|As part of immigration entrance and departure processes, all foreigners aged 6 and above are electronically fingerprinted. The immigration officer may next conduct a brief interview with you. If any of these processes are rejected, entry will be denied.|
For visits of 90 days or less, citizens of the European Union, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States do not need a visa.
Most other nations’ citizens may remain for 30 days or fewer without a visa, therefore if your country isn’t included below, that’s the case.
Citizens of the following countries are exempt from having to apply for an advance, online visa:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Myanmar, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Citizens of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen have to apply for an advance visa at a Singaporean embassy or consulate.
Citizens of Kosovo are refused entry.
For most African and South American nationals, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for admission into Singapore.
Males who enter Singapore unlawfully or overstay their visas for more than 14 days are subject to a mandatory three-stroke cane penalty.
Singapore’s drug laws are very stringent, and drug trafficking carries a mandatory death sentence, which also applies to foreigners. Even if you haven’t entered Singapore and are simply transiting (i.e. changing planes without having to go through passport control and customs), you will face the death penalty if you are in possession of narcotics. The paranoid may also be interested to know that it is illegal in Singapore to have any drug metabolites in your system, even if they were ingested outside the country, and Customs conducts random urine testing at the airport! Bringing explosives or weapons into Singapore without a permission is also a capital crime.
Bring your prescriptions with you and get permission from the Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA: new main page at [web]) before bringing in any sedatives (e.g. Valium/diazepam) or powerful painkillers (e.g. codeine ingredients). (If you scan and attach all necessary papers to an e-mail message requested by the website, you may get written approval in as short as 10 days, and at the very least 3–4 weeks.) Allow a few months for ordinary mail from any considerable distance.) While hippies may anticipate a little more scrutiny from Customs, a shave and haircut are no longer required for admission.
Unless you are coming from Malaysia, duty-free alcohol limits are one litre each of wine, beer, and spirits, but the 1 litre of spirits may be substituted with 1 litre of wine or beer. No duty-free allowance is available to visitors arriving from Malaysia. Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to bring alcohol into the facility. There is no duty-free allowance for cigarettes; all cigarettes supplied lawfully in Singapore are branded “SDPC,” and smokers found with unmarked cigarettes face a fine of up to $500 per pack. (However, bringing in one opened pack is generally allowed in reality.) You may pay the tax or let the customs officials hold the smokes until your departure if you report your cigarettes or extra alcohol at customs. Although it is legally prohibited to import non-medical chewing gum, customs officials are unlikely to object to a few sticks for personal use.
The quantity of money that may be carried into or out of Singapore is unrestricted. If you’re taking in or out more over $20,000 (or its equivalent in foreign currency), Singapore customs will ask you to report it, and you’ll be required to fill out some paperwork. You risk being arrested, fined heavily, and even imprisoned if you do not declare.
Pornography, pirated products, and publications by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Unification Church are prohibited from being brought into Singapore, and all luggage is inspected at land and sea entry ports. The Board of Censors must approve all entertainment material, including movies and video games, before they can be imported into Singapore, although this is seldom if ever enforced for genuine (non-pirated) products. On the other hand, pirated CDs or DVDs may result in penalties of up to $1000 per disc.