Visa Application Requirements For Other Nationals


Important note: With effect from 8 Dec 2014, the Singapore Embassy in Beijing and our Consulate-General offices in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen will cease to accept walk-in visa applications. Please submit your visa applications through our Authorised Visa Agents.


Please approach our Authorised Visa Agents (603.18KB) for your visa application. The Singapore Embassy in Beijing and our Consulates-General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen have ceased to accept walk-in visa applications with effect from 8 Dec 2014.


Entry and Visa Requirements for all foreigners

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.


The period of stay granted is shown on the visit pass endorsement given on your passport and it is not tied to the validity of your visa.


If your travel document is issued by one of the countries or regions below, you will need a visa to enter Singapore. For more information, please visit ICA’s website.


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, Holders of Palestinian Authority Passport, Temporary Passport issued by the United Arab Emirates and Refugee Travel Document issued by Middle-East countries. These travel documents are subject to assessment of recognition for entry into Singapore.


Application For Entry Visa


To apply for an entry visa for business or social visas, you will need to produce the following documents in support of your application. Additional documents may be required when necessary.


1.            Passport and a photocopy of the applicant’s passport bio-data page must be furnished. At least 6 months’ validity (calculated from the date of arrival in Singapore) and one blank visa page.


2.            Form 14A (552.61KB): One set (Original) of duly completed form (in English) and signed by the applicant in person per application.


3.            Passport-sized coloured photographs: Two sets (one to be affixed onto the Form and the other for scanning purpose). The photograph must meet the following requirements:


Size: 2 inch, coloured, against white background and taken within the last 3 months;


Taken full face without headgear (unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with his/her religious or racial custom but the headgear must not hide the applicant’s features).


4.            Visa application fee: The visa processing fee of $30 Singapore dollar is non-refundable. Our Authorised Visa Agents will charge a service fee on top of the visa processing fee. With effect from 1 Feb 2017, all our agents in China will charge a fixed visa fee of RMB 300, which is inclusive of the visa processing fee and the service fee.


5.            In addition, application for Social Visa should also produce the following documents:


If the applicant is employed, an original letter from the employer granting leave of absence and stating the duration of employment, designation and salary, is required. The letter must provide the name, address, telephone number(s) and fax number(s) of the company. The letter must also be stamped with the official stamp of the company.


An applicant who is unemployed must produce documents eg. Certificate of bank deposit (original and photocopy), so as to reflect his/her actual economic capability. There is no minimum requirement on the amount of money needed on the certificate of bank deposit but the certificate issuance date must within 1 month of the visa submission date.


6.            Additional supporting documents (eg. Original Form V39A (Letter of Introduction (191.47KB)) may be required on a Case-by-Case Basis. A completed Form V39A which may be issued by a local contact* in Singapore. If you cannot secure an LOI from a local contact, applicant can approach his/her diplomatic mission to issue a letter of introduction.


* The local contact 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 business visit (attending business negotiations or discussions), the local contact must be acting on behalf of the Singapore-registered entity.


7.            In addition, application for Business Visa should also produce the following documents:


(a)          Business profile. One printout of the latest Singapore registered company’s business profile which is obtainable from the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority ( The printout date of the company’s business profile should not be dated more than 6 months from the day of submission. Applicant who is invited by Singapore government agencies, universities or are attending exhibition/conference/convention in Singapore are not required to produce Form V39A and business profile. The applicant however needs to present the original letter by the inviting organisation or event organiser addressed to the applicant. The invitation letter must be signed by the invitee of the organiser and addressed to the applicant (the full name as in passport).


(b)          Original Form V39A (Letter of Introduction) (191.47KB) must also bear the address, telephone number, fax number, official stamp of the Singapore company and the NRIC number of it’s representative. Original Form V39A (Letter of Introduction) may be required on a case-by-case basis.


8.            Visa Submission/Collection Time: Please submit your visa applications through our Authorised Visa Agents. You will collect your visa directly from the Authorised Visa Agents once it is ready for collection.


9.            Visa Processing Time: The processing time is 3 to 5 working days (including the day of submission by Authorised Visa Agents). Some applications may take longer to process. Each visa application will be considered on its own merits.


10.          Visa Enquiry phone line: All applicants and local contacts are encouraged to read the details outlined here. If further clarification is still required, please contact the nearest Singapore Embassy or Singapore Consulate-General office’s Visa Enquiry line or our Authorised Visa Agents (603.18KB).


Singapore Embassy in Beijing                                      Tel: +86-010-6532 9380

Singapore Consulate-General in Shanghai            Tel: +86-021-6278 5566

Singapore Consulate-General in Chengdu Tel: +86-028-8652 7222

Singapore Consulate-General in Guangzhou Tel: +86-020-3891 2345

Singapore Consulate-General in Xiamen Tel: +86-0592-268 4691


Important Notices


1.            Incomplete forms and/or documents submitted may result in the application being rejected or the processing delayed.


2.            Every application for a visa, including the duration of the visa granted, will be considered on its own merits and subject to approval.


3.            Applicants should ensure that the visa applications are approved before they obtain their air ticket. We are not responsible for any financial loss in the event that the application is not successful.


4.            The visa issued is normally dated on the day when you submit the application and the validity of the visa cannot be changed once issued. Please do not submit the application too early before your planned trip to Singapore. If the validity of the visa has lapsed, the applicant will need to submit a fresh application. Applicants are advised to submit the applications 1 to 2 weeks prior to the departure and to check the visa date of issue and the validity period carefully upon receiving the visa.


5.            Possession of a visa does not guarantee entry into Singapore. The granting of entry into Singapore is determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry. Visitors must also meet entry requirements such as holding a valid passport, sufficient funds for the period of stay in Singapore and confirmed onward/return air ticket (if applicable).


6.            The period of stay in Singapore will be decided by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Officer at the point of entry in Singapore. Applicants are advised to check their passports for the arrival endorsement and take note of the duration of stay given.


Visa Free Transit Facility (VFTF)


The information on this page is a guide for visitors who may qualify for the 96-hour visa free transit facility (VFTF). This may be available to nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgia, India, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Turkmenistan and Ukraine.


Transit travellers who satisfy the criteria for VFTF will have to meet the prevailing entry requirements before they are allowed entry into Singapore. Assessment for entry is determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry.


Extension of stay for transit travellers under VFTF is strictly not allowed.


People’s Republic of China (PRC) And Nationals of India


If you are in transit to or from any third country via Singapore, you may be eligible for the 96-hour VFTF if you meet these requirements:


•You may enter Singapore by any mode of transport but depart only via air or sea. You must have a valid onward air/ferry/cruise ticket departing Singapore within 96 hours; and


•You must have a valid visa*/long-term pass (with a validity of at least 1 month from the date of entry into Singapore under the VFTF) issued by any of the following countries:






•New Zealand


•United Kingdom

•United States of America


* A visa is considered valid so long as it is good for entry into one of the eight countries listed above. Travellers with Single Journey Visas (SJV) may still be granted VFTF on the return leg of their journey (i.e. after the SJV is used and no longer valid), but you must:


•Travel directly from the country that issued the SJV, en route through Singapore, back to your home country


•Not have returned to your home country since you last used the SJV.


^ Applies to visas issued by Germany or Switzerland, or Schengen visas that are good for entry to Germany or Switzerland.


Nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine


If you are in transit to or from any third country, you may be eligible for the 96-hour VFTF if you have a valid onward air ticket departing within 96 hours. You may enter Singapore by any mode of transport but must depart Singapore by air.


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