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Traveling to Singapore: Things to Know About Immigration

Updated on May 09, 2016

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Singapore Immigration: What Not To Do
Singapore Immigration: What Not To Do

Who Needs a Visa to Enter Singapore?

Most nationals do not require visas to enter Singapore, but if you come from Asian countries other than Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, then you will need a visa. As for the rest, you can check with Singapore's immmigration website.

Below, you'll find:

1. The story of my own immigration nightmare in Singapore, and

2. Tips of what to do (and what not to do) when traveling to Singapore.

How Singapore Immigration Can be a Nightmare

When I first arrived in Singapore to visit my Spanish girlfriend, I didn't have much trouble with the immigration officers except that they called her to verify. I was given a 30 day stay period.

Two days later, I crossed over into Malaysia for an eight day holiday with my lover, after which I went back to Singapore and, again, given a 30 day stay.

I spent the next couple of days trying to get a job in Singapore. I applied and spoke to fellow expats who had come into the country under circumstances similar to mine. One British woman advised me that if I left the country for Malaysia again and returned the same day, I would be given another 30 days. Unfortunately I took this advice and, seven days later, I left Singapore for Malaysia. This time, I was alone.

Upon arrival at the Malaysian border, I was denied entry because apparently, the immigration officers are well aware of this trend of coming for a day and returning. I was sent back to Singapore where suddenly their reception towards me changed. I was now a rogue migrant.

I was taken to an office where I awaited my turn to be interviewed. There were other nationals (mainly from Asian countries) waiting with me. At this point, I was in tears, as I could not phone my lover and tell her what had happened. I knew I was probably going to be detained, driven straight to the airport, and sent home, without her knowing!

After they asked me a couple of questions, I had my fingerprints taken and was given seven days on my passport, during which time I was told to sort out my ticket and leave the country. It was a temporary relief and the moment I walked back into the country, I lit my long-awaited cigarette.

Two days later, I went to the Immigration Head office—this time with my girlfriend—to try to get some form of extension. A woman at the counter told us that I had to leave the country for at least five days before coming back so that evening, I booked a flight to Indonesia, the closet country (since I couldn't go to Malaysia again).

I flew to Jakarta, Indonesia, where I spent nine days before flying back to Singapore. Before taking off from Jakarta, the airline staff spent quite sometime scrutinizing my home-bound air ticket, after which I was allowed to board.

When I arrived in Singapore, my ordeal really began. The officers at terminal three went through my passport twice and referred me to their superintendents. After many questions, I was told that I wouldn't be allowed into Singapore! The officer told me that I would be sent back to Indonesia and it was up to the Indonesian authorities to deal with my case. I pleaded with the senior officer, but he didn't bulge, not even a bit.

I was escorted by airport guards to a detention room where I pleaded to be allowed to at least call my girlfriend. They agreed at the risk of losing their jobs. There was enough time to tell my girl (who had been awake the whole night waiting for me): We sobbed together over the phone, after which I was taken to a facility. I had no appetite to even try the Chinese food they served me.

The following day, I was sent back to Indonesia where, surprisingly, I found my girlfriend waiting for me in the transit area. You can only imagine how we both felt. After hugging and kissing we tried negotiating with the Indonesian authorities to allow me entry for two days before I flew off to my home country. We offered them $300, but they didn't budge.

Since my girlfriend held a Spanish passport, she was allowed into the country, but I was held in the airport's detention room. By then, I had lost all hope for myself and just wanted to be back home with my family who were also worried.

My girlfriend came back the following day after having sorted all my flight arrangements to return home. She kissed me goodbye as she was returning to Singapore and flying off to Spain for her Christmas holiday. It was such an emotional goodbye that even the guards allowed me out temporarily.

Four days later, I left Jakarta to fly back to Singapore. As my flight was departing, I was told not to attempt entering Singapore as it would cause more trouble. A hotel had been booked for me in the transit area and I spent 48 hours there before flying back home. I even had the chance to see the bastard officer who denied me entry even after the CEO from my girlfriend's company called him to plead on my behalf.

Tips to Help You Avoid an Immigration Nightmare in Singapore

Don't Try To Leave and Return. To all those who plan on migrating to Singapore, it's better to use their eExtension facility or visit the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority's headquarters than trying to leave the country and returning. This may work if you hold a US or EU passport, but there is no guarantee that you will be able to enter again.

Get a Job in Singapore. If you have a good command of English, you can easily get yourself a job. Jobs are not really difficult to come by. Singapore is in dire need of foreign manpower, and many immigration problems can be avoided if you are employed there.

