Visa Application Requirements
Important note: To ensure greater transparency in the fees charged for Singapore visa applications, a fixed visa fee of RMB 300 is charged with effect from 1 February 2017, by all Authorised Visa Agents in China. 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 Agents.
Please approach our Authorised Visa Agents for your visa application. The Singapore Embassy in Beijing and our Consulates-General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen have ceased walk-in visa applications with effect from 8 Dec 2014.
Documents Required for Visa Application
You will need to provide the following documents to the Authorised Visa Agent, in support of your visa application. Additional documents may be required when necessary.
- Form 14A (Visa Application Form). Original form, duly completed in English, and signed by the applicant.
- Passport. Original passport and a photocopy of the applicant’s passport bio-data page. The passport must have at least 6 months’ validity (from the intended date of arrival in Singapore).
- PRC Identity Card (for PRCs only). Original and a photocopy of the identity card.
- Household Booklet(for PRCs only). Original and a photocopy of the entire booklet. For group household registers, please approach the Public Security Bureau or local police station to produce a certificate/ letter.
- Passport-sized photograph. One coloured photograph, taken within the last 3 months, sized 35mm wide by 45mm high without border, against a plain white background. The photograph must be taken at full frontal view (face should not be cropped and facial features should not be obscured).
- Letter of Employment (if employed). Original letter from the employer [stamped with company’s official stamp, and signed by a relevant personnel], granting leave of absence and stating:
- The applicant’s particulars, duration of employment, designation, and salary
- The company’s name, address, and contact information
- Certificate of Bank Deposit (if unemployed). Original certificate issued within 1 month of the visa application. There is no minimum amount of money required on the certificate of bank deposit. Other documents proving your economic capabilities may also be accepted.
- Student Certificate (for students). Original letter from the school [stamped with the school’s official stamp, and signed by a relevant personnel], or original and photocopy of the applicant’s student card. For students pursuing higher education in China, obtain a verification report (with QR code) from CHSI (学信网).
- Retirement Booklet/ Certificate (for retirees). Original and photocopy of your retirement booklet, or an original certificate/ e-certificate issued by the Social Security Bureau with verification (QR) code.
Submission of Visa Applications
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.
Visa 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.
Collection of Visa
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 in relation to application of the Singapore visa, please contact our Authorised Visa Agents.
- Every visa application (and the duration of visa granted), is considered on its own merits and subject to approval.
- Applicants may be required to provide additional supporting documents not listed above, on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants are advised to purchase their flight tickets only after their visa application is approved.
- 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.
- 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).
- Visitors are required to submit their SG Arrival Card within 3 days before arriving in Singapore, via ICA’s e-Service.
- 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.
- 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.
Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF)
Applicants intending to transit in Singapore may also check if they are eligible for the 96-hour Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF). You may refer to ICA’s website for more information on the requirements for VFTF.