Indians love to visit Singapore. And rightly so, Singapore is Delightful! Whether it is a trip to visit family or to explore the tiny country state, Singapore in one of the top picks for Indians. The reasons could be the close proximity, the familiarity in language and culture, getting out is easy and convenient and if it’s a family trip there’s something for everyone: kids, adults, and oldies.

Free Singapore transit tour

If you have at least 5.5 hours (or at least 6 hours for City Sights Tour) to spare till your connecting flight, join one of our free 2.5 hours guided tours with 2 short stopovers. The Heritage Tour runs 4 times daily and the City Sights Tour runs 2 times daily.

For more information about this tour, Click here

96-hour transit visa

Indian nationals who are in transit in Singapore, and possess a valid visa to select countries (mentioned below), now have the option of visa-free entry to Singapore for a stay of up to 4 days.

To be eligible for the visa-free transit, Indian passengers must have a valid onward air ticket for a flight departing Singapore within the next 96 hours, in addition to a valid visa or long-term pass to Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. For travelers on a return journey, this option can only be used on one leg of the trip. More details here.

Tourist Visa

Processing time: 1 – 5 days

Indian passport holders can apply for a Singapore tourist visa that allows a stay for a maximum period of 30 days with a validity of 2 years.

What are the Documents Required?

    • Download the form and complete it. The form is available here: Form 14A (original) .
    • Ensure that your passport is within a validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Singapore.
    • Two color photographs of size 35mm x 45mm, taken within six months, against a white background, on a contract costume, on a semi-matte finish, both the ears visible with 80% of the face.
    • A confirmed return air ticket with the tour itinerary. Note that the return ticket has to be back to India. We had an onward to ticket to Vietnam but it was not accepted. So we booked 2 refundable tickets to Chennai for visa purposes and canceled them as soon as our Singapore visa got approved.
    • A covering letter from the applicant mentioning the reason of travel and dates of travel addressed to ‘The Embassy of Singapore /The Consulate General of Singapore.
    • A leave letter/ NOC from the applicant’s company on the company letterhead
    • If you’re unemployed, then details of spouse/parent who can sponsor your trip.
    • We were also asked to give our marriage certificate.
    • If the applicant is residing on any other address than mentioned on the passport, then the residential proof copy should also be attached. Two government authorised address proofs with the same address need to be attached.
    • Income tax papers of last 3 years along with Bank statements of last 3 months. In our case, we did not need to submit the income tax statements, but it’s on the safe side to keep them ready anyway.
    • Confirmed bookings of your hotel in Singapore.
    • Additional documents as required by the consulate.

An important thing to note about the Singapore Visa for Indians is that you cannot apply by yourself. You have to approach one of the agencies recommended by the Singapore consulate. We used the services of Thomas Cook. I highly recommend their services, but you have to be a little assertive and go sit on their heads every other day as they are not responsive to phone calls on emails.

The other good option is VFS. Thomas Cook also sends the applications to VFS so depending on what is convenient to you in your city of residence. The Thomas Cook charges are INR 1800 (Singapore visa is 1440).

Conclusion

It was a slightly annoying process requiring a lot of documentation and booking to unnecessary return tickets when we knew we had no plans of returning to India and traveling the whole of southeast Asia. But traveling on an Indian passport is challenging to say the least and we are mentally prepared for all visa work. Challenge accepted!

What was your experience applying for a visa? Tell me in the comments below!

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Now that you’ve got the visa process out of the way, start planning your trip!