I have since sorted my immigration issues and I now live in Singapore.


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    • BostonMan 2 days ago

      I'll skip my planned visit to Singapore, I dont believe in being fingerprinted and tracked like an animal.

    • VNCH 4 days ago

      moral of story : don't stay illegaly. You reached Singapore on the purpose on visit but actually you look for jobs and would extend in every end of 30 days, that's unacceptable

    • lyn 9 days ago

      hi terry, i plan to go home in the Philippines on February for 5 days but my work permit will expire on march 25. will there be a problem if i come back Singapore because my permit nearly expire?will they allow me enter Singapore?

      thankyou for helping me out

    • April 9 days ago

      Dear Terry,

      I would like to seek for help. I worked in Singapore last Aug 3, 2016 up to Nov 20, 2016., due to some personal reason I was terminated and they gave me a tourist pass which mean 30 days. I went back home, in the Philippines last Dec 8. Now, I am planning to go back in Singapore for my job interview together with my 2 friends. Do you think I'll have some problems with this? I have a Singaporean boyfriend and relatives who's working in Singapore, can they help me out? I'm looking forward for you reply. I want to be enlighten with my situation. Feel free to respond on my email, eyncar@gmail.com

    • Mark 3 weeks ago


      I am going to SG for a 4 day vacation this coming April 2017. I have a confirmed return booking from tigerair from april 15 to april 19. My plan is to stay in SG for 2 days and then enter Malaysia to visit my aunt and stay there for 2 days. On the fourth day I will need to re enter SG to catch my flight going back to Manila. My question is, would there be any problem to re enter SG to catch my flight going back to Manila?

    • Jason Lim 3 weeks ago

      Hi terry. This post is very long ago. But i recently experience the same thing with my girlfriend. I am a local singapore, my girlfriend is an indonesian. She stayed in singapore residing at my house for 3-4weeks trying to interview for jobs but couldn't find one so she went back to indonesia. And after that, everytime she try to enter singapore she will be interviewed and only granted a night stay in sg. If u are still following this post, plz advise how could we solve this problem?

    • Sadasivan 2 months ago

      Hi Terry,

      Myself and my wife are doctors working in India. We have both been offered fellowships is NUH AND SGH in anesthesia and Pain management, course lasting for 1 year. But they will issue us training employment pass. We have a 3 year old daughter whom we can't leave behind in India and have to take with us to Singapore. We can't take a dependent with us on training employment pass. What are the options available for us for taking our daughter. Kindly advise. Should we apply for a visitors pass for her and ask for extension or should we get a Singapore citizen known to us to apply for her

    • selvakumar 2 months ago

      Hi sir,

      I am an Indian , I have came through visit visa to Singapore in august month 2016 when i was depot to India by Singapore immigration officers from the Changi airport because they said i keep my educational certificates in my phone . Actually i have some queries about am i come to Singapore again through s pass ? and How to solve this problems?

      Please give a solution.

      This is my email id selvakumar26891@gmail.com

    • Lyn 2 months ago

      Hi i am in singapore staying for 28 days with my brother to watch over my 10 month old niece. Will go back to philippines but after a week i will go back to singapore again. Will i be denied entry?

    • dave 3 months ago

      when applying for a epass do we need to check have been refused?

    • bradz 3 months ago

      hello terry just wanna ask if I can come back to SG this December 2016 for a social visit with my family since last 2014, me and my boyfriend (but now husband) were barred from entering SG and was put to interrogation like you and had our finger prints taken because we tried to exit in JB.. Is it ok to come back now after 2yrs? thank you terry... please have your reply at my email ad @ pokecute_angel@yahoo.com

    • Bien 4 months ago

      Hi Terry,

      I have a cousin whose S-pass was just cancelled, he was given the 30-day period Visit Pass which already expired last 14 September. He has an interview on the 26th for a new job.. He wants to come back in Singapore on the 24th.. I know this will surely raise an eyebrow with the immigration officers, but is there a slight chance he might get pass this? He will be visiting with my Mom who will be taking a holiday with me..

    • sab 4 months ago

      Hi terry,

      actually, I was barred to re enter SG. does it mean I will be barred forever? if not, can I come visit a friend after 6 months? email add is sabsimbulan@yahoo.com

    • MaYum 4 months ago

      Hi. I just need some information or advises to avoid the nightmare passing by the immigration. I am holding a Philippine passport. Now, I've been in Singapore last May this year 2016 and stayed to my boyfriend for 3n4d . Then By mid of September I'll be flying again for same days. Is there any possibility they will hold me due to my last visit? how many months the interval of visiting Singapore? Your response to my email at lorynosmil@gmail.com is highly appreciated. Thank you in advance. God Bless!

