Travelling around Singapore : which visas do you need?

Singapore is blessed with its geographical location. Nested in the heart of South-East Asia, the city is close to multiple dream destinations you can easily reach by plane or by boat. Expatriates and local residents appreciate those getaways a lot during weekends or holidays. However you must carefully organize every trip and be aware of customs formalities before leaving. We give you here some advice concerning visas in countries around Singapore and tips to make it easy.

Malaysia

The following nationalities are exempt from requiring a visa when entering Malaysia for tourism purpose and will get a 30 days permit to stay, however you need to have a passport that is valid for 6 months after your departure date:
Australia, European Union, USA, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE, Thailand, Russia, Switzerland. Note that if you require a visa, apply before you travel since Malaysia does not offer visas on arrival for those that require them. Always make sure that you don’t need a visa by calling the relevant embassy.

Indonesia

Here are some countries, from which citizens may go to Indonesia visa-free for 30 days: North American countries, Europe, Russia, Singapore, China, Japan, India, Argentina, Chile, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco, and Algeria. This applies only if you enter Indonesia though any one of the following air or sea ports: Denpasar (Bali airport), Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Batam and Bintan. If you enter or leave from another airport or seaport then you will have to pay US$35.
If you are from Brazil, Australia or Libya, you will have to get a visa on arrival for US$35. Make sure you have exact amount in cash to pay for it.

Philippines

Philippines is a tourist visa-free country for most of the countries in the world except China, India, Ukraine, Yemen, Cuba, Algeria and Egypt (non-exhaustive). Check before planning your trip if you can get a 14-days, 30-days or 59-days permit to stay. If you are not eligible to visa-free entrance in Philippines, contact the relevant embassy to apply for a visa or apply online (choose your nationality to know about the fees for your visa).

Thailand

If you are Australian, American, Canadian, Swiss or else, you can enjoy 30 days visa-free in Thailand. China, India, Saudi Arabia and other citizens are granted a 15 days visa on arrival. Some countries such as Bangladesh, Bolivia, Algeria, Egypt or Morocco are not in the list therefore citizens from those countries need to apply for visa at the relevant embassy. You will need a valid passport (at least 6 months following your departure date), a confirmed travel itinerary and a proof of funds and accommodation.

Cambodia

Citizens from Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Philippines and Thailand don’t need a visa for a 30-days tourist stay in Cambodia. Citizens from other countries will get a visa upon arrival for US$40 after presenting the visa application form (you get it in the plane), a passport with at least 6 months validity, one recent photograph (2 inches x 2 inches.) and your proof of return. Check before departure at which entry points you can get a visa.

Vietnam

Citizens from ASEAN countries, Russia, Japan, China, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark don’t need a visa for tourism purpose (for 15 or 30 days stays). Other countries are not eligible, thus require a visa. Note that until 30 June 2016, holders of British, German, French, Spanish, Belarus and Italian passports will not require a visa for stays of up to 15 days. If you apply for a visa, you will need a letter of approval often sold by specialized agencies. Plan to land in an international airport in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi or Da Nang airport) and present your letter of approval at the visa on arrival counter. The fee is US$25 for a 30-days visa. More information here.

Australia

Canadian, American, Japanese, Malaysian, North and East European countries and Greek passports are eligible to the e-visa (easy online application) for a less than 3 months stay. If your country is not mentioned above you have to contact the embassy of Australia.

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Always check before departure visa requirements of your destination country on the website of the relevant embassy.

 

Date of publication Jan 28 2016