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Entering and Departing Singapore

Entry Requirements


You must present yourself for immigration clearance at your point of entry into Singapore. You must satisfy the following basic requirements before you can be considered for entry:

For more information about Visa Free Transit Facility, please click here for more information.

If you are eligible for entry, you will receive a Visit Pass which will indicate the period of stay granted. Check your Visit Pass and the number of days you can stay before leaving the checkpoint.

While in Singapore, on a visit pass, you are not permitted to engage in any business, professional or paid employment activities.

Overstaying is a punishable offence in Singapore. If you want to stay beyond the period of stay granted, you can apply for an extension online using the e-Service  or go to the Visitor Services Centre on Level 4 of the ICA Building before your Visit Pass expires. Applications for an extension of stay are subject to approval.

Entering and Departing Singapore BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL What You Can Bring


Currency

Entering and Departing Singapore

If you are entering or leaving Singapore with Physical Currency or Bearer Negotiable Instruments (CBNI)* with a total value exceeding S$20,000 (or its equivalent in a foreign currency), you must fill in the Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Report (Traveller), or NP727, form. The forms are available at all checkpoints and police establishment or can be downloaded from the Singapore Police Force website. Submit your completed form at the Customs Red Channel on arrival in Singapore, and at the immigration counters on departure from Singapore.

For more information, please visit the Commerical Affairs Department (CAD) website.

* ‘Physical currency’ refers to coins and printed money. Examples of bearer negotiable instruments include a bill of exchange, cheque, promissory note, bearer bond, money order and postal order.

Prohibited and Controlled Goods

Prohibited items are not allowed to be imported into Singapore. These include:

  • Chewing gum (except dental and medicated gum)
  • Chewing tobacco and imitation tobacco products (for example, electronic cigarettes)
  • Cigarette lighters in the shape of a pistol or revolver
  • Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
  • Firecrackers
  • Obscene articles, publications, videotapes, videodiscs and software
  • Reproductions of copyright publications, videotapes, videodiscs and laser discs, records and cassettes
  • Seditious and treasonable materials.

Controlled goods are items that require an import permit or authorisation from the relevant controlling authority for importation into Singapore.

For more information on items such as food and personal medication, please visit our web page on Prohibited Goods and Controlled Goods for the relevant controlling authority.

Transfer of Remains for Cremation or Burial to Singapore

If death had occurred overseas, it should be registered with the relevant foreign authorities where the death occurred.

 You will require a permit from the National Environment Agency is required to transfer human  remains from overseas to Singapore for cremation or burial.

For Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents, the deceased’s next of kin will then need to report the death to the Registry of Births & Deaths in Singapore. A proxy can also do this if they have a letter of authorisation from the deceased’s family. For more information, please click here.

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