Entry & Visa Requirements for Foreigners Travelling to Singapore
All foreign visitors must ensure that they meet or possess the entry requirements and visa requirements of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.
A Singapore visa is not an immigration pass. It is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid Singapore 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. Possession of a valid visa alone does not guarantee entry into Singapore.
If you are granted entry, you will receive a Visit Pass which will indicate the period of stay granted. This is not tied to the validity of your visa.
The Singapore High Commission accepts visa applications for tourism or business purposes only.
Submission of Application
The Consular Section is open from 9.30 am to 12:30 pm from Monday to Friday. The Consular Section counter is closed on weekends, UK public holidays and the Singapore National Day on 9 August.
Completed visa applications (with all required supporting documents) can be submitted in person by the applicant/proxy during Consular Section’s operating hours.
For postal applications, applicants are required to enclose a self-addressed, pre-paid (up to 500g) Royal Mail "special delivery" envelope, for the return of your documents. Franked/printed postage labels cannot be accepted by our office.
Note: Your visa application can also be submitted online using the e-service SAVE through a local contact in Singapore (must be a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore PR who is at least 21 years old with a SingPass account/CorpPass account).
Foreigners holding travel documents issued by the following countries will require a visa to enter Singapore:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Egypt, Georgia, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Document of Identity), India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macao Special Administrative Region (Travel Permit), Mali, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Note: All holders of non-regular travel documents (e.g. British Travel Document, UK Certificate of Travel, etc.) must email the Consular section at email@example.com for advice on entry/visa requirements, stating the type of travel document before making any travel plans to Singapore.
Travellers who are not resident in the United Kingdom are advised to submit their visa applications to their nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.
Documents Required to apply for an entry visa for business or social visits (Forms can be downloaded here)
1. Duly completed Form 14A signed by applicant;
2. Your recent passport-sized colour photograph taken within the last three months. Please see Photo Guidelines for photo requirements;
3. Applicant’s original current passport (valid for at least six months from date of entry into Singapore) AND photocopy of biodata page;
4. Photocopy of applicant’s valid UK visa/residence permit in the UK;
5. Photocopy of applicant’s hotel booking confirmation in Singapore;
6. Photocopy of applicant’s flight itinerary to and from Singapore;
An LOI is prepared by a local contact who must be either a Singapore Citizen (SC) or a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) who is at least 21 years old with a SingPass/CorpPass account. If you are applying for an entry visa for a business visit (attending business negotiations or conferences), the local contact must be acting on behalf of the Singapore-registered business entity. LOIs issued by your Embassy can also be accepted, if you are unable to secure an LOI from a local contact to support your visa application for social and business visits. A photocopy of your sponsor’s Singapore Identity Card (front and back) should also be included when submitting an LOI.
8. Applicant’s contact details (Phone number and email);
9. For business visa applications, please provide a letter from your employer to certify your employment status and the purpose of your trip to Singapore;
10. Additional supporting documents may be required on a case-by-case basis.
Note: Applications can be submitted no earlier than one (1) month prior to the arrival date in Singapore.
The process takes 5 to 10 working days provided the application is complete with the required supporting documents. There is no express facility to expedite the visa application process. Some applications may take longer.
The processing fee is £17.00 (British Sterling Pounds) in cash OR British Postal Order made payable to "SINGAPORE HIGH COMMISSION".
Note: The High Commission does not accept payments by personal cheque, debit or credit card. The visa processing fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of your application.
Collection of visas
An electronic visa (e-Visa) in PDF format will be conveyed to successful applicants. The e-Visa should be presented to the immigration officer at Singapore checkpoints along with a valid passport.
Please contact the Consular Section at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further clarification.
Applying for a visa to visit Singapore? Make sure you are in the right website
1. If you have a local contact (Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above) in Singapore to sponsor you for your visa, visit ICA’s website at www.ica.gov.sg for details on how to apply.
2. If you do not have a local contact in Singapore, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website at www.mfa.gov.sg for more details on how to apply through Singapore’s overseas missions and their authorised visa agents.
Reminder: Beware of other websites that claim to process your visa applications. Do not fall prey to these scam websites.
Note: The Singapore High Commission is not liable or responsible for any loss or damage of document(s) transmitted through the mail or courier services.