Singapore Entry and Travel Requirements
Singapore entry requirements state the rules that a person wishing to visit Singapore should be familiar with to enter the country with ease. These rules specify specifically the type of documentation that must be obtained before traveling.
Among the most important documents required to enter Singapore are a valid passport and Singapore visa. Each visitor must ensure that their passport is valid for at least six months from the expected date of arrival in Singapore.
Visa requirements for Singapore may vary depending on the traveler's nationality, intended length of stay and purpose of travel. Singapore's visa policy stipulates that all travelers to Singapore, including those from visa-exempt countries, must have an SG Pass to enter the island nation without any hassle. .
The Singapore Arrival ePass application is completely online and once approved, the pass is automatically issued to the applicant's passport and replaces the paper boarding/boarding system.
Please note that the SG Immigration Card does not function as a visa. All travelers from countries that require a visa must have both an SG Entry Card and the appropriate visa to smoothly enter Singapore.
Only citizens of 3 countries worldwide are allowed to visit Singapore without a visa, including citizens of Hong Kong, Macau and South Sudan. Singapore has taken a phased approach to reopening its borders. Singapore authorities have opened temporary travel routes for vaccinated people with multiple countries, including the Maldives, Vietnam and Thailand. VTL will close once Singapore fully reopens for tourism.
Currently, only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to travel to Singapore, with some exceptions. All travelers must first verify their eligibility to enter Singapore and then familiarize themselves with the current entry requirements into Singapore. Participation rules may change rapidly due to the complicated situation of the Corona virus epidemic around the world.
Who can enter Singapore?
- Singapore citizens and permanent residents repatriated
- long-term card holders
- travelers from all countries for short-term emergencies under the Death and Critical Illness Urgent Visit (DCEV) route
Short-term visitors stay on the following traffic routes:
- Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air and Sea)
- Air Travel Pass (Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China)
- Reciprocal Green Lane (Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China)
Only Singapore citizens and long-term pass holders (excluding work permit holders) are allowed to enter Singapore without prior permission. All other visitors must be authorized to enter Singapore.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated cannot enter Singapore unless they are Singapore citizens or permanent residents or are eligible to travel through the Familial Ties Lane.
Fully Vaccinated Travelers
Entering on a vaccinated travel itinerary (VTL)
Fully vaccinated travelers can apply to enter Singapore without quarantine through the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). To qualify for VTL, travelers must:
- spent the last 7 days in a VTL country
- Book a seat on a designated VTL flight
- submit vaccine request 3 to 60 days before scheduled departure date
- have purchased travel insurance that covers COVID-19 (minimum S$30,000)
- Have digital or physical copies of required documents
- complete required COVID-19 tests before departure and upon arrival
People who have been fully vaccinated and recovered from coronavirus within the past three months may be exempt from COVID-19 testing.
Document Checklist for Entering Singapore by VTL (Air)
- Valid passport (at least 6 months)
- Proof of vaccination is accepted
- Negative COVID-19 test report before departure or proof of recovery (for recovered travelers)
- Valid vaccinated travel card (VTP)
- COVID-19 insurance policy
- Valid visa or e-Visa (for visitors requiring a visa)
- Card to SG
Active Vaccinated Travel Lanes
The Vaccination (Air) Travel Lane is reserved for travelers who are fully vaccinated and can travel to Singapore with unvaccinated children under 12 years of age. They can use VTL flights operating from the following countries:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hong Kong
- the Netherlands
- the Philippines
- the Republic of Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- Sri Lanka
- the United Arab Emirates
- the United Kingdom
- the United States
Fully vaccinated travelers wishing to enter Singapore by sea can choose the VTL ferry available in Batam or Bintan in Indonesia. Children 12 years old and younger who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel with them.
Entering Singapore via other channels
If you decide to travel to Singapore without taking a VTL flight, travel requirements may vary depending on factors such as your vaccination status, countries you have visited in the last 14 days and reason for travel your. Use the self-help tool and get all the information you need.
Visitors are not fully vaccinated
You cannot enter Singapore if you have not received a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine, unless:
- you are a Singapore citizen or permanent resident
- You are allowed to enter Singapore via Family Ties Lane https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/
- you intend to visit Singapore for humanitarian reasons, use the emergency visit route in the event of death or serious illness https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
Singapore allows citizens of approximately 50 countries (listed below) to visit for short-term stays without a visa. These visitors may travel to Singapore for tourism-related activities and for certain other travel reasons, other than work and/or activities. If a person is looking for work or plans to move to Singapore, a visa or corresponding permit must be obtained from the Singapore diplomatic mission.
Visa-free visitors are allowed to stay in Singapore for 3 or 6 months. The length of stay allowed varies depending on nationality. Additionally, holders of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) are allowed to travel to Singapore without a visa.
Below is the full list of visa-free Singapore countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Cyprus
- Russian Federation
- United Kingdom
- United States
Electronic visa to Singapore
The Singapore government has introduced the e-Visa system, helping visitors from several countries obtain visas significantly faster and easier. There are two types of e-visas that one can apply for when arriving in Singapore, which are a single-entry visa for a stay of 21 days or 120 days. The validity of the first is 3 months, while the latter remains valid for 6 months.
Please note that e-Visa is only accepted at certain points of entry. Check here for more details.
Singapore Embassy or Consular Visa
All nationals of countries not eligible for e-visas, as well as those planning to come to Singapore for a long-term stay, to work or to live, must apply for a regular visa in the traditional way. To this end, they will have to make an appointment at the embassy and provide some supporting documents. Required documents may vary depending on the reason for travel, expected length of stay, and the applicant's nationality.
Since applying for a visa at an embassy or consulate can take several weeks, be sure to start the process well in advance of your planned trip. Please contact your nearest Singapore embassy for more information.
Visa on Arrival
Singapore issues visas at the border for citizens of two countries:
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
Visitors from other countries must apply for a Singapore visa by applying online or visiting the nearest Singapore diplomatic mission.
Visa on arrival is issued for short-term stays at the border control area when tourists arrive in the country. VoA facilities are only provided at certain entry points including:
- Zvartnots and Shirak International Airports
- Bagratashen, Tavush province (border with Georgia)
- Bavra, Shirak province (border with Georgia)
- Meghri, Syunik province (border with Iran)
- Gogavan, Lori Province (border with Georgia)
Applying for a visa at the border is a lengthy procedure. All travelers who are eligible to apply for an e-visa or can apply for a visa before departure are encouraged to do so to avoid queuing upon arrival in Singapore.
The visa-on-arrival entry points are the same and are the only ports that accept Singapore e-visas.
At the moment, travelers do not need to complete any pre-departure health declaration forms.
The Singapore government has made it mandatory to purchase travel health insurance before arriving in the country. Make sure your insurance covers Covid-19, as well as any other medical needs that may arise during your stay in Singapore.