If you are planning a trip to Singapore and you need a visa, this article details the Singapore visa application.
A Singapore visa allows the holder to enter a Singaporean point of entry, where they will be checked by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers. The ICA decide whether the visitor meets the requirements for entry into the country.
You have to apply for a Singapore visa at least 30 days before you arrive in Singapore.
But keep in mind that just because you have a Singapore visa, it does not mean you will be allowed to enter since the Singapore visa is just pre-entry permission.
If you meet the entry requirements, however, you will receive a Pass which allows you to enter Singapore and stay for the duration that the Pass is issued. For example, for a Singapore tourist visa, you will receive a Visit Pass, usually valid for a maximum of 30 days within a 90-day period.
What are the Requirements for the Singapore- eTA ?
In order to be eligible for the eTA in Singapore, you must meet a few criteria, such as:
- You must be at least 18 years old and if you are less than 18 years old, a parent or guardian must apply on your behalf.
- You must have enough funds to cover you stay in Singapore.
- You must not have been convicted of any crimes and must not have a criminal record.
- You must have a valid passport issued from your government.
- You must be healthy and without any dangerous medical problems which might make you seek medical treatment in Singapore that you cannot afford. If you will be seeking medical treatment in Singapore, you must state that and prove you have enough funds to cover your hospital visits and treatment.
- You must intend to return to your home country and have strong ties to your home country;
Collect the required documents
The requirements for a Singapore Visa application are:
- Completed Singapore Visa application form. You have to answer questions regarding your personal information, marital status, where in Singapore you will be staying, your address in your home country, the purpose of your visit, your intended stay, and so on. You must sign the document yourself. When you arrive at the entry port in Singapore, the ICU could ask you to submit it.
- Your passport/travel document. It has to be valid for at least six months after your visa expires.
- Photocopy of your passport’s bio-data. It has to be in an A4 format.
- Photocopy of booked airline ticket or travel itinerary. A4 format.
- Passport-size picture of yourself. It must have been taken in the last three months, have a white background, and show you facing forward with a neutral expression. You are not permitted to have headgear unless it is for religious reasons. Even so, the headgear cannot obstruct the face.
- Letter of Introduction. This document must be signed by your local contact or strategic partner and be attached to your application. It asks your contact/partner in Singapore to provide your personal information, the reason you want to visit Singapore, how long you will stay, as well as the relationship between you and them.
- A credit card. You will use the card to pay for the Singapore visa processing fee. The card must be a VISA or MasterCard.
- Yellow Fever Vaccination (If applicable). If you have been to the countries on the table below six days before traveling to Singapore, you will need to show the ICA officers at the entry point that an International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever
Types of Visas and Passes for Singapore
As mentioned before, Singapore visas only allow the holder to travel to Singapore not enter. So, while there are only two types of Singapore visas, Multiple and Single Journey Visa, there are different types of Passes.
- Short Term Visit Pass, which allows the holder to enter Singapore with the purpose of a short social visit, for tourism, or medical reasons.
- Work Passes and Permits. This is what would otherwise be called a Singapore work visa. The holder of a work permit or employment pass can legally take up work in Singapore.
- Dependent’s Pass, available to the family members of Employment Pass. It allows the holder to remain in Singapore for as long as the EP holder does.
- Long-Stay Visit Pass, available to the family members of EP holders who do not qualify for the Dependent Pass.
- Student Pass. This is the Singapore student visa, available to foreign students who want to pursue higher education in Singapore.
- Visa-Free Transit Facility – a Singapore transit visa available only to nationals from certain countries. It allows them to leave the transit area of the airport and stay in Singapore for up to 96 hours while they wait for a connecting flight.
What Are the Canada eTA Fees?
Once you submit the application with the information required, you will be taken to a site to make your payment of the eTA. Each eTA costs CAD$7, so you will have to pay this fee before you submit your application. If you refuse to pay the fee, the application will not be processed from the Canadian Consulate.
Once you submit the fee, you will receive an email confirmation that your application was received and is being processed.
After you Receive your Singapore Visa
Once you receive your Singapore visa, you or your partner can print a paper copy of the e-Visa.
If you are from an Assessment Level I Country, it will usually take about 1 day for your Singapore visa to be processed.
If you are from an Assessment Level II Country, your visa will be processed within three days.
In both cases, some applications may take longer to process than usual.
Then, after receiving your visa, you can travel to Singapore, where the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers determine at the entry points whether you should be allowed to enter and issue you a Pass.
Singapore Tourist Visa
If you want to travel to Singapore for tourism purposes, you need to apply for a Singapore tourist visa. The tourist visa application process Singapore is as explained above.
When you reach the immigration checkpoint, if the officers find you suitable for entry, they will give you an Entry Pass.
The Singapore entry pass for a Singapore tourist visa is called a Visit Pass, and it is valid for 14-30 days. If you overstay your visa, you will be punished, so make sure not to do so.
If you want to stay for longer than the permitted time, you will have to apply for a Singapore tourist visa extension before your current visa expires. The visa extension application can be submitted online on ICA’s website or in person at their offices in Singapore.
If you enter via a Singapore tourist visa, you are not allowed to take up any sort of paid employment.