Singapore Visa

The Singapore Visa issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid Singapore visa to travel to or seek entry into Singapore. The Singapore visa availed by applicants travelling to Singapore cannot be considered as an immigration pass and the mere possession of it cannot guarantee entry into the country.

It needs to be mentioned here that the period of stay granted under a Singapore visa depends on the type of visa that is availed by the individual. This is because the ICA offers the option of different types of visa to the applicants depending on the purpose of the visit to the country.

Singapore Visa Types

The ICA allows individuals to avail a Singapore visa for various kind of purposes. Listed below are the purposes for which individuals can avail a Singapore visa from ICA in order to be eligible to enter the country:

  • For tourism purpose.
  • To seek medical treatment.
  • For a social visit.
  • For a business visit.

How to apply for Singapore Visa?

An individual can apply for a Singapore visa in two ways. They are:

  • Using the e-Service facility through a strategic partner or a local contact in Singapore.
  • By submitting the visa application at the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or through its authorised visa agent.

To apply for a Singapore Visa using the e-Service facility, the applicants are required to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • The applicant needs to visit official website
  • Following that, he/she needs to select the option through which the visa application is to be made.
  • Once the right option is selected, the applicant is required to follow the guidelines displayed on the screen.

If the Visa Application is to be submitted at the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or through its authorised visa agent, all that the individual needs to do is fill up Form 14A and submit it to the visa agents along with the relevant documents and fees. The application 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.

List of Countries Eligible for Singapore Visa

Citizens of many countries are required to avail a Singapore visa in order to enter the country. The countries are divided into two groups i.e., Assessment Level I and Assessment Level II. Listed below are the countries which fall under the two levels:

Assessment Level I Countries Assessment Level II Countries
  • India
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Georgia
  • Belarus
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Travel Permit holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR)
  • Russia
  • Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity
  • Azerbaijan
  • Moldova
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Armenia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Holders of a temporary passport issued by the United Arab Emirates and Refugee Travel Document issued by Middle-East countries
  • Holders of Palestinian Authority Passport
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Afghanistan
  • Somalia
  • Nigeria
  • Iran
  • Mali
  • Yemen
  • Kosovo
  • Pakistan
  • Lebanon
  • Bangladesh
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Algeria
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Sudan

Citizens of the Commonwealth of Independent States may enter the country without visa, in case of transit between two other countries, provided:

  • They are in transit from or to a different country
  • They commence their journey to the third country within the visa free period, which is 96 hours.
  • They fulfil entry requirements of Singapore.
  • They have a valid passport and an onward air-ticket.
  • They have the entry documents required for visiting the different country.
  • They have the funds required for their stay in Singapore.

Foreigners who wish to study full time in Singapore have to apply for a student visa or a Student Pass and people who want to work in Singapore have to apply for an employment visa. People who want to visit their relatives, families and friends in Singapore have to apply for a visa for social visit.

Singapore Visa Fees

When an applicant belonging to either an Assessment level I country or an Assessment level II country files an application for a Singapore visa, he/she is required to pay a non-refundable fee of 30 Singapore dollars (equivalent to 1,592.32 Indian rupees). The fee can be paid online using a Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.

Documents Required for Singapore Visa (Applicants from Assessment level I and Assessment level II countries)

The documents required to be submitted by applicants from Assessment level I and Assessment Level II countries for availing a Singapore visa are mentioned in the table below:

Applicants from Assessment level I Countries Applicants from Assessment Level II countries
  • Recent passport size colour photograph that was taken within the last three months
  • Photocopy of the passport bio-data page. The passport must be valid for at least six months since the date of entry into the country.
  • Duly filled-up Form 14A signed by the applicant.
  • Supporting documents like Form V39A, which is the Letter of Introduction for Visa Application (LOI), if asked by the authorities.
  • Duly filled-up Form 14A signed by the applicant.
  • Photocopy of the passport bio-data page. The passport must be valid for at least six months since the date of entry into the country.
  • Recent passport size colour photograph that was taken within the last three months.
  • Form V39A, which is the Letter of Introduction for Visa Application (LOI) issued by a local contact in Singapore. (The local contact must be a citizen of the country or a Singapore permanent resident (PR) who is at least 21 years of age and have a SingPass or CorpPass account).
  • If the visa is applied for a business visit, the local contact must be acting on behalf of the Singapore-registered business entity. (The LOI issued by the Embassy of the country from where the applicant belongs will be accepted in case an LOI can’t be secured from a local contact to support the visa application.)

