If you are considering a trip to Singapore and require a visa, this article provides comprehensive information on the Singapore visa application process.

A Singapore visa grants entry to the country through a designated point of entry, where Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers conduct checks to determine if the visitor meets the entry requirements.

It is crucial to initiate the Singapore visa application at least 30 days before your planned arrival. However, possessing a Singapore visa does not automatically guarantee entry, as it serves as pre-entry permission.

Upon meeting the entry requirements, you will be issued a Pass, permitting entry into Singapore for the duration specified in the Pass. For instance, a Singapore tourist visa typically results in the issuance of a Visit Pass, typically valid for a maximum of 30 days within a 90-day period.

Do I Need to Apply for a Visa to Go to Singapore?

While the majority of countries can enter Singapore without a visa, for those requiring a visa, the application process has been streamlined, allowing for online applications at any time through Singapore’s introduction of the e-Visa.

Countries are categorized into Assessment Level I and Assessment Level II, impacting the application process and visa processing time.

How to Submit a Singapore Visa Application?

Applicants from both assessment levels can apply for a Singapore visa through the following methods:
– Online, utilizing ICA’s e-Service, either independently or through a local Singaporean contact or strategic partner.
– At a Singaporean diplomatic mission.

Although you complete your own visa application form and assemble the necessary documents, you cannot submit the application yourself. An authorized visa agent, strategic partner, or local contact in Singapore must handle the submission on your behalf.

Authorized visa agents and strategic partners are government-approved travel agencies, capable of submitting applications through ICA’s SAVE (Submission of Application for Visa Electronically) available on the ICA website.

You can inquire with the nearest Singaporean mission to obtain information on contacting a strategic partner.

A Singapore local contact, a trusted person in Singapore (citizen or permanent resident), eligible to register on SingPass, can submit an application on your behalf. The contact must be at least 21 years old.

For those applying through a Singaporean diplomatic mission, contacting them directly is necessary to learn about their specific requirements and application process.

Collecting the Required Documents

The necessary documents for a Singapore Visa application include:
– Completed Singapore Visa application form, covering personal information, marital status, intended stay details, and more.
– Valid passport/travel document (with a minimum validity of six months after the visa expiration date).
– Photocopy of the passport’s bio-data (A4 format).
– Photocopy of booked airline ticket or travel itinerary (A4 format).
– Passport-size recent photograph, featuring a white background and a neutral expression.
– Letter of Introduction, signed by the local contact or strategic partner, attached to the application, requesting information about your visit, duration, and the relationship between you and the contact.

After Receiving Your Singapore Visa

Upon receiving your Singapore visa, either you or your partner can print a paper copy of the e-Visa.

For Assessment Level I Countries, the processing time is typically one day, while for Assessment Level II Countries, it takes about three days. However, certain applications may take longer to process.

After obtaining your visa, you can travel to Singapore, where ICA officers determine entry eligibility at the entry points and issue you a Pass accordingly.