Singapore Visa For Indians

Singapore, officially known as the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. The country is known across the world for its transition from a third world country to a first world country. Singapore is a global hub for many purposes such as education, human capital, innovation, entertainment, finance, healthcare etc, and has also been recognized as the most technology-ready nation.

Given the reasons mentioned above, Singapore is one of the countries which features in the priority list of tourists from all over the world. If an Indian citizen aspires to visit the country, he/she would need to get himself/herself a visa that to enter Singapore. The Singapore Visa for Indians acts merely as a pre-entry permission for the holder to enter the country and is not an immigration visa.

How to Apply For Singapore Visa from India?

A Singapore visa can be availed by Indian citizens courtesy the authorized visa agents that operate in the country. The application needs to be submitted in person at the authorized agents. The application has to be made through the visa agents because with effect from 1 April 2009, the High Commission of the Republic of Singapore and the Consulate-Generals, stopped accepting individual walk-in applications.

To apply for a Singapore visa, applicants need to fill up Form 14A and submit it to the visa agents. The form can be downloaded from the official website or the physical application form can be availed free of cost from the authorized visa agents or any Singapore overseas missions. The visa application can also be submitted via a new electronic visa (e-visa) application system which has been introduced to process the visa applications online. Online applications can also be filed on behalf of the applicant if he/she has a local sponsor in Singapore possessing a ‘Singpass account’.

Authorized Singapore Visa Agents in India

The authorized visa agents through whom a Singapore visa can be applied for can be found in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Bangalore, and Chandigarh. The names of the authorized visa agents, addresses, and contacts can be found in the link mentioned below.

Singapore Visa For Indians
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Singapore Visa Requirements

When an applicant files the application for a Singapore Visa from India, the documents which need to be submitted are as follows:

  • Duly filled up Form 14A.
  • The Indian passport having a minimum validity of 6 months on the date of arrival in Singapore.
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs.
    • The photo must be clicked within the last three months.
    • Should be clear and in focus.
    • Must be taken against a plain white background without any shadows.
    • It should be 35mm wide and 45mm high (without any borders)
    • Avoid wearing headgear and plain white clothing (permissible if it is in accordance with religious or racial customs but no facial features must be hidden because of it.)
    • The applicant’s hair must not cover his/her eyebrows or the eyes.
    • The photograph should have even exposure.
    • Spectacle frames must not cover part of the eyes.
    • Spectacles lens must not be glaring or reflecting.
    • The photograph must cover the full face with the upper shoulders visible.
    • Should be in JPEG image format (with .jpg file extension).
    • The image size should be 400 by 514 pixels.
    • The file size should not be more than 60KB.
  • Other documents like the ones mentioned below might be required to be submitted:
    • A copy of the bio-data.
    • A copy of the last page of the passport.
    • Letter of Introduction.
    • In-Principal Approval Letter.
    • Company Invitation Letter.
    • Employment Letter.
    • Residential proof.
    • Letter of Guarantee from Shipping Agent.

Singapore Visa Fees for Indian 2018

Those who apply for a Singapore visa are required to pay an application fee of 30 Singapore dollars which is currently equivalent to Rs.1592.32. Apart from that, authorized visa agents charge an additional amount of Rs.300 as a service fee. The fee which needs to be paid is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the application.

Disclaimer – The fees and charges can be changed at the discretion of the Singapore ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority).

Singapore Visa Processing Time

After the visa application is submitted at the authorized visa agents, the time taken by the agents for the processing of the applications filed by Indian citizens varies depending on the location of the agents. If the application is submitted at the authorized visa agents based outside Chennai and Bengaluru, the number of days taken is 3 (three) days. The visa applications are processed after 1 (one) working day by the authorized visa agents based in the metro cities of Chennai and Bangalore.

Singapore Visa Status

Once the application for a Singapore Visa is submitted by the applicant, the status of the application can be checked using the application reference number provided by the authorized visa agent. The entire process involved in getting to know the status of the visa application is mentioned below:

  • First, the applicant must visit official website
  • Next, the option ‘Check Status/Make Appointment’ needs to be clicked at.
  • Select the option of which you want to check the status.
  • Next, click on ‘Enquire Application Status’
  • Thereafter, provide the visa reference number and travel document number.
  • Next, click on ‘Submit’.
  • In doing so, the status of the application is displayed on the corresponding page. If the application is approved, you can go ahead a get a copy of the e-visa by clicking on ‘Proceed’.

Singapore Visa on Arrival

Indian citizens are not eligible to avail the facility of Visa on Arrival (VoA).

Singapore Visa Free Transit Facility

Apart from availing a Singapore visa, Indian tourists are also eligible for obtaining a 96-hours Visa-free Transit Facility, which is commonly known as VFTF. VTFT is for Indian nationals who are in transit to or from any third country by air through Singapore.

