Singapore has done something right when it comes to… airports and passports. That’s right, if you’re a Singaporean, you hold one of the most powerful passports in the world and have unrestricted access to 173 out of 219 countries. According to the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, our bright red book only comes in at No. 4, and is the #1 passport to have in Asia.
While our passport gives us access to almost anywhere in the world, here are some notable countries we Lion City travellers still need a visa to enter. Don’t worry about the hassle – many of these visas can be easily attained online!
1) Australia: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
Every Singaporean travelling down under does not need a traditional visa but requires an Electronic Travel Authority. The ETA is an electronic authorisation for travel to Australia to visit or conduct short term business in Australia, and replaces a visa label or stamp in your passport. Singaporeans are eligible to apply online.
2) India: e-Visa
Singaporeans wanting to travel to India need to apply for a visa. This can be done via a visit to the BLS Indian Passport & Visa Application Center with your supporting documents and application form. The physical presence of applicants is mandatory, except for children below 5 years of age.
3) Canada: Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)
Just like Australia, an ETA is required for all Singapore citizens entering Canada by air. This was made effective from March last year, and exceptions are made for individuals travelling there for diplomatic reasons.
4) Bhutan: Visa required
We completely understand if you’re dying to visit the notoriously happy Himalayan kingdom. Singaporeans have to apply for visas prior to travel, and this applies even to those holding diplomatic or official passports. Singaporeans are also required to book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator.
5) Egypt: Visa on Arrival
If you’re looking to enjoy the exotic desert and feast your eyes on mysterious ancient pyramids, you need to apply for a visa prior to traveling to the majestic land of Egypt. You can attain your visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore – Cairo. Visa application hours are from 9:00am to 11:00am.
6) China: Visa required for stays longer than 15 days
Those thinking of an extended stay of more than 15 days in China can apply for a visa at the local Public Security Organ after entry into China. Overstayers will be punished by the Chinese Public Security organ or Passport Control Station according to relevant law, so do make sure you follow the rules. Gulp.
7) Saudi Arabia: Hajj Visa
The country is a popular destination for Muslim pilgrims, who must apply for a separate visa through the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) when performing the annual Haj to Mecca. Do note that Singapore has an official Haj quota of 680 travellers annually. Afraid of long waiting times? A new visa centre at Anson Road was set up last year to expedite the application process.
8) United States of America: Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
Singapore is part of the Visa Waiver Program, however, a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is required if travelling by air or sea carrier. An ESTA must be applied at least 72 hours before departure.
There you go. We hope this helps you with planning your travels. If you’re looking for cheap flights and hotels, do be sure to plan your trip with ShopBack’s multitude of travel deals for the best savings!
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