    • BLITZ 5 months ago

      hi terry i hope you can help me, i am holding a philippine passport, i stayed in singapore for 30 days as a tourist (social visit pass) last july 16,2016 and went back to manila last aug 13,2016. i was hired during that time and my s pass was still on process but i need to exit singapore because my visit pass was about to expired. i was planning to come back on sept 13, 2016 as a tourist. will there be a problem in the immifration of singapore? thank you

    • Hemant 6 months ago

      I'm from India. I visited Singapore in May 2014 on tourist visa and planning to visit Singapore next month July 2016 to meet my french friend who works for Orange Telecom in Singapore. I have travel Insurance, Return Flight Ticket and sufficient funds and my current employer NOC documents. My plan is to stay at my friends place in Singapore. Do I have to provide any document for it or I can simply provide his address and phone number while applying for VISA. Is their any problem from Singapore Immigration on this?

    • Duke 7 months ago

      I'm married to a singaporean woman, and I've been staying in Singapore for 3mths now, I will be going back to my country for a month. And the process for my Long term visit pass is still processing. Will there be any issue for me at the immigration counter at Singapore when I return?

    • Lunapepe 7 months ago

      I need your help, Terryzade.

      I have actually emailed you (I saw your email from one post long time ago) but I am afraid that you might stopped using that email already so I decided to write you here.

      My story is the same as yours. I was wondering how did you sort out the problem with immigration in order to get EP pass and live in Singapore. How long does it take? If it does not bother you too much, can you email me at latheo1985@gmail.com or you can answer me here which ever is convenient for you.

      I would really appreciate your answer and looking forward to it

      Thank you


    • mary 8 months ago

      hi terry i was denied last feb 25, 2016 to visit SG. But now have an invitation letter from a singaporean friend to enter SG for 10 days. do you think they will allow me this time ?

    • Leizl 9 months ago

      After how long you returned to singapore after being refused entry? What visa you've got when you enter singapore again?

      I got denied entry last December 2015; And planning to study in singapore. I am just wondering if it is possible to get a student visa despite of having a A to A record of immigration.

    • Rose 10 months ago

      Hi.. Terry.. just yesterday my fiance's passport have prohibited from entering singapore. He us a malaysiab awhile i m sporean. He has been working in singapore for 5yrs. His eurasian boss and himself had a dispute. Until a small fight broke out. The boss used vuglarities untill my fiance punch him. This lead to a small case in police. However the mom and the police told him,it wasnt his fault. That he had to pay his medical fees. He did paid yesterday as his HR from his company told him to pay urgently and that he needs to renew his work pass permit. However,as he waited for very long hours in the mom. They told him that his passport was chopped and prohibited from entering spore. Now both of us was so upset. Cz we were preparing to get married in spore. Now, i don't know whether he can apply again to work here in spore or marry me too. The mom told him that they enlisted him cz he hit the eurasian boss. Cz the eurasian boss used vugluarties and refuse to pay his ot money as well. We can't even spend time. He had to work on sat and sun. He torture him terribly. Can u pls help me hoe shall i help my fiance to get a job in singapore and marry me here? I m totally at lost now... it wasnt my fiance's fault. His boss insinate him into fight with vugularties. But i m surprise why the mom never take action on the boss who use bad words on my fiance. How i can help my fiance now?? Pls email me.


      thanks Terry...

      would need your suggestions...on what i can do?

      Cz he only went to renewal his work permit with his HR. Suddenly they do this after he paid the full amt to the hospital for the boss.

      I don't what movtives does the boss have. The boss was prohibited from entering spore as well after he use vulguarlities. Pls help me...

    • Jenny 10 months ago

      Hi Terry, we are on the same boat. However after that incident, I came to SG again and they allowed me to enter although everytime the officer incharged always brought me to interview and being assessed. Recently, I had a job offer from one of Sg company. They helped me apply for an S-Pass. However, my S-Pass was rejected because of the declaration of refusal entry I had made (this is what my HR told me) . Then until now, they still helped me appeal for my rejected S-Pass . But next month, I have a graduation ceremony to attend, which is very important to me. I am very worried and scared if they won't allow me to enter sg because of my pending S-Pass appeal process. I have emailed ICA and they advised me to apply for entry visa in which I need a sponsor to fill up the form. I am scared if I did, my entry visa letter will be rejected and that's mean that I couldn't enter Sg for next month graduation. I was thinking whether it is better that I don't seek for entry approval and just fly to Sg and explain to the officer in charged that the purpose of me coming is for graduation purpose though I have a pending S-Pass appeal. I am worried that if I apply for the entry visa, then if rejected, I cannot come to sg for my graduation. I am pretty confused too what I should do. I need your advise. Thanks !