To avail VFTF, transit travellers apart from satisfying the criteria for VFTF will also need to meet the prevailing entry requirements which are assessed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry. It needs to be mentioned that the extension of stay for transit travellers under VFTF is not allowed.

Indian travellers willing to avail VFTF (which is only for air to air travel and is valid for one transit in the itinerary) would need to possess:

  • An onward air ticket departing within the next 96 hours.
  • A Valid visa/long-term pass which has a validity of at least 1 month from the date of entry into the country under the VTFT which is issued by any of the mentioned below countries:
    • Australia
    • Switzerland
    • Germany
    • New Zealand
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Canada
    • Japan

It is noteworthy to mention here that Indian nationals who have a valid visa or long-term pass from the above-mentioned countries can also use the Single Journey Visa (SJV) when transiting through Singapore on the onward or return leg of the journey. If the SJV is used for the onward leg of the journey, for the return leg of the journey, the conditions mentioned below need to be met:

  • The traveller must travel directly from the country that issued the SJV, on route through Singapore, directly back to the home country.
  • The traveller has not returned to his/her home country since the SJV was last utilized.

Important Tips on Singapore Visa

  • Possession of a visa does not guarantee entry into Singapore.
  • Every visa application is considered on its own merits.
  • Applicants must meet entry requirements such as:
    • Holding a valid passport.
    • Having sufficient funds for the period of stay in the country.
    • Onward and return air tickets.
    • Granting of entry and duration of stay in the country is determined by the Immigration Officers posted at the checkpoints upon the individual’s arrival in the country.
    • For Work Permit/Employment/Training pass applications, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website can be visited while for Student pass the website of Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) needs to be visited.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Singapore Visa

  1. What is the processing time for a Singapore Visa?

    Usually, the processing time for availing a Singapore Visa is in the range of 1 to 3 days.

  2. Do I need a visa to enter Singapore?

    Yes, it is mandatory to have a visa for entering Singapore.

  3. Does Singapore offer Visa on Arrival to Indians?

    No, the facility of Visa on Arrival (VoA) is not available to Indians.

  4. How can I check the status of Singapore visa application?

    The entire process involved in getting to know the status of the visa application is mentioned below:

    • First, the applicant must visit official website
    • Next, the option ‘Check Status/Make Appointment’ needs to be clicked at.
    • Following that select the option for which you want to check the status.
    • Next, click on ‘Enquire Application Status’.
    • Thereafter, provide the visa reference number and travel document number.
    • Next, click on ‘Submit’.
    • In doing so, the status of the application is displayed on the corresponding page.
  5. Who decides if I will get a Singapore visa?

    The decision of whether the individual is eligible to get a Singapore Visa is taken by Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. (ICA)

  6. Can my application for Singapore Visa be rejected?

    Yes, the visa application can be rejected by ICA.

  7. Will I get to know the exact reason for which my visa application was rejected?

    In case the visa application is rejected by ICA, the exact reason will be made known to you by the officials.

  8. Can I travel to Singapore if the validity of my passport is less than 6 months?

    You may be permitted to travel to the country but you would need permission from the airline to board the airline. It is strongly recommended to renew the passport if travelling to Singapore is on the cards.

  9. Do I need to submit my passport at the time of filing the visa application?

    Yes, the original passport needs to be submitted at the time of filing the visa application for the Singapore Visa.

  10. When can I submit the visa application for availing a Singapore visa?

    The visa applications can be submitted during the visa processing hour, which is between 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Monday to Friday).

*Disclaimer

News About Singapore Visa for Indians

  • Singapore secures the 2nd position in World’s most powerful Passports

    Henley Passport Index has listed Singapore Passport as the second most powerful Passports of the world. Based on the level of cross-border access provided to each country, Henley Passport Index calculates and prepares a list of most powerful passport of the world. While Germany is still at the first position with visa-free access to 177 countries, Singapore passport holders enjoy visa-free access to 176 countries. Indian is at the 86th position with visa-free access to 49 countries. The visa-free facility includes visa on arrival, visa-free, and e-Visa options provided to each country by other nations. Germany and Singapore have been at the top of the list for past few many years enjoying visa-free access to most other countries.

    15 January 2018

  • Growth of Indian visitors to Singapore

    A recent report reveals Indians to be the fastest growing visitors to Singapore. The Indian Government’s initiatives to ease the passport and visa application process has boosted tourism for other nations. There are many countries who have relaxed their visa norms and started offering visa on arrival to Indians. When compared to the last year, a growth of 14% has been noticed when it comes to Indians visiting Singapore for tourism. In addition to strengthening ties between the nations, the growth in tourism is benefiting Singapore’s economy.

    23 November 2017

  • India's biggest challenge is job creation says Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister

    Putting emphasis on creation of jobs as the biggest challenge that faces India, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that the country needs to build better links between skill development and jobs. He said that India also needs to decrease incentives on investment of capital and take a fresher look at its labor laws to make sure that the demographic dividend does not become demographic deficit. Recently at a conference in New Delhi, he said that India's biggest challenge is creation of jobs. It will prove to be a real challenge because India has lost a lot of time because of employment legislation.

