Exercise normal precautions in Singapore.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Singapore:
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Singapore for information on U.S – Singapore relations.
To enter Singapore, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your intended stay. If you plan on regional travel beyond Singapore, make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to enter other countries in the region. You do not need a visa for tourist or business visits up to 90 days.
Visit the Embassy of Singapore website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Singapore. Foreign workers applying for an employment pass are required to undergo a medical screening for HIV/AIDS and a positive test will result in the rejection of a foreign worker’s application.
While Singapore is considered generally safe, extremist groups in Southeast Asia have launched attacks in neighboring countries. U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Singapore and neighboring countries should exercise caution and remain vigilant about their surroundings, particularly in areas where U.S. citizens and other Westerners live, work, congregate, shop, or visit.
Border Crossing: Several U.S. citizens have reported difficulties at the Johor Bahru Malaysian Immigration checkpoint when crossing the border into Malaysia from Singapore. You are advised to follow all entry directions, present your passports only to immigration officials, and be sure immigration officials stamp your passport with the correct date upon entering and exiting Malaysia. Lacking correct documentation or proof of entry into Malaysia may result in high fines and detention.
Messages regarding demonstrations and strikes, explosive devices/suspicious packages, and weather-related events are posted on the Embassy’s website.
Crime: The crime rate in Singapore is generally low. Even so, you should pay particular attention to personal belongings while in crowded shopping malls and markets, at the airport, and while traveling on public transportation. To avoid credit card fraud, do not carry multiple credit cards on your person, do not allow credit cards to be removed from your sight, avoid giving credit card information over the phone, and use only secure Internet connections for financial transactions.
Victims of Crime:
Report crimes in the case of an emergency to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at 6476-9100.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes committed in Singapore.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, imprisoned, or even caned.
In Singapore, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. You may wish to learn more about the following penalties for certain crimes in Singapore:
Singapore does not recognize dual nationality beyond the age of 21, and it strictly enforces universal national service for all male citizens and permanent residents. To determine if you will have a national service obligation, you should contact the Ministry of Defense.
Drunk and disorderly conduct is treated seriously, and can lead to a fine or being sent to prison. As of April 1, 2015, it is illegal to drink alcohol in a public place between 10:30 pm and 7:00 am. Geylang and Little India are designated as “Liquor Control Zones” where drinking in public places is prohibited all weekend, on public holidays, and the eve of public holidays. Under the Liquor Control Act, you could be fined up to SG$1,000 for consuming alcohol in a public place during prohibited hours.
Public Demonstrations: Public demonstrations are legal only at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park and most outdoor public assemblies require a police permit. Singapore amended its laws in April 2017 to forbid foreign nationals who are not permanent residents from observing permitted public demonstrations, assemblies, and processions at Speakers’ Corner. The law does not distinguish between participants and observers, so anyone at Speakers’ Corner could be considered part of an event. Penalties may be severe, including large fines and/or imprisonment.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: The Singapore Convention of Jehovah’s Witness and the Unification Church continue to be banned by the Singapore government All written materials published by the International Bible Students Association and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, publishing arms of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, remained banned by the government.
See our following webpages for additional Faith-based traveling details:
LGBTI Travelers: Singapore does not recognize same-sex unions. The Penal Code criminalizes any “act of gross indecency” between two men and prescribes a sentence not exceeding two years for those found guilty under this law. The Singaporean government has stated that it will not enforce this section of the Penal Code but it remains on the statute books. The government issues permits for open air events that openly champion LGBTI issues on a limited basis but new regulations restrict foreign involvement. LGBTI individuals may have difficulty gaining employment in certain sectors of the civil service.. The Ministry of Manpower does not issue dependent passes (work permits) to partners in lesbian and gay relationships, even if legally married in another country.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Singapore has established a comprehensive code of standards for barrier-free accessibility, including facilities for persons with physical disabilities, in all new buildings and has mandated the progressive upgrading of older structures. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is responsible for protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and implementing programs and services in the disability sector.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Good medical care is widely available in Singapore. Doctors and hospitals:
In certain circumstances, the Ministry of Health may access patient medical records without the consent of the patient, and in certain circumstances physicians may be required to report information relating to the diagnosis or treatment without the patient's consent.
