Singapore Visa, Customs & Legal Regulations

Important Things to Note

Most foreigners coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon their arrival in Singapore. However, it is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regard to coming into Singapore. 
If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival. You should have a valid passport with at least six months validity, onward or return tickets, onward facilities (such as visas or entry permits) to your next destination, and sufficient funds for your stay in Singapore.

Visa-Requiring Travellers

The list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Singapore may be found on the ICA’s website here. Should you require a visa, please refer to ICA’s website for application procedures. As with most countries, do note that the possession of a visa does not entitle a foreigner to enter Singapore automatically. Visitors must also meet entry requirements such as holding a valid passport, possession of sufficient funds for the period of stay in Singapore and confirmed onward or return air tickets. The grant of a visit pass to a foreign visitor is determined by the ICA Officers at the Singapore checkpoints and each case is considered on its own merits.
Nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Georgia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine may be granted entry into Singapore without visas# for a stopover stay, for up to 96 hours if they fulfil the following conditions:
     •    Traveller is in transit to or from a third country by air
     •    Traveller is in possession of
                -   A valid passport
                -   A confirmed onward air-ticket
                -   Entry facilities (including visa) to the third country
                -   Sufficient funds for the period of stay in Singapore
     •    Traveller continues his journey to the third country within the 96-hour visa-free period granted
     •    Traveller satisfies Singapore's entry requirements, as determined by the ICA officers at the Singapore Checkpoints.
#Granting of the visa-free entry will be upon the assessment and at the discretion of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer at the Singapore Checkpoint.

Loss of Passports

Should you lose your passport while in Singapore, please make a police report immediately and approach your embassy in Singapore to apply for a replacement travel document. You should also report to the ICA (across from the Lavender MRT Station at 10 Kallang Road) for a visit pass which will regularise your stay in Singapore. 

Singlish Guide

A Guide to Understanding Our Local Slang

While it may not be recognised in the world as a formal language, a bit of knowledge on Singlish is definitely essential when travelling around Singapore. It is a unique blend of English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil and local dialects. To some, it is a beautiful language that proudly displays the multi-cultural character of our society; to others, it is a colloquialism so full of grammatical errors that it makes you squirm each time you hear it. Regardless, it is useful to understand a fair bit of Singlish, or at least understand the most common phrases used to avoid getting ‘lost in translation’. 
Besides the typical “lah” which punctuates most sentences used by the locals, here is a quick guide of phrases that you may encounter and use most often: 

Don’t pray pray ah!: “Don’t mess around!” 
Oh, izzit?: “That’s interesting.” / “Oh, is that true?” 
Dohwan: “No, thanks.” / “I don’t want it.” 
Kiasu: A general term used to describe the highly competitive nature of many Singaporeans. It is originally a Chinese dialect expression that literally means “fear of losing”. 
So how?: “So what do we do now?”
Alamak!: A general expression of dismay or incredulity. 
Can can!: “Yes, definitely.”
Auntie / Uncle: A respectful form of an address for an older man / woman, respectively. 
Lai dat also can?: “Is that acceptable?”

The following links and numbers may be useful should you need guidance around the island or emergency help. – Most useful for addresses and phone numbers of your intended locations, and even provides several route options to your destination. – Has an extensive list of all the embassies in Singapore. – Has a comprehensive list of licensed travel agents in Singapore. – Useful list of tour guides in Singapore searchable by languages spoken and area of expertise. – Find where you want to go and how to get there. – Singapore Tourism Board Offices Worldwide – Locate fun-filled family-friendly businesses that offer products and services to the young and old.
Emergency Hotlines
Police – 999
Ambulance – 995
Fire Brigade – 995
Flight Information – 1800 542 4422
Medical Services
Raffles Hospital (585 North Bridge Road) – (65) 6311 1111
Singapore General Hospital (Outram Road) – (65) 6222 3322
Gleneagles Hospital (6A Napier Road) – (65) 6473 7222
Credit Cards
American Express – 1800 396 6000
JCB – (65) 6734 0096
Diners Card – (65) 6416 0800
Visa – 800 448 1250
MasterCard – 800 110 0113
Foreign Embassies
Germany (50 Raffles Place) – (65) 6533 6002
Australia (25 Napier Road) – (65) 6836 4100
USA (27 Napier Road) – (65) 6476 9100
UK (100 Tanglin Road) – 6424 4200
Canada (1 George Street) – (65) 6854 5900
France (101 Cluny Park Road) – (65) 6880 7800