Notice: In light of COVID-19, the Singapore Tourism Board would like to advise visitors coming to Singapore during this time to travel responsibly and take the necessary precautions.
Don’t get tripped up by the unexpected. Here are some key things you need to be aware of before you make your way to our fun-filled shores.
Visa & customs
Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry. For more information on visa requirements and the Visa Free Transit Facility, you can check with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you. The period of stay granted will be shown on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.
On immigration clearance, the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service1 should be completed before you leave your departure point. This is available electronically on the Visit Singapore Travel Guide app on the App Store or Google Play. Alternatively, you can visit the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website to submit your arrival information. You can submit the information up to three days before your visit.
From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours onwards, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders returning to Singapore, including work pass holders and their dependents working in sectors that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport will be required to submit a health declaration through the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service before proceeding with immigration clearance. This health declaration should be submitted up to three days prior to arrival in Singapore. Those who make false declarations will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. For more information on the travel declaration requirements, please refer to the MOH website (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19).
Upon departure, you may use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS), which offers you express self-clearance immigration. Do view this video to learn about this process.
For your convenience, download the Singapore Customs mobile app, Customs@SG, which allows you to declare and pay the duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) for your overseas purchases on the go, before arriving at the checkpoint in Singapore. Find out more on declarations and payment at Singapore Customs.
1From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, paper-based disembarkation/embarkation cards will be discontinued. When entry for short-term visitors resumes in the future for Singapore, such travellers will have to provide their arrival and departure information via the SGAC e-Service instead.