Employment pass holders are subject to medical exams and may be denied or deported on medical grounds, including for HIV postitive infection. The Government of Singapore recently ceased requiring waivers for tourism and business travel for HIV positive travelers.
Mosquito-borne diseases: Dengue is active in Singapore and can be monitored at the Singapore National Environmental Agency. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a travel notice for Zika virus in Singapore and most neighboring countries are Zika endemic.
Haze: Air pollution from forest fires in neighboring countries occurs intermittently, usually between July and October. www.haze.gov.sg provides public updates on conditions.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. We cannot provide a letter of guarantee for payment.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Singapore to ensure the medication is legal in Singapore. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
You should be aware of the following health concerns in Singapore:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Singapore has a highly developed, well-maintained road and highway network. Be aware of motorcyclists, who often ignore lane markings.
The Automobile Association (AA) of Singapore provides roadside assistance, and the Land Transport Authority has rescue vehicles on the road at all hours. In addition, closed circuit cameras monitor all major roads.
Traffic Laws: Driving is done on the left-hand side of the road. Laws involving traffic rules, vehicle registration, and liability in case of accident are strictly enforced and may result in criminal penalties.
Public Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are abundant, inexpensive, and reliable. Bus stops and trains have panels indicating all routes and stops.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Singapore’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA safety assessment page.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
Singapore is not a party to the Hague Service Convention. In the absence of any prohibition against it, service of process in Singapore may be effected by mail, by agent, such as a local attorney, or through letters rogatory. Litigants may wish to consult an attorney in Singapore before pursuing a particular method of service of process, particularly if enforcement of a U.S. judgment is contemplated in the future.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
Singapore is a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters. The Singapore Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention designated to receive letters of request for the taking of evidence is the Supreme Court of Singapore. See the Hague Evidence Convention Model Letters of Request for guidance on preparation of the letter of request. Requests for the compulsion of evidence under the Hague Evidence Convention are transmitted directly from the requesting court or person in the United States to the Singapore Central Authority and do not require transmittal via diplomatic channels. Letters of Request and accompanying documents should be prepared in duplicate. See Singapore’s Declarations and Reservations regarding the Hague Evidence Convention. See also Singapore’s response to the 2008 Hague Conference questionnaire on the practical operation of the Hague Evidence Convention.
Requests from Singapore to Obtain Evidence in the United States: The U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is the Office of International Judicial Assistance, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1100 L St., N.W., Room 11006, Washington, D.C. 20530.
Singapore has excluded the application of Chapter II of the Hague Evidence Convention and therefore consular depositions or depositions conducted pursuant to a commission are not permitted.
Singapore is a party to the Hague Evidence Convention and has excluded the application of Chapter II of the Convention. Therefore, consular depositions or depositions conducted pursuant to a commission are not permitted. Depositions may be taken pursuant to letters of request submitted directly to the Singapore Central Authority for the Convention. Complete details and contact information may be found on the Hague Conference website.
Singapore is not a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Documents issued in the United States may be authenticated for use in Singapore by (a) contacting the U.S. Department of State Authentications Office and (b) then having the seal of the U.S. Department of State authenticated by the Embassy of Singapore in Washington, D.C. Documents issued in U.S. states must first be authenticated by the designated state authority, generally the state Secretary of State.
Singapore and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since May 1, 2012.
For information concerning travel to Singapore, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Singapore.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children's Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Singapore. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
The Singapore Central Authority for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). The MSF will facilitate locating the child and requesting a voluntary return. When necessary, the MSF will also facilitate the care and protection of the child through a referral to the Child Protection Service (CPS) during the Hague proceedings. The MSF can be reached at:
Rehabilitation, Protection and Residential Services Headquarters, Programme Branch
Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)
512 Thomson Road 0800 MSF Building
Telephone: (65) 63547645/63547646
Fax : (65) 63541514
Website: Singapore Central Authority
To initiate a Hague case for return of a child in Singapore, the left-behind parent may choose to submit a Hague application to the MSF, either through the USCA or directly. After review by the MSF, the left-behind parent or a privately-retained attorney must file the Hague application with the Singapore Family Court via the Electronic Filing System (EFS) in order to begin the Hague proceedings. The MSF does not forward Hague applications to the Singapore Family Court. A left-behind parent may also elect to file the Hague application directly with the Singapore Family Court, without contacting the USCA or the MSF.
