Singapore visa policy

Singapore visa policy

iVisa | Updated on Jan 23, 2020

If you know that you will travel to Singapore anytime soon, one of the things you may be interested in is its visa policy. After all, you may need a visa before departure, and you must know everything about it. What you should know is that the visa policy of Singapore is quite lenient, and you should not have trouble getting your visa. Nevertheless, it is better to be well informed.

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The first thing that may interest you about Singapore’s visa policy is that it contains a list of 34 nationalities that are visa-exempt. What does that mean? It means that if you are among them, you can travel to Singapore and stay there for a period that does not exceed 90 days. Some nationalities are allowed only a 30-day stay.

Furthermore, the visa policy of Singapore has two categories of nationalities that require a visa:

  • The first one is called Assessment Level I countries. The list contains 15 nationalities, and what you need to know about these 15 nationalities is that they can apply online for a Singapore visa. They are free to go to an embassy as well, but why would they when they can skip all that and apply from home. iVisa can help you get an electronic visa. All you need is a few documents and 10 minutes of your time.

  • The second category is called Assessment Level II countries, and they can apply for a Singapore visa at a diplomatic mission, embassy, or a visa agent. The document is issued in 3 business days. However, they are not eligible for an electronic visa.

Leaving that aside, the citizens of 18 countries who have an APEC business card with the SGP code on the back can travel to Singapore for business purposes without a visa. They can stay in Singapore for up to 60 days.

One thing that is mentioned in Singapore’s visa policy is that some nationalities are required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. You should take a look at that list and determine if you are one of them.

How to know my category

To find out in which category you are, you have two choices. You can either take a look at the visa policy of Singapore yourself, or you can use iVisa’s Visa Checker. We recommend the latter because it is far more convenient. Access the feature, which you can see in the top right corner of this page. You will see two drag-down menus. In the one on the left, you need to select your country of origin, while in the one on the right, you must choose Singapore. The result will let you know about your options. Moreover, if you are not visa-exempt or eligible for a Singapore e-visa, you will be given a list of the nearest embassies where you can go and obtain a consular visa.


Lastly, you should know that the visa policy for Singapore specifies the requirements you need to meet before and when you get to Singapore. They are as follows:

  • Valid passport – the passport must not expire for another 6 months from the date of departure from Singapore.

  • Return/onward ticket.

  • Proof of sufficient funds.

  • If necessary, the proper documentation for your next destination.

  • Completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card.

  • Yellow fever vaccination certification if you are from one of the listed countries.

For the moment, the information above is pretty much everything you need to know about the visa policy of Singapore. If you have questions, you can contact our support service, which is available 24/7. And if you are eligible, we will help you apply for a Singapore eVisa as soon as we can.

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