Singapore Visa Photo Size Guidelines

The passport size photograph which the applicant is required to submit along with the visa application must adhere to certain specific guidelines. These are applicable to applicants from both Assessment level I and Assessment level II countries:

  • The photograph should be clear and in focus.
  • It should be 35mm wide by 45mm high having no borders.
  • The photo must be taken against a plain white background without any shadows.
  • It should have even exposure.
  • Applicant’s hair must not cover the eyebrows or eyes of the applicant.
  • The photograph must cover the full face of the applicant with the upper shoulders visible.
  • The applicant should refrain from wearing headgear and plain white clothing. (It is only permissible if it is in accordance with religious or racial customs. However, it must not hinder any facial features of the applicant.)
  • If the applicant wears spectacles, the frames of the spectacles must not cover part of the eyes.
  • The lens of the spectacle must not be reflecting or glaring.
  • The photograph must be in JPEG image format (with .jpg file extension).
  • The image size should be 400 by 514 pixels and should not be more than 60KB.

Singapore Visa Processing Time

The visa application filed by an applicant residing in any of the countries that fall under Assessment level I region is processed in 1 working day (excluding the day of submission). It needs to be mentioned here that the applications are considered on their merits and some applications may take a longer to process. In the case of visa applications filed by applicants belonging to countries that fall under Assessment level II region, the time taken for processing the application is usually three days (excluding the day of submission). Here again, the time taken for the application to be processed may vary depending on the merits of the visa application filed by the individual.

Important Note on Singapore Visa (Assessment Level I and Assessment Level II countries)

  • Possession of a visa does not guarantee entry into Singapore.
  • Every visa application is considered on its own merits.
  • Submission of incomplete forms and documents may result in the application being rejected or the processing of visa application may take longer.
  • Applicants must meet entry requirements such as:
    • Holding a valid passport.
    • Having sufficient funds for the period of stay in the country.
    • Confirmed onward and return air tickets.
  • Granting of entry and duration of stay in the country is determined by ICA.
  • If travelling to Singapore is on the cards, it is recommended that the application for Singapore visa is filed 30 days prior to the arrival in the country.

Singapore Visa Status

After the application for Singapore Visa is filed, the applicants can check its status to keep a track of how the application is progressing. The status of the application can be tracked with the help of the visa reference number provided at the time of submission of the visa application and the applicant’s travel document number.

To check the status of the visa application, the applicant needs to follow the steps listed below:

  • The applicant needs to visit official webiste
  • Thereafter, he/she is required to click on ‘Énquire Application Status’
  • Next, the visa application number and the travel document number needs to be entered.
  • Once the numbers are entered, the applicant needs to click on ‘Submit’
  • In doing so, the status of the application is displayed on the corresponding page.

Singapore Visa Extension

If an individual is required to stay in Singapore for a longer period of time than the number of days granted, he/she can file an application for extension of stay in the country. However, the extension of stay should not be more than 89 days from the date of entry into the country.

To be able to file an application for extension of stay in Singapore, the applicant is required to fulfil certain conditions which are mentioned below:

  • Must not have obtained an extension on the current trip.
  • The current visa has a validity of at least three working days.
  • Must not return to Singapore within five days from the departure date of the current trip.
  • Submit an acknowledgement stating that no further extension shall be sought.

When the application for extension is filed by the applicant, he/she is required to pay a fee and needs to submit certain documents. A security deposit may also be required to be deposited, depending on the case.

While the fee per extension is 40 Singapore dollars, the documents which need to be submitted by the applicant are listed below:

When the application is submitted online using e-Service:

  • Passport having a validity of at least 6 months.
  • Disembarkation or Embarkation card with the valid visit pass granted at the time of entry into the country.
  • Evidence to establish the relationship with family ties where the immediate family members are Singapore citizens or permanent residents, in the original. (Only if the applicant is a foreigner having family ties in the country).
  • Visa/MasterCard credit card, MasterCard debit card or a valid internet banking account in Singapore with any of the following banks - DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB, Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank for payment (if applicable).

