The biggest hurdle for us Indians while planning to travel abroad is getting a visa. The hassle of securing a visa on an Indian passport subdues the idea of traveling abroad. What if I say there’s no need to plug away at the piles of paperwork and oodles of banal and archaic details for getting a visa? Yes, Singapore, every traveler’s dream, goes easy on Indian passport holders. The process of Singapore Visa for Indians is as quick as it can get!
Singapore remains one of the desired travel destinations for Indian travelers. As per reports, Indians count up to the third most visited foreign nationals to Singapore. Due to the increasing number of tourists visiting the island country from India, there’s always an immense gush for the visa applications at SHC. Good news is that the visa process for Singapore is simple, smooth and wonderfully streamlined for Indians.
Singapore High Commission has demarcated the foreign nations based on the visa entry requirements into Level I and Level II assessment countries. India belongs to Level I assessment countries.
Be informed, Singapore visa on arrival isn’t an option for Indian citizens. The official, diplomatic and service passport holders in India don’t need a visa to enter Singapore.
Let’s discuss the whats, hows, wheres, and whys of Singapore Tourist Visa.
SINGAPORE VISITOR/TOURIST VISA
What’s a Singapore Tourist Visa?
It’s a non-immigrant multiple entry e-visa for a temporary visit for tourism and business purposes to Singapore.
SINGAPORE VISA FOR INDIANS
How to get a Singapore tourist visit from India?
Getting a Singapore e-visa is quite easy and effortless. Singapore High Commision doesn’t accept individual walk-in applications. SHC accepts the visa application through local sponsors or certified agents only.
As discussed, there are two ways to get the e-visa for Singapore –
- Apply through a local contact (At least 21 years old Singapore citizen or a Singapore permanent resident) with a SingPass account. He or she can apply online via the SAVE ( Submission of Application for Visa Electronically) system at ICA and print or collect the e-visa at ICA and send it to you.
- Apply through a certified visa agent or strategic partner in India designated by ICA.
AUTHORIZED VISA AGENTS FOR SINGAPORE VISA
Where do I get a list of authorized visa agents or strategic partners in India for Singapore tourist visa?
The lists can be found on consulate’s website. Below are the links for you to download the lists of authorized visa agents (AVA) designated by Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore (ICA) –
Note: These lists get updated periodically. You can refer to the embassy’s website for the revisions.
The agents have been given SAVE strategic partner accounts using which they can submit the applications online on behalf of the applicants.
We chose Cox & Kings in Delhi. The process was seamless. We got our e-visa with 2-year validity in 1 working day.
Note: Always choose the authorized visa agents designated by ICA only. There are online agents like Musafir, Visahq and many more who aren’t affiliated to SGH and charge an exorbitant service fee for the visa. ICA hasn’t authorized these online agents plus they don’t even have the right and complete information about the visa process (ask me how I know!). Sadly, when one searches the internet, these online agents are the first to pop up on the computer screen. If someone isn’t aware of the process and the fee, he or she tends to rely on them. We have had our own share of mistakes and learned from them. Based on my share of bad experiences, I thought of putting this here so that others don’t fall trap of these online agents.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR SINGAPORE VISA
What are the documents required for the Singapore tourist visa?
All the documents should be in English. if not, should be officially translated into English from your regional language. The documents list include:
- Original Current Passport with a minimum of 2 blank pages and 6-month validity at the time of departure.
- Old passport, if any.
- Photocopy of passport bio-data page.
- Duly filled and signed form 14A
- Two most recent (taken not more than 3 months before) color photographs with prescribed specifications by ICA. Check the photo guidelines here.
Note – Paste one photograph on the visa form and sign across. Attach another with a paper clip. Don’t staple.
Supporting/ Additional Documents
Singapore High Commision can request additional documentation on a case-by-case basis.
- A Cover letter addressing ‘The Embassy of Singapore or The Consulate General of Singapore’ that states the date of travel, number of travelers, the purpose of visit, itinerary details, and duration of stay in the country and duly signed by the applicant. Use plain A4 Paper, if employed and use company letterhead with a stamp, if self-employed.
- Confirmed return flight tickets
- Address Proof if the address on the passport is different than the current address.
- Marriage Certificate, if the name of the spouse isn’t mentioned in the passport.
- Original Wedding Card is mandatory for the couples going for honeymoon.
- Bank Statements for the last 6 months with the bank stamp and signature to show sufficient funds for the entire period of stay in Singapore.
- Leave Letter (NOC) from the Company, a copy of employee ID, Salary Statements for the last 3 months, ITR last 3 years; if employed.
