Singapore gets millions of tourists every year because, despite its small size, it is overflowing in tourist attractions. Whether you want to enjoy art, nature, one of the best zoos in the world, its high-end malls or some delicious, rich food, then Singapore is the place to go.
If you have made up your mind that the small city-state just off southern Malaysia is worth a trip, but caught yourself second-guessing, “Do I need a visa for Singapore?”, you are very likely in luck. The majority of countries can travel to Singapore visa-free.
For the remainder, the Singapore visa application has been simplified through the e-visa.
You only need a Singapore visa if you are a national of the countries listed on the tables below.
The countries who nationals require a visa to go to Singapore have been divided in two groups: Assessment Level I Countries and Assessment Level II Countries.
The Assessment Level I Countries whose nationals need a Singapore visa are:
The Assessment Level II Countries whose nationals need a visa to enter Singapore are:
In addition, if you hold one of the following documents, you will have to apply for a visa, even if your country is exempt from Singapore visas:
You are exempt from a Singapore visa (even if you are a national of an Assessment Level I or II Country) if you hold a diplomatic, service, or official passport.
Every other country who was not mentioned on the tables above is exempt from holding a Singapore visa.
Visa-exempt nationals can stay in Singapore without a visa for a maximum of 30 days except for the following countries, who are allowed to stay for 90 days:
You do not need a transit visa to pass through Singapore, even if you are a national from an Assessment Level I or II Country, as long as you fill the following conditions:
Some countries can enter Singapore for a short period of time if they are transiting. This is possible due to the Visa-Free Transit Facility (VFTF).
The Visa-Free Transit Facility allows certain foreign nationals who are transiting through Singapore to enter the country for 96 hours if they fulfill certain conditions.
The Visa-Free Transit Facility is available to specific nationals from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgia, India, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
If you are a national of India or the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and are transiting to a third country via Singapore, you may be allowed to enter Singapore if:
If you are a national of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgia, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine you may be allowed to enter Singapore if:
It is the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the point of entry who decide whether they allow the entry of the aforementioned nationals in Singapore.