Singapore Passport

$3,000.00

Visa requirements

Visa requirements for Singaporean citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states which are placed on citizens of Singapore. As of 2 July 2019, Singaporean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 countries and territories, ranking the Singapore passport the most powerful in the world and in Asia (tied with the Japanese passport), as well as the most highly-ranked passport in Southeast Asia in terms of travel freedom, according to the Henley Passport Index.

As of August 2018, the passports of Singapore, Brunei, Japan and San Marino are the only ones to allow either visa-free entry or Electronic Travel Authorization to the world’s four largest economies, namely China, India, the European Union and the United States. Singapore is also currently the only developed country in the world whose citizens can enter Cuba without a tourist card or a per-arranged visa, as of March 2019

Issued by: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore
Eligibility requirements: Singaporean citizenship
Expiration: 5 years after acquisition
Purpose: Identification

Description

Singapore passport

The Singapore passport is a travel document and passport issued to citizens and nationals of the Republic of Singapore. It enables the bearer to exit and re-enter Singapore freely; travel to and from other countries in accordance with visa requirements; facilitates the process of securing assistance from Singaporean consular officials abroad, if necessary; and requests protection for the bearer while abroad.

All Singaporean passports are issued exclusively by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. Only Singaporean citizens can apply for this passport. They are normally valid for five years. The Singapore passport is ranked 1st as the most powerful passport in the world with visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 countries and territories, in conjunction with the passport of Japan.

Singapore’s passport is a favorite target for counterfeiters due to its relatively liberal visa requirements for Singaporean travelers and the tendency for immigration to clear Singaporean passport holders more quickly. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority has thus adopted several measures to foil forgers, including adding digital photos and special ink since October 1999, and converting to a bio-metric passport from August 2006.

Validity

The Singaporean passport is valid for a period of five years for passports issued since 1 April 2005 and ten years for passports issued before said date. Before biometric passports were issued in August 2006, passports for male citizens between 11 and 18 were only valid for two years, and had to be renewed or replaced every two years. Biometric passports cannot be modified due to the “write once” policy by ICAO. A new passport is valid for a total period of five years. For the renewal of a passport that has a validity of nine months or less, the new one will have a validity of five years plus the remaining validity in the old passport. However, if a passport is being renewed with a validity of more than nine months, it will be valid for five years and nine months. To travel overseas, a passport must be valid for at least six months.

Bio-metric passport

Since 15 August 2006, all newly issued Singaporean passports contain bio-metric features (BioPass). A major reason for this addition is to comply with the requirements for the US Visa Waiver Program. The features also help to prevent forgery and minimise the abuse of Singaporean passports. The biometric passports contain 64 pages, unlike the machine readable passports, which contain 96 pages. It costs S$80 for a passport, with the higher cost due to the special features encoded into the passport. There is a ten-dollar rebate if one applies for the passport on the Internet, by post or by deposit box with applicants having to collect the passport personally.

The biometric passport is valid for 5 years for first time applicants, compared with 10 years for previously issued passports without biometric features. Also, the new passport does not accept modifications such as extensions of validity, and updating of photographs due to ICAO’s “write once” policy. In a break from long standing practice, the passport number is now unique to each passport, instead of being identical to the holder’s NRIC number. Children are no longer allowed to travel on their parents’ passports. The bio-metric passport project cost the Singaporean government a total of S$9.7 million.

A new Singapore bio-metric passport design was introduced on 26 October 2017. It features a redesigned front cover as well as several new security features such as a Multiple Laser Image (MLI) in the shape of Singapore Island and a window lock of the image of the passport holder which can be viewed as a positive or negative image when tilted and viewed under a light source. New visa page designs, featuring the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Esplanade, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Sports Hub and Punggol New Town were also introduced in the new bio metric passport, replacing the previous Central Business District and Esplanade visa page designs.
Physical appearance

Front cover

Singaporean passports are bright red in colour, with the words “REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE” inscribed at the top of the front cover, and the coat of arms of Singapore emblazoned in the centre of the front cover. The motto and the title of the national anthem of Singapore, Majulah Singapura, is inscribed on the scroll of the coat of arms, whilst the word “PASSPORT” is inscribed below. The bio-metric passport symbol EPassport logo.svg appears at the bottom of the front cover under the word “PASSPORT”.

Passport note

The passport contains a note from the President of Singapore addressing the authorities of all territories:
“ The President of the Republic of Singapore requests all authorities to allow the Singapore citizen named in this passport to pass without delay or hindrance and, if necessary, to give all assistance and protection. ”

Information page

Singaporean passports include the following data on the plastic information page:

(left) Photo of the passport bearer
Type (PA – bio-metric passport)
Code of issuing state (SGP)
Passport number
Name
Sex (Gender)
Nationality (Singapore Citizen)
Date of birth
Place of birth
Date of issue
Date of expiry
Modifications
Authority
National ID number

The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.

Visa requirements

Visa requirements for Singaporean citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states which are placed on citizens of Singapore. As of 2 July 2019, Singaporean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 countries and territories, ranking the Singapore passport the most powerful in the world and in Asia (tied with the Japanese passport), as well as the most highly-ranked passport in Southeast Asia in terms of travel freedom, according to the Henley Passport Index.

As of August 2018, the passports of Singapore, Brunei, Japan and San Marino are the only ones to allow either visa-free entry or Electronic Travel Authorization to the world’s four largest economies, namely China, India, the European Union and the United States. Singapore is also currently the only developed country in the world whose citizens can enter Cuba without a tourist card or a per-arranged visa, as of March 2019

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is strictly prohibited by the Singapore government. A dual citizen may have acquired citizenship by birth in a foreign country, by descent from a foreign citizen parent, or by registration. Singapore citizens who voluntarily and intentionally acquire citizenship of a foreign country after the age of 18 may be deprived of their Singapore citizenship by the Government. Foreigners who naturalize as Singaporean citizens are required to renounce all foreign citizenship. Persons who are born outside of Singapore and have at least one parent who is a Singapore citizen may register with a Singapore consulate within a year to acquire Singapore citizenship by descent. However, such persons who acquire foreign citizenship (by birth in a jus soli country or naturalization in another country at an early age) must choose one citizenship before reaching 22 years of age.

 

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