Traveller Essentials

Singapore Vacation Travel Essentials - Visa, Customs, Tax Refunds & More

Singapore Visa, Customs and Legal Regulations

Important Things to Note

Most visitors coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement given on your passport.  However, it is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regard to coming into Singapore. If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival.

Visa-Requiring Travellers

The list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Singapore may be found on the ICA’s website. Should you require a visa, please refer to ICA’s website for application procedures. As with most countries, do note that the possession of a visa does not entitle a foreigner to enter Singapore automatically. Visitors must also meet entry requirements such as holding a passport with at least six months validity, having sufficient funds for the intended period of stay in Singapore and confirmed onward or return air tickets. The grant of a visit pass to a foreign visitor is determined by the ICA Officers at the Singapore checkpoints and each case is considered on its own merits.

For more information on entering and exiting Singapore, check out ICA’s Travellers’ Info Guide.

Visa Requirements for Transit

All visa-requiring travellers must be in possession of a visa in order to be considered for entry into Singapore. This includes visa-requiring travellers who are transiting through Singapore. If your connecting flight requires you to go through immigration and collect your baggage before re-entering again for your next flight, you will need to be in possession of a visa. Please refer to Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s website for visa application procedures.

Loss of Passports

Should you lose your passport while in Singapore, please make a police report immediately and approach your embassy in Singapore to apply for a replacement travel document. After obtaining your replacement travel document, you should make a report to the ICA to regularise your stay in Singapore. For more information on procedures for Regularisation of Stay and the documents required, please visit ICA's website.