Do you need a visa for Singapore?
The short answer is yes and no. Passport holders from the below countries (among others) are required to obtain an entry visa before their arrival in Singapore:
- People's Republic of Korea
- People's Republic of China
For the full list of countries, visit the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website.
Please note that obtaining an entry visa does not automatically mean you'll be granted entry into Singapore. Upon your arrival, you'll still have to clear immigration with ICA officers the only ones able to grant immigration passes for entry into Singapore. This also applies to passport holders who don't require entry visas.
If you're not travelling from one of the aforementioned countries then you don't need to apply for a Singapore visa, however, all travellers (including ones who need to apply for a visa) need to apply for a Singapore Arrival Card which can be obtained online. Click here for more information regarding Singapore Arrival Card requirements and how to apply.
How to apply for a Singapore visa
There are a couple of ways to apply for a Singapore visa; online and by visiting an embassy or consulate. Applying for a visa online is by far the easiest option and doesn't require a whole heap of time to complete.
Applying for a Singapore visa online
1. Fill out the online visa application form found on the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website. Make sure you proofread and double-check that all your information is correct (especially your email address and passport details) before proceeding to the next stage in your application process. Please note that supporting documentation may be needed in which case an Immigration official will contact you about further requirements.
2. After submitting your eVisa application, you'll need to pay for the visa by filling out your preferred method of payment. The cost of a Singapore visa can depend on the type of visa, pass, or permit you're submitting for but short-term visitors can expect to pay SGD$30. All Singapore visa payments are non-refundable.
3. Once your visa's been paid for you'll receive a confirmation email stating your application has been submitted. It's common for visa applications to take up to 4 days to be approved. If your application is approved your visa will be emailed in PDF format and will contain a unique identification number needed to gain entry into Singapore. There's no need to print out this document to take with you to the airport as it's already uploaded to Singapore Immigration's system and will automatically appear when you visit a passport control officer as part of the immigration process once you've landed.
Exemptions to requiring a visa in Singapore
If you're a passport holder from a country that doesn't require a visa then you can stay in Singapore for a maximum of 30 days (without requiring a visa). If you're a passport holder from Australia, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States, or if you're a European Union citizen, you can stay in Singapore for a maximum of 90 days before having to acquire a visa.