- Company Registration Proof/Memorandum of Association (MOA)/Partnership Deed and visiting card; if self-employed.
- Copy of the student ID card or Bonafide Certificate, Leave Letter from school/college; if a student.
- Retirement Proof, if retired.
- No objection certificate on 100 INR stamp paper and a copy of a passport or any ID proof from the non-accompanying parent, if a minor is traveling alone or is accompanied by one parent.
- NOC and a copy of passport or any ID proof from the husband, if the wife is traveling alone.
- Form V39A ( Letter of Introduction) and a copy of his/her ID card issued by Singapore Government, if you are invited or sponsored by the local contact / Hotel Booking Proof if staying in a hotel.
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SINGAPORE VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
What’s the process of getting a Singapore tourist visa from India?
Choose an authorized visa agent from the list (shared above) of agents designated by ICA who can carry the visa process on your behalf.
Once you have filled and signed the downloaded visa application form and paid the visa processing fee online, contact the agent to submit the form plus documents. The agent’s representative can pick the documents from home at additional charges or you can head to their closest branch along with the documents. Make sure to print the visa fee payment receipt.
After scanning through all the documents, the agent submits the documents on behalf of the applicant to the Singapore High Commision or through SAVE.
The visa agent can courier the e-visa print to your address or you can pick from the branch, whatever way you choose.
SINGAPORE EMBASSY IN INDIA
Singapore has a high commission in Delhi and general consulates in Mumbai, and Chennai in India. The agent applies to the embassy nearest to you and falls under your territory jurisdiction.
Address: E-6, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Tel: +91 (11) 600 0915 (Visa and Consular) , +91 (11) 4600 0800
Fax: +91 (11) 601 6413, +91 (11) 4601 6412 (Visa)
Operational Hours: Mon to Fri, 0900 to 1300 hrs, 1330 to 1700 hrs (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
Visa Timings: 0930 to 1100 hrs
Collection Timings: 1500 to 1600 hrs
Singapore High Commission in Delhi handles visa matters for Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal, Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Address: 17-A, North Boag Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600017
Tel: +91 (44) 2815 8207, +91 (44) 2815 8208 (Visa)
Fax: +91 (44) 2815 8209
Operational Hours: Mon to Fri, 0830 to 1300 hrs, 1400 to 1700 hrs (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
Collection Timings: 1600 to 1700 hrs (Collection by Travel Agents only)
Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Chennai handles visa matters for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, the Union Territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Address: 152, 14th Floor, Maker Chambers IV, 222, Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021
Tel: +91 (22) 2204 3205, +91 (22) 6150 2900
Fax: +91 (22) 2285 5812 (Visa), +91 (22) 2204 3203
Operational Hours: Mon to Fri, 0900 – 1700 hrs (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
Visa Timings: 0900 to 1200 hrs (Public), 0900 to 1030 hrs (Travel Agents)
Collection Timings: 1400 to 1600 hrs
Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Mumbai handles visa matters for Maharashtra, Goa, Chattisgarh, Orissa, and Madhya Pradesh, the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.
WHEN TO APPLY FOR A SINGAPORE E-VISA
How many days in advance can one apply for a Singapore tourist visa?
Apply at least 30 days prior to your scheduled travel date. Though the e-visa processing time is 24 to 72 hours; it can take longer in some cases. Plus if you are in a city other than the ones that have authorized agents, you need time to send and receive documents through courier.
SINGAPORE VISA APPLICATION STATUS
How and where can I check my Singapore tourist visa application status?
You can check the status of the application online using the passport number and the visa application reference number given by the agent.
Follow these simple steps to check the visa application status:
- Go to the ICA’s official website.
- Click on the Check Status/Make Appointment section on the left side.
- You’ll find many options under the Check Status of Online Application section. Choose Entry Visa option to open SAVE.
- Scroll down and click on Enquire Application Status.
- Key in your travel document number (passport number) and the visa reference number.
- Check the status. If approved, you can take a print-out of your e-visa.
SINGAPORE VISA PROCESSING TIME
How long does it take to get a Singapore tourist visa?
The e-visa process usually takes anywhere between 4 to 5 days excluding the submission date, weekends, and public holidays. Some applications may take a longer visa processing time.
SINGAPORE VISA VALIDITY
How long is a Singapore tourist visa valid for?
The validity of the visa varies between 30 days to 2 years from the date of the issue based on the merits of the application (at the discretion of the SGH) and the subject of approval.
DURATION OF STAY WITH THE SINGAPORE VISA
How long can an Indian citizen with a valid Singapore tourist visa stay in Singapore?