    • Kyaw 13 months ago

      Hi All,

      Please give me advice , i had refused to entry by SG immigration last June 2015 . It has been already 6 month . I had lived in Singapore for four year working as a IT programmer . I left my job last may 2015 and return back to my own country. Three week later, i had decided to go back to sg . Then refused to entry by Sg immigration last june 2015 . When i arrived back to my country , I got a job from Sg , then agent helped me to applied EP . Unfortunately got rejected by MOM with no reason ( said they have reverse record about me ) . I think it is related to refused entry by immigration . But i am not sure they don't give exact reasons . Please give me advice how to solve this problem . Could i have chance to get EP again . Could i entry to Singapore with e-visa since it has been already 6 months ? . Thanks please help . I am a Myanmar citizen .

    • vietnam-is-shit 13 months ago

      Are you a vietnamese?All vietnamese got problems entering Singapore because many vietnamese came to Singapore to commit offences over the past 15yrs.

    • Fei 17 months ago

      @ 7000island

      Were you able to go back to Singapore after going to Singapore Embassy here in Phils.? And do you still need to tick the box of being denied entry? Experienced that also of being denied entry last 29th of April '15, but I wanna know how long should I wait to re-enter Sg again. I just wanna visit my boyfriend for 2 weeks on January. I hope I can get a reply. Thanks!

    • Fei 19 months ago

      Hi Terry!

      Good day! I would like to ask how to long do I have to wait to enter S'pore again? Last 29th of April, IO refused my entry in their country. The scenario is I was in S'pore already for about a month before I went to Indonesia and stayed there for about a week. But prior booking a flight to Indonesia, my sister planned to extend my stay and she most likely failed because of incomplete details she inputed in my application. The day after that incident, I went to Indonesia. Several days past, going back to Sg turn out not so well. They questioned me why did I file an extension, then I explained what happen but IO being unpolite didn't let me pass. And so now my boyfriend and I were planning to go to S'pore for an anniversary celebration in August. But, I'm hesitant that I might be refused to enter again. So, my question is already raised at first part of my message. Hoping to get a reply. Thanks.

    • Correy Smith 20 months ago

      Oh, I remember having to go through the same experience as the author. It happened a couple months ago while I was applying for a student visa here in the U.S. to go travel to England for college. Unfortunately, the student visa was cancelled so what I did next was to get in contact with a student visa cancellation specialist to see what went wrong. Luckily the issue was fixed but it would take another three weeks to get the process started once again. http://www.immigrationsolutions.com.au/services/vi...

    • Rita 20 months ago

      Hi All, I have a different case than the ones mentioned above. I had been rejected entry to US and my visa was cancelled by US immigration in 2010. This year, 2015, I want to travel Singapore as my husband would be there for 3 weeks for business purpose. I am planning to go there to visit the places for 2,3 days. There is a question in Visa form if i had ever been refused entry to any country? I cant mark No as my passport has that evidence (my US visa getting cancelled). If i mark yes, what's my chance of getting S'pore visa stamped?

    • Jullian 20 months ago

      Hi Terry, Can I ask something... Im a Philippine Passport holder and went to Indonesia for 90 days and since I can only stay for 30days I need to leave. I have aticket to SG and I will come back the same day to Indonesia so I can have another 30days stay again in Indo, would the Sg allow me or they might ask me about it? But I am only for vacation because my Family lives in Indonesia and since it is my summer vacation, I want to stay with them until June. Im in Indonesia rn since April. Pls reply. Thankyou!

    • kamalpreet 21 months ago

      Hello terry

      I am indian resident and i visited singapore last december but the immigration officer send me back to india from changhi airport.because i carry my educational documents.they give the reason that i want to do work there.now if i apply any pass i can get entry to singapore again or not?

    • bryan 22 months ago

      Hi! I did an exit to Malaysia yesterday and on that same day tried to enter Singapore again but I was hold by the immigration because the return ticket that I got is not confirmed. Then I told them the truth and I was sent back to Malaysia with my passport stamp NTL by SINGAPORE, now have a new confirmed return ticket with me booked by a friend thru a credit card. Would they allow me to enter Singapore again this time if I try to go back tomorrow? Need your answer as soon as possible. Thanks and More Power.

