date of entry (www.ica.gov.sg). You must have at least two days remaining on your current visit pass when you apply. Extensions to visas depend on nationality. 

Entry with pets

The standard 30-day quarantine is not required for pets brought from Australia, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK or the USA (Guam and Hawaii only), but it is still necessary to apply for import licence from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (www.ava.gov.sg) within 30 days of import. A certificate of rabies vaccination is also required for dogs and cats, as well as proof of treatment for parasites (which may also be required for other pets). Pets must have an implanted microchip.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in the USA
Telephone: (202) 537 3100. Website: http://www.mfa.gov.sg/washington Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1400-1730.
High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7235 8315. Website: http://www.mfa.gov.sg/london Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900–1300 and 1400-1730; 0930-1230 (visa section).
British High Commission in Singapore
Telephone: (+65) 6424 4200. Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/singapore Opening times: Mon-Fri 0830-1300 and 1400-1700; Mon-Fri 0900-1200 and Wed 1400-1500 (visa section).
Edited by Jane Duru
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