One can stay and travel around Singapore for a maximum length of 30 days. The 30 days can be used at one go or can be stretched over the period of e-visa validity (2 years) from the date of issue through multiple entries.
Singapore e-visa is considered pre-entry permission to enter Singapore. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the checkpoint, decide and issue the immigration pass to enter and stay in the country.
It’s advisable to check your passport for the arrival visit pass approval for the period of stay granted by ICA before leaving the entry checkpoint. The granted period of stay is unrelated to the validity of your visa.
In a scenario where your visa validity period is still active, but you’ve exhausted your 30 days of stay duration, you won’t get another visa to Singapore before the visa validity period expires.
SINGAPORE VISA PROCESSING FEE
How much is the processing fee for the Singapore e-visa?
The electronic visa processing fee is around 30 SGD which is 1534.73 INR as per current exchange rate. The visa fee is non-refundable even if your visa is rejected or you choose to withdraw the application.
AUTHORIZED VISA AGENT SERVICE FEE FOR SINGAPORE VISA
How much is the authorized visa agent’s service fee for a Singapore e-visa?
The agent’s service fee is 300 INR per application. There’s an additional charge for the home pick-up of documents.
SINGAPORE VISA REJECTION
Does Singapore visa get rejected? Do they tell the reason for rejection?
While most people get a Singapore visa easily, I have heard of cases where the visa got rejected by the consulate and sometimes by ICA. At that, they don’t even give the reason for rejection. We can just assume or presume.
The possible reasons are – Invalid documents, wrong information, unclear photograph, immediate reapplication of visa without
knowing the reason for rejection of the previous application, overstaying during the first visit, and applying for the second visa while the current visa hasn’t expired.
REAPPLICATION FOR VISA AFTER REFUSAL
Can I reapply immediately after my e-visa application is rejected?
There’s no set time limit as such. Visa can be applied immediately. But, in my opinion, it’s better to give some time before you again apply for the visa.
To reapply, submit a fresh application via SAVE and pay the visa processing fee again. You need to submit the visa application form with the documents (additional, if any) to Singapore High Commission for reconsideration.
SINGAPORE E-VISA EXTENSION
Can I extend my stay in Singapore?
The visa can be extended for a further 90 days. If you feel the need to stay in Singapore beyond the allowed period, you may apply for an extension of visa online via e-XTEND or at the Visitors Services Centre (VSC) before the current visa expires. The extension of the visa is subject to approval. Refer here for the frequently asked questions about Singapore visa extension.
VISA FREE TRANSIT FACILITY (VFTF)
Am I eligible for Singapore’s VFTF as an Indian citizen?
Singapore grants 96-hour visa-free transit to Indian passport holders provided they have a valid onward air/ferry/cruise ticket plus a valid visa or a long-term pass to one of these 8 countries – Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland.
Also, Indian citizens need to satisfy the entry requirements laid by the ICA at the Singapore checkpoint. They can enter Singapore means of transport but the departure should be via air or sea. The transit facility is applied either during forward or return leg of the journey, not both.
Indian travelers with used/no longer valid Single Journey Visas (SJV) from the listed countries can be granted Visa-free transit facility on the return leg of the journey given that the traveler travels directly from the SJV issuing country to his home country en route Singapore and he hasn’t returned to his country since the SJV was last used.
The ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority) officers check the entry assessments. Stay extension for transit Indian travelers isn’t available.
Refer here for the detailed information.
DAMAGED OR LOST E-VISA
What should I do if my e-visa is damaged or lost?
Use the Submit Inquiry function in SAVE and reprint the e-visa putting your passport number and application reference number.
TRANSFER OF A VALID VISA FROM OLD PASSPORT TO THE NEW ONE
Can I transfer a valid visa issued on my old passport to the new one?
You need to apply for the new visa if you are planning to travel to Singapore with a passport which is different than the one you submitted during the visa application before. The process remains the same.
TIPS FOR THE SINGAPORE TOURIST VISA
- Fill the form with caution. Incomplete forms or forms with incorrect or false details are rejected or take longer than usual time to process.
- Keep the e-visa print with you all the time during your stay in Singapore.
- ICA handles the Singapore visa process. Visit their website or mail to them for more information on the visa process.
Note: All the information provided here was true at the time of publishing but is subject to change. The visa policies are volatile and the information regarding visa keeps on changing periodically. We try to keep the post updated, however, there can be certain discrepancies. If you find any, please let us know 🙂
Disclaimer: The information here is for reference purposes only. It’s to help and ease the Singapore tourist visa process but doesn’t in any way assure the approval of your e-visa application. The decision to approve or deny your visa application rests with the Singapore High Commission.
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