However, an additional question arose when I was checking our flight home on Singapore Airlines. I booked a flight from Siem Reap to Singapore using Aeroplan points and a flight the next day to the US using KrisFlyer Miles.
We’re planning to spend our layover exploring Changi Airport since Sharon’s been writing about it for years and wants to see what’s the big deal about an airport.
That’s when I realized we’d be entering Singapore and not simply being transit passengers, as we would be during our connection between LAX-SIN-SGN.
My research is relevant for those who have valid US Passports, as we do. Anyway, according to the US State Department, we should be OK.
- PASSPORT VALIDITY: 6 months.
- BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: 2 page requirement for entry stamp.
- TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Not required for stays under 90 days.
However, checking the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website, it’s not as clear-cut to enter.
It looks like we do not need a visa to enter the country. However, there are the following requirements:
To enter Singapore, travellers must meet the following immigration requirements:
i) Passport Validity
Have minimum 6-month passport validity if you are not a Singapore passport holder
iii) SG Arrival Card (SGAC)
All travellers must fill in the SGAC declaration up to 3 days before arrival
Only Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders entering via land checkpoints do not need to fill in the SGAC
iv) Security and Immigration Processes on Arrival
Ensure that you do not bring prohibited items into Singapore
Familiarise yourself with immigration/customs clearance procedures, including whether you are eligible for automated clearance
Short-Term travellers should have sufficient cash and proof of onward travel (tickets, visas), and ensure that you do not stay beyond your visit pass validity. You may retrieve your e-Pass after arrival using the e-Pass Enquiry Portal or check your visit pass validity using the visit pass validity tool.
Travellers on short-term visit pass are also not permitted to engage in any business, professional or paid employment activities when in Singapore. Overstaying is also a punishable offence in Singapore.
Our passports have more than 6 months of validity, and we have onward tickets home to the USA. We’ll have enough money for our stay, so the only requirement is to fill out the SG Arrival Card up to 3 days before arrival.
So while we don’t need a visa to enter Singapore, that doesn’t mean we don’t have any work to do before our trip. Filling our a free, online web form before our trip will prevent us from having unnecessary delays at the border when we enter Singapore.
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