If you are planning on visiting Singapore either for business or pleasure, you are going to need a visa to ensure that your travel is a seamless experience. While oftentimes going through the motions of applying for a visa to pretty much any international country can feel like a daunting process, the good news is that obtaining a tourist visa to Singapore is an incredibly simple process! Here, we will be providing you with a step by step guide to how to get your Singapore Tourist Visa with ease and free of stress!
How To Apply
It should be noted that the Indian High Commission of Singapore will not accept any walk-in visa applications and you are required to apply through the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore which has implemented a good number of authorised Visa Agents and Strategic Partners. You can even go about applying directly online via any of the Authorised Agents and Strategic Partners’ and complete lists can be found with a quick online search.
The online application process is incredibly thorough and very simple. You will simply need to log on to the website of your choice, select Singapore as the country you will be traveling to and then click on the option that state “Tourist Visa”. You will in turn be prompted to enter in the date that you are planning on traveling to Singapore and provide all of your most accurate contact information. After that you will be guided through the remainder of the process, then pay your fee online and print out the receipt. Finally, you will need to bring that receipt with you to the nearest branch of Visa Agents and Strategic Partners and any documents needed to submit those documents in person to the branch itself. From there, you can opt to have your tourist visa mailed to you directly or just pick it up at that local branch when it arrives.
On average, you will find that your visa will take about one to five business days to process, so you should be sure that you apply at least a month in advance of your anticipated travel dates.
As previously noted, you will be required to bring in a certain number of needed documents. These documents include, but may not be entirely limited to:
- Your passport, which must be valid for at least another 6 months from the date that you arrive in Singapore (if you have a passport that is older than your most recent one, you may want to bring that along as well when you apply in person for your tourist visa)
- Your Visa Application Form 14A filled out entirely and signed
- A confirmed return flight ticket
- Two of your most recent passport size photos (35mm X 45mm) with white background, and must be in color
- A bank statement from the last 3 months and/or proof of residence
- A cover letter that details why you are visiting Singapore with a complete travel itinerary that is addressed to the “Consulate General of Singapore, the Embassy of Singapore” or a letter from your company stating why you are traveling there
- It should additionally be noted that if any of your documents are in Hindi, they must first be translated into English
Tourist Visa Fees
As previously noted, there is a required fee to apply for a Singapore tourist visa. The S$30 fee must also be paid at the time that you apply for your visa. Aside from the actual Singapore visa fee, you may also be required to pay a service fee to the authorised visa agent that you work with, that fee is typically only Rs.300. You may also want to keep in mind that all charges are non-refundable.
It should additionally be noted that all fees and charges can be subject to change at the discretion of the Singapore ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority) and you should always seek information about current prices and charges.
Things to Know
Indians who have a valid passport can opt to apply for a Singapore tourist visa, which will grant them the opportunity to be able to visit Singapore for a 30 day duration (maximum) and it also is valid for 2 years following the date that you obtained it. As previously noted, you need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before you plan to arrive in Singapore. The best part about obtaining a Singapore tourist visa is the fact that you can visit the region multiple times without having to re-apply for a new tourist visa.
Before traveling to Singapore, you should always be aware of current travel rules and regulations that may be associated with any plans that you are making when you arrive in Singapore. Be aware of any and all items that are banned from being brought into the region and make sure that you are well prepared with any and all documents that you may potentially be required of when you get to Singapore, it is most certainly always better to be safe than sorry.
It should also be noted that in the event you find yourself with a flight delay of 4 to 8 hours, you can can take advantage of taking a free tour of Singapore, but you need to register personally at Changi Airport. If your delay is more than 8 hours, you would need to obtain a transit visa.
Singapore is a beautiful region to visit and you are sure to find yourself making some unforgettable memories that will last you a lifetime to come! And when you plan accordingly, you can be sure that you are truly leaving all of your worries and cares behind in order to have a stress-free vacation in Singapore!
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