Entry to Singapore

Short term visitors from anywhere in the world are not able to enter Singapore.

Singapore entry passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Singapore. If you are intending to transit Singapore to neighbouring countries, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. You may be refused entry or turned away by airlines if your passport does not meet this requirement.

Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing. Make sure your passport is in good condition before arriving in Singapore. Being refused entry can result in significant cost and a long stay at the airport.

Singapore entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who has been in the UK or South Africa for any period in the previous 14 days before travel, including for transit, will not be able to enter Singapore. This includes those who previously had permission to enter Singapore. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are still able to enter Singapore, but are required to undertake 14 days quarantine at a government facility on arrival, followed by 7 days quarantine at their place of residence. Travellers will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and at the end of their quarantine period

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower will only allow Singapore work pass holders and/or their dependents to enter or re-enter Singapore if their employers have obtained prior approval from the Ministry. Further details can be found on the Ministry of Manpower website. You will be refused entry or risk deportation if you do not comply with this requirement. You also risk having your work pass revoked.

COVID-19 test (PCR test)

Everyone, apart from Singapore citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents, entering Singapore from the UK (and from most other countries) must obtain a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test) within 72 hours of travel.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Once you have permission to enter Singapore you must submit an online health declaration in advance of your arrival. Otherwise, it will need to be completed upon entry and may result in delays to immigration clearance. Short term visitors are required from 31 January 2021 to have medical insurance of at least S$30,000.

Singapore Ministry of Health’s

Travellers are advised to check the Singapore Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) website before travelling. Measures for inbound travellers are summarised in the COVID-19 Appendix.

All work pass holders must comply with all Singapore government regulations or face their passes being revoked and/or fines/jail.

Singapore Quarantine requirements

Everyone granted permission to enter Singapore will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and will be issued with a Stay at Home Notice (SHN). For most arrivals this is for 14 days. SHNs must be served at a government designated hotel and costs $2,000.

A limited number of countries have been designated as ‘low-risk’ and will be issued with a 7-day SHN, or no SHN. Arrivals from these countries will be also be permitted to carry out quarantine at their residence, if applicable. Full details of exemptions including testing requirements and quarantine information can be found on the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) ‘Arrival in Singapore’ and ‘SafeTravel’ webpages. You should check these websites for updates and review SHN details before travelling.

Everyone aged over 12 who is in home quarantine will be required by law to wear an electronic tag for the duration of their quarantine period. The tags are about the size of a watch and are worn on the wrist.

In addition to quarantine fees, all arrivals must pay for a COVID-19 test which will be conducted before the SHN quarantine period ends. While you are serving quarantine you will not be allowed to leave your room/place of residence. Smoking may not be allowed in the facilities. The quarantine period cannot be reduced, even if you wish to leave Singapore. Failure to comply carries a fine and a jail term of up to six months. More details can be found on the Singapore government website.

Specific schemes exist for essential business travel to Singapore from certain countries. To use these schemes your travel must be sponsored by your employer. Schemes also exist for long-term pass holders to facilitate limited travel between Malaysia and Singapore.

Travelling while pregnant

Women who are more than six months pregnant no longer need to get permission before travelling, but the final decision on the length of stay permitted rests with the immigration officer on arrival. Prior entry clearance is required for women intending to give birth in Singapore. You can apply at the High Commission for the Republic of Singapore in London or the nearest Singapore Embassy/High Commission if you’re not in the UK.

Arriving from the Middle East

If you’re arriving from an airport in the Middle East, you may be subject to screening for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). If you display symptoms, you may face quarantine or further testing.

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