Travelling to and from Singapore is generally a fuss-free affair, but if you have any questions in mind, this handy FAQ is bound to answer them all.
Whether you’ve just reached the departure gate at Changi Airport, planning for your first-ever arrival to our sunny island or have questions about getting through customs, this how-to guide will make your entry to and departure from Singapore a breeze.
Travelling to and From Singapore: A How-To Guide
Do I need a visa for entry into Singapore?
Most visitors to Singapore do not require a visa for entry.
For a list of countries that require a valid Visa for entry into Singapore, you can check the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’s website, or enquire at the Singapore Overseas Mission closest to you.
How do I check for period of stay granted?
You’ll find this on the visit pass endorsement in your passport.
Are there any documents that I need to fill in upon arrival?
After clearing immigration, you should fill in your SG Arrival Card before leaving your departure point. You can visit the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website to submit your arrival information. This can be done up to three days before your visit.
Departing from Singapore
Are there any convenient services I can use when departing from Singapore?
Travellers who are eligible for automated immigration may use the enhanced Automated Clearance System (eIACS).
While this service usually extends to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, Long Term Pass Holders and Work Pass Holders, frequent travellers to Singapore may be eligible for it under the ICA’s Frequent Traveller Programme.
Is there an app that I can use to clear customs?
Certainly! The Singapore Customs mobile app, Customs@SG, allows you to declare and pay the duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) for your overseas purchases on the go.
Do remember to log in your info before arriving at the checkpoint in Singapore. You can find out more on declarations and payment at Singapore Customs.
Returning to Singapore
I’m a long-time resident who’s coming back to Singapore —are there any forms I should fill in?
Welcome home! Do note that as of 27 March 2020, you’ll need to fill in some paper work if you’re a:
- Singaporean Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- Long Term Pass Holder
- Work Pass Holder
- Dependent working in essential services (e.g. health care, transport)
You’ll have to submit a health declaration through the SG Arrival Card e-service before proceeding with immigration clearance.
This health declaration should be submitted up to three days prior to arrival in Singapore. Do submit a truthful health declaration, so as to avoid running afoul of the Infectious Diseases Act.
For more information on the travel declaration requirements, please refer to the MOH website.