The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Requirements for Singapore Citizens
The visa requirements for Singapore citizens are administrative entry restrictions for Singapore passport holders established by the authorities of other countries.
Singapore’s passport is currently ranked 2nd in terms of visa freedom as declared by the Henley Passport Index due to the large number of countries that have visa exemption agreements with Singapore.
In addition to having visa-free access to all ASEAN nations, the Singapore passport is one of four passports that permits entry without the need to obtain a visa or by applying for an electronic authorization to the four largest economies in the world: the People’s Republic of China, India, the European Union, and the United States.
There are currently some 120 countries that permit Singaporeans visa-exempt access for certain purposes and varying short periods depending on the destination.
To cross the borders of most of these territories, it is normally necessary to present a Singaporean passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival. Some countries also require the passport to have between 1 to 2 blank pages to receive entry/exit stamps.
However, there are more than 95 countries that require citizens of Singapore to obtain a visa in advance of travel, either through a government office or through a simple online application. Additionally, 30 countries allow Singaporeans to obtain a visa on arrival.
Nationals of Singapore are permitted short stays in their destination with visas on arrival, electronic visas, or visa-free entry, for purposes of tourism, transit, or business.
To visit these countries for longer stays, citizens of Singapore are usually required to visit an embassy or consulate of the destination to apply for a travel document in person.
Learn more about visa requirements for Singapore passport holders in the boxes below.