Entry and Visa Requirements for foreigners


With effect from 9 February 2024, holders of Ordinary Passports issued by the People’s Republic of China will be exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days in Singapore. Holders of Diplomatic, Public Affairs and Service Passports issued by the PRC will continue to be exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days in Singapore as per current treatment.


Holders of all other travel documents issued by the PRC must continue to apply for an entry visa before travel into Singapore. These include the PRC Travel Document, Hong Kong SAR Document of Identity (DOI) and Macau SAR Travel Permit.


If you are holding other passports/ travel documents, you may check if you require a visa at ICA’s website.


A Singapore visa is not an immigration pass. It is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid visa to travel to, and seek entry into, Singapore. The grant of an immigration pass will be determined by the ICA officers at the point of entry. The period of stay granted is not tied to the validity of your visa.


Travellers are advised to refer to further entry requirements at ICA’s website prior to travelling to Singapore.


Visa Application Fee


With effect from 1 Feb 2017, all Authorised Visa Agents in China charge a fixed visa fee of RMB 300 for a Singapore visa application. The fixed fee is inclusive of the visa processing fee of SGD 30 payable to the Singapore Government and a service charge payable to the Authorised Visa Agent. The visa application fee is non-refundable.


Processing Time


The processing time for a visa application is generally 3 to 5 working days (from submission of all required documents to the Authorised Visa Agent). Some applications may take a longer time to process.


Submission of Visa Applications


With effect from 8 Dec 2014, the Singapore Embassy in Beijing and our Consulates-General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen have ceased walk-in visa applications. Please submit your visa applications through our Authorised Visa Agents. Visa applications must be personally submitted to the Authorised Visa Agents by the applicant, except for minors under 18 years old and other authorised applicants.


If you have a local contact (a Singapore Citizen/ Permanent Resident), he/she may also submit a visa application for you online at ICA’s e-Service, using his/her Singpass account.   


Collection of Visas


You will collect your e-Visa directly from the Authorised Visa Agent.


You may also check on your e-Visa via the “Enquire Application Status” function on ICA’s e-Service, using your visa application reference number and your travel document number.


You are strongly encouraged to print out and bring along your e-Visa when travelling to Singapore, to minimise inconveniences with the airlines and immigration authorities.


For Enquiries


For enquiries in relation to application of the Singapore visa, please contact our Authorised Visa Agents.


Important Notices


  1. Every visa application (and the duration of visa granted), is considered on its own merits and subject to approval.
  2. Applicants may be required to provide additional supporting documents not listed above, on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Applicants are advised to purchase their flight tickets only after their visa application is approved.
  4. Applicants are advised to submit their visa applications 2 – 3 weeks prior to their intended travel. If the visa application is submitted too early and the validity granted had lapsed prior to the intended date of travel, a new visa application will need to be submitted.
  5. Possession of a visa does not guarantee entry into Singapore. Grant of entry and of an immigration pass will be determined by the ICA officers at the point of entry. Visitors must also meet other entry requirements such as having sufficient funds for the length of intended stay in Singapore and confirmed onward/return air ticket (if applicable).
  6. Visitors are required to submit their SG Arrival Card within 3 days before arriving in Singapore, via ICA’s e-Service.
  7. With effect from 11 Mar 2022, no ink endorsements are given on passports. An e-Pass stating the duration of stay granted will be emailed to visitors at their email address submitted on their SG Arrival Card.
  8. Overstaying is a punishable offence in Singapore. Visitors who wish to stay beyond the duration of stay granted may make an application to ICA to extend their stay (subject to approval), via ICA’s e-Service.


Frequently Asked Questions



Can I apply for a visa upon arrival at Singapore?


If you require a visa to enter Singapore, you must apply for the Singapore visa, and obtain an approved visa prior to arrival in Singapore.


Must the certificate of bank deposit be a fixed deposit certificate? Are there any specific requirements?


The deposit certificate does not need to be frozen, as long as it is issued within 1 month of the visa application. There is no minimum amount of money required on the certificate of bank deposit, as long as the sum can reflect your actual economic capability.

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