    • Evan 22 months ago

      I got a similarity treatment from Singapore immigration on march 2015,I'm a successful businessman from Nigeria with widely experience,i have traveled a lot of counties for business and holidays but i have never experience such unfortunate scenarios.

      I travel from Nigerian to Indonesia for a business trip as usual and i have Indonesia multiple valid visa of 1year called business visa after completing my business transaction i decide to buy some second handed PC for my offices uses and my colleague whom equally demanded for some,i then flue to Malaysia thinking it may be more cheaper there unfortunately my thinking was extremely wrong after 2days spent i went back to Indonesia and contact my business associate in Indonesia whom in return advise me to go to Singapore that its cheaper with good quality.

      i have know option then to proceed for visa instead of going back to Nigerian first then i was giving e-visa to Singapore i bought my two ways ticket and was advise to make a hotel reservation for two days,i select one of 3stars hotels in Singapore since it was my first time going there and i have enough money for my two days which intended to stay.

      I arrived at Singapore for the first time, It really started as comedians story,i was taken to a room where i saw a group of people and i was told to wait for about 5minuts a man came and call me for interview,first question...what are you doing for living...i respond business....for how long you're into business....15yrs... are you married Yes....what are you coming to Singapore for,My purpose of coming is to compare the prizes of PC if cheaper possibly i have know option rather to buy it here... how much do you have here can i see the cash.....I showed him......I said to him its not covenant for me to carry a big cash because i have bad experience before,It is ridiculous for Singapore immigration keep asking a suspicions and distrust question despite he saw evidence that i have know intention to stay more then 2days in his country,,,,another question where do you want to buy the PC in Singapore and what brand.....i have know choice of brand am looking for nice type of PC with quality however i will make an require from the hotel if the don't have business guild in the room....do you know anybody in Singapore....i don't know anybody and its not necessary i must know somebody before coming to Singapore since am financial ok include my hotel reservation just to stay only 2days and do business and go back....final question..what's your company name and address include home address ....i gave to him.....if i check the address and find it was wrong i will deport you back..... address i gave to him there was a wrong spelling which course it difficult to find instead of immigration to notify me for immediate correction but the failed and deport me back without known the reason,after all said done an immigration woman came back to me again and ask if i knew somebody in Singapore..i repeated again i know nobody,,, In a decent society, nobody takes the views of people like.

      Singapore immigration must be fairness in asking question especially we blacks that came from third world countries,we are underdeveloped country therefore don't expect us to have all your basic requirements before allowing us to enter.

      I was finally deported to Indonesia where i face psychological trauma from Indonesia immigration the most ugly experience i have ever hard in my life,Indonesia immigration refuse me to enter unless i paid $1300us despite i have one year Indonesia visa which allow me to stay Indonesia for a period months,i was denies detain at the airport until the next day when i called my company spouse until i paid $1300us and stamp me inn...Indonesia immigration is one of the most cock and corrupt institute in the world. Mr Terry can i got clue when can i enter Singapore again what did i need to do just for business nothing else

    • 7000island 2 years ago

      Hi terry,

      I got deported from Sg 6months ago I'm from Philippines after asking me if I have show money and after showing them I have only pesos and told them I have ATM cards they sent me to office for questioning.what I'm doing..why I was there for 2 months before..and I said because I spent some time with my bf and I have friends in Sg who are resident as well so I spent some time with them..it was summer so i decided to stay for vacation..then ask me again how much is your money now I showed I only have pesos coz I wasn't really bothered before I flew there coz I usually just use my.bank card and change money whenever I get to Sg..but no....after questioning for no reason they told me they will send me back to Manila..and I'm shocked I was like why..I have been coming there for years I never stayed long actually just last summer coz most of my friends living in Singapore now so after spending time with my bf I stayed with my friend..my bf was aware and even encourage me have my summer vacation with friends specially I will no have time this year coz I will be studying..so story short stayed for 2 months fly back after 2 weeks to meet my bf before my school starts but got deported...we were both upset and confused why what's going on.u know the feeling when u really want to see ur love and be with them and just hug them so tight but u couldn't???its worst feeling.. He was there waiting for me worried..I was on tears..I was scared and terrified I just want him to be next to me coz I got no clue why it's happening to us..what have I done?why they won't let me even call him..u know that feeling