When the application is submitted at the Visitor Services Centre:

  • Duly filled up Form 14 that is signed by the applicant and the local sponsor.
  • Passport having a validity of at least 6 months.
  • Confirmed onward/return ticket.
  • Identity card of the local sponsor. A copy of NRIC must be submitted to ICA.
  • Disembarkation or Embarkation card with the valid visit pass granted at the time of entry into the country.
  • Evidence to establish the relationship with family ties where the immediate family members are Singapore citizens or permanent residents, in the original. (Only if the applicant is a foreigner having family ties in the country).

Singapore Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF)

The facility of Visa-free transit is available to the citizens of India, Georgia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan and those from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). As part of the facility, the nationals from the above-mentioned countries are eligible to obtain a 96-hours Visa-free Transit Facility, which is commonly known as VFTF. It needs to be mentioned that the extension of stay for transit travellers under VFTF is not allowed.

Indian nationals can avail VFTF (one leg of the travel journey) only for air to air travel while citizens from the Commonwealth of Independent States, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Georgia can use the facility for any mode of travel when it comes to entering the country, but they must depart from Singapore by air.

To avail VFTF, transit travellers will need to meet the prevailing entry requirements which are assessed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry. The requirements for Indian travellers are mentioned below:

  • Must have an onward air ticket departing within the next 96 hours.
  • Possess 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, en route through Singapore, back to the home country.
  • The traveller must have not returned to his/her home country since the SJV was last used.

For nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, to use VFTF, all they require is a valid onward air ticket departing from Singapore within the next 96 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Singapore Visa

  1. How do I check the validity of my Singapore Visa?

    The validity of the Singapore visa is printed on the visa itself.

  2. Is the validity of a Singapore Visa the same for everyone?

    No, the validity of a Singapore Visa is not the same for everyone. Every application is considered on its merits and depending on it the duration of the visa is granted.

  3. How do I make the payment of the fee for availing a Singapore Visa?

    The payment of the visa application fees can be made using a Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card.

  4. How do I check the status of my visa application if I don’t have the visa reference number?

    In that case, you need to write to ICA_SAVE_Helpdesk@ica.gov.sg for retrieval of the visa application number. In the mail, you need to provide your name and the passport number.

  5. If there is a mistake in the visa application form, can I rectify the mistake?

    If there is a mistake in the visa application form, the best thing to do is to re-submit a fresh application as there is no way to rectify the mistake that was committed.

*Disclaimer

News About Singapore Visa

  • Singaporeans will soon receive MCO visa cards

    MCO Visa cards, which enables users to spend their cryptocurrencies anywhere in the world that accepts Visa will soon be available to people of Singapore. The card which is a prepaid card which comes without any annual or monthly fees, airport lounge access, free ATM withdrawals along with other features. Apart from allowing the use of cryptocurrencies for day-to-day life, the card will help users to convert cryptocurrency without currency exchange fees, buy, sell, store, send and track cryptocurrencies. As per reports, till date, there has been more than 1,90,000 app downloads and 93,000 card reservations from all around the globe. It needs to be mentioned that customers who reserved the MCO visa card using a mobile wallet app would be able to use the app to manage the card usage and transactions. The app could also be used to freeze and unfreeze the card as well.

    26 October 2018

  • One of Singapore's startups is giving out visa card for Bitcoin users

    Lack of use of Bitcoin in daily life has repulsed a lot of people who were otherwise interested in putting their money in the crypto-currency. A new start-up based in Singapore has come up with a Visa card. According to a recent report, a firm named TenX has introduced a debit card which will function as an instant converter of multiple digital currencies into money, the euros, the yen, and the dollars.

    The start-up will charge 2 per cent for each transaction. The startup, which has already received orders for more than 10,000 cards is expected to make cryptocurrency like Bitcoin more mainstream and practical in the real world. While transactions are capped at $2,000 a year, users can apply to increase the limit if they undergo identify verification procedures, the report said. The startup has also built an app that serves as a mobile wallet linked with the card. When the card is swiped at any place, the merchant gets paid in local currency and user's crypto-currency account is debited.

    In India, Finance minister Arun Jaitley held an inter-ministerial meeting last month to weigh 'risks' related to virtual currencies (VCs) like bitcoins.

    Reserve Bank of India had earlier cautioned the user, holders and traders of virtual currencies, including bitcoins.

    27 July 2017

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