More information on EFS is available at: Singapore Judiciary's Electronic Filiing System
The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the MSF, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the United States or the MSF. If the applicant parent hires an attorney, attorney fees are the responsibility of the applicant parent. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Singapore. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Singapore. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
Mediation services for custody disputes are available through a non-profit organization, the Singapore Mediation Centre, and the Subordinate Court of Singapore, Family Court, Child Focus Resolution Centre. More detailed information, including any fees, is available at: Singapore Mediation Centre and State Courts.
Mediation services for custody disputes are available through a non-profit organization, the Singapore Mediation Centre, and the Subordinate Court of Singapore, Family Court, Child Focus Resolution Centre. More detailed information, including any fees, is available at: Singapore MediationCentre and State Courts.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available. Obtained from the Registry of Births and Deaths at 10 Kallang Road, ICA Building, Singapore 208718, phone number 65-6391-6100. For further information, please check http://www.ica.gov.sg.
Available. Obtained from the Registrar, Registry of Marriage at 7 Canning Rise, Singapore 179869, phone number 65-6338-9987/65-6338-7808. For further information, please see http://www.romm.gov.sg.
Available. For further information, please see http://www.supcourt.gov.sg.
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Fees: Processing fee is S$55.00 per application. Payment can be made by credit cards (VISA/MASTERCARD) or internet banking. In addition to the processing fee, a postage fee of S$5.00 must be included in the payment (total S$60.00) if the COC is to be mailed. Payment is non- refundable once the application is accepted.
Document Name: Certificate of Clearance
Issuing Authority: Singapore Police Force
Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A
Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A
Registration Criteria: All applicants must complete an online application on the Singapore Police Force eServices website and submit the application with the necessary supporting documents:
Procedure for Obtaining:
For all applicants, a form letter from the requesting/processing office (NVC, KCC, Embassy, employer etc.) is required to obtain a Certificate of Clearance (COC). Such letter should specify the need for the clearance and state explicitly that "a statutory declaration of no criminal conviction by the applicant is not acceptable as evidence that he/she does not have criminal convictions". The COC will be sent directly to the requesting/processing office.
Applicants should apply for the Certificate of Clearance online via the Singapore Police Force eServices website at: http://www.police.gov.sg/e-services/apply/certificate-of-clearance. Applicants will also be able to make payment and book for fingerprinting appointment through the eService website.
Processing time for each application is between 10 to 15 working days.
Certified Copies Available: N/A
Alternate Documents: N/A
Exceptions: The police records for Singapore may be considered complete from their origins to the present, except for the "occupation" period during World War II.
Non-Singapore citizens requesting a Certificate of Clearance must also submit a copy of this letter after adding the names of the principal and dependent applicants as indicated, along with the checklist letter from NVC.
Please refer to http://www.police.gov.sg/e-services/apply/certificate-of-clearance for further information and updates on Certificate of Clearance from Singapore.
Available. Obrtained from the Director of Prisons, Prison Headquarters at 407 Upper Changi Road North 20 Km, phone number 65-6546-9359. For further information, please check http://www.sps.gov.sg/.
Available. All male Singaporeans or male permanent residents of Singapore who have served in the military should have a 'Certificate of Conduct' or 'Certificate of Service.' This certificate is obtained from the branch in which the applicant served. Please check the Ministry of Defence's website http://www.mindef.gov.sg for links to the Army/Navy/Air force. You may also contact the Army at 65-6373-3238, Navy at 65-6373-1239, or Air force at 65-6768-3040 for assistance.
Note: An administrative fee is usually charged to obtain most documents. Applicants should check directly with the issuing authority for the latest information on fees.
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FPO AP 96507
27 Napier Road
Tel: (65) 6476-9100 (65) 6476-9100 - After hour emergencies.
Fax: (Consular) (65) 6476-9232
All visa categories for all of Singapore.