      They said try come back in 2 months I asked why, one guy said it's election that's why very strict ,,,but I didn't coz I started studying here in Manila but now I'm on a semestral break..after 6months I decided to go on holiday in hk then Sg to meet my bf before school sem starts. I decided to fly earlier to Sg with my brother to watch my brothers friend beauty contest ...so here it is...After hk I flew back to Manila stayed here for a week to sort my school then flew to Sg with my brother Friday night ,,i was gonna watch my brother's friend beauty pageant and Monday pick up my bf at the airport and go straight to marina bay and spend some time.we have a booking at marina under our names.. it's our 8months anniversary

      Landed at Sg airport my brother got in and her friend but they had me stayed in the room even for hours.the senior officer just don't want to listen to me..he ask me why I was there in May and what happened .i told him I was gonna come meet my bf but for no reason they deported me back.he asked what I'm gonna do there now I said I'm going for holiday with my brother and watch my brothers friend contest and didn't mention I'm going to see my bf..and he asked only 3 days and I said yes.. Do u have money how much so I told him I have Singapore dollars which is 1000sgd and 35kpesos which is also 1ksgd..he was like 2k pesos??!!i said no i have a total of 2ksgd and showed him then he said u go in the room go go inside..then I was like my brother is there they don't believe me my brother even waved coz he was waiting for me..then the senior officer came into the room and said u cannot come in u cannot come in..I was like sir why.no u cannot come in..I told them can I call my brother I'm with him..and they were like,,, real brother or friend I said re brother yes..and they said he left he left.. I just want to cry that's the second time..what have I done now??then one nice police woman was surprised when she saw me in the waiting room before flight..she was like a bit annoyed like why I'm there again??u go to embassy of Singapore in ur country..u clear ur name coz they will just keep sending u in this room if u don't clear ur name and ask why ..I am thankful at least not losing hope..my bf knows what happened thank god he is not yet there..so tomorrow I will go to the embassy and file an appeal..and clear my name..terry is it gonna work u think??am I able to fly back tomorrow and be with my bf?did u go to their embassy in your country ..what do I need?pls pls help thanks...

    • yuki 2 years ago

      Hi terry

      Its me again. I stay in sg for 60days. My first 30days I exit to jb day tour and when I get vback I got another 30days. in my 60days I exit to vietnam for 5days. And when I get back this oct10, at 1am they never let me enter sg until I sent back to philippines instead of back to vietnam because I choose philippines and they let me pay another ricket of tigerair. Beforehand they gave me paper thats telling being ineligible for the issue of a pass under current of immigration policies. My fiancé already plan the trip amonth ago that we were meeting in sg oct 24. We reserve hotel paid already. We have flight to thailand on oct28 and back to sg again on nov1. But im worried if I can still go back to sg after what happened to me?

    • yuki 2 years ago

      Hi I experience being sent back to philippines. I came from sg and fly to vietnam. I stayed there for 5days and when I get back to sg at 12am of oct 10. Immigration did stop me and detained me then let me pay for another ticket tigerair even I shoeed them I had my return ticket on oct15. They terminate my ticket and let me buy anither tigerair ticket. Then detained me in their room after waited for 4hrs in office for interview. I was in their room from 6am up to 5pm coz my flight is 5:30pm. Now my question is, my ffiance did book a flight to sg coming from switzerland and hotel on oct24 then our ticket to thailand on oct28. But since I was sent bavk to philippines instead of vietnam I did book my ticket back to sg the same date oct24 to see him. Also we did book a concert to watch on oct24. I know they took my fingerprint and copy of ny passport. But is it possible for me to enter sg even incident is just happened in 2weeks ago? I already book my roundtrip ticket. We have hotel oalready and flight to thailand. Pls answer me or in my email hannahmilelylavado@ymail.com

    • Dinesh 2 years ago

      Dear Terry,

      I have followed your blog from quite some time and I seek your help in answering my query.

      I have a S pass which is valid for 1 yr from now. My wife however came to SG on a tourist visa (two year multiple entry visa) for 30 day which I got extended to 60 days. She has returned to India yesterday on 60th day of her stay.

      My question is 'can my wife return to Singapore after staying in India for 15 day ? Will she be denied entry?

    • Benn 2 years ago

      Hi all,

      I just want to know if it is easy to work in Singapore? I'm planning to apply there. I'm a professional and i have a 2 years experience here in the Philippines. I'm a filipina and I booked a two way ticket for 5 days. I hope i can get any advise from you guys re employment, and why there are some foreigners got rejected by Ministry of Manpower? Thanks

    • sloz 2