    He said that the scope of opportunity for the workers intensive activities is going to become smaller over the years and if India does not make significant and immediate changes in the coming 10 years, then the country will face a huge problem. He said that India needs to build a balance while incentivizing capital investment and investing in creation of skill. The connection between skills and jobs is clear. India has taken quite a few steps in skill but the connection with jobs has not been strong enough, he said.

    27 July 2017

  • You can get your passport stamped with e-Visa market reports

    If you plan on visiting a foreign country, you may need a travel visa. There are many countries that require foreign travelers to obtain a visa to enter their country. This government document usually comes in the form of a stamp or sticker that's placed inside your passport.

    As the name suggests, an e-visa is essentially the same as a regular visa but you apply for it online instead of in person. You can apply for an e-visa through the website of the country which you are visiting. There's no distinguishable difference between a traditional travel visa and an e-visa, other than the application process. Assuming you are approved for an e-visa, the country's travel department will typically email you a link to download and print the e-visa. You'll then need to carry this e-visa when attempting to enter the country as a foreign traveler.

    24 July 2017

  • India should prepare to face IT protectionism and other such challenges in the future: President

    President Pranab Mukherjee stated that Indians should gear up to encounter challenges such as IT protectionism in the future. He stressed on the necessity of basic innovation and research for the country to prosper. Mukherjee was addressing the audience at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru.

    The President mentioned that currently Indians were losing the jobs that they exclusively enjoyed in foreign countries earlier. He stated that the country has been ignoring innovations and research in academics for a long time. As long as the country does not make investments in these fields, further progress will not be achieved.

    The President also said that the presence of bright students, good teachers, and a conducive atmosphere for education is necessary to excel in academics. He stated that there is a need to implement skill development initiatives as well.

    12 July 2017

  • E-Visa facility in Pune ranks lowest in the country

    Despite E-Visa being a convenience for people, in Pune the facility ranks the lowest. According to an executive, we accept that proper awareness and advertisement is needed to make the service more popular. This is something which needs to be addressed and the state tourism department should take the initiatives along with the foreign registration offices. In the future, we will be holding some meetings with the stakeholders and draw up a plan in this connection. There isn't much awareness about the facility yet. But we feel that the service is not being promoted properly stating to the reason that it is currently the lowest in the country. The e-visas in Pune contribute to 0.3% of visas availed currently. Another executive added by saying, one needs to keep in mind that it has been just one-and-half months since the service was launched at Pune airport. But we feel that the service is not being promoted properly. There isn't much awareness about the facility yet.

    27 June 2017

  • Non-Immigrant visas to the United States increase

    Ever since Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America issued the executive order and imposed a suspension for a period of 120 days on the refugee programme and a ban for a period of 90 days on travel to the US from the citizens of Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq, which was later taken down by the courts, a considerable amount of confusion and anxiety has been prevalent among the people from different countries who wish to travel to the United States of America.

    In India, both job seekers and students are very confused about heading out for the United States of America. As per the information provided by the United States Department of State, there a drop by 16% in the total number of student visas issued to people of Indian origin. However, the number of non-immigrant visas have shot up by 1.6%. Some of the visas that are issued are Business Visa (B-1), Tourism and Visit (B-2), Temporary Work Visa (H-1B), Student Visa (F-1), Dependent Visa (H-4), and Intra company Transfer (L). Above 50% of the total visas that have been issued fall under the categories B-2 and B-1. H-4 visas and H-1B visas account for 9% and 12.8% of the total visas issued, respectively. 5.9% of the visas accounted for F-1 visas.

    12 June 2017

  • Visa-on-arrival received by Indian for the first time in Dubai

    An Indian passport holder with a valid American visa was welcomed in Dubai and provided with a visa-on-arrival on the 1st of May. The passenger was not identified however.

    Earlier, in the month of March a proposal was approved by the UAE cabinet to provide visa on arrival to Indian passport holders who have a green card or a valid US visa.

    According to certain reports, visa would be valid for 14 days and extension of another 14 days can be availed.

    11 May 2017

  • Clampdown of Singapore Visa seen as a problem for IT companies in India

    H1-B regime has been tightened and lately there has been a lot of spotlight on it. According to R. Chandrashekhar, President of Nasscom, the visa issue is not going to be the deciding factor for the growth of IT industries. He agrees that messages and signals from the US are not extremely welcoming or positive. But he added that there has not been too many regulatory or legislative changes in the framework.

    He mentioned that the Singapore visa issue is a stronger barrier at present. New visa issuance has been shut down completely. Indian techies in Singapore stands at less than 10,000 now which can impact the chasing of future deals.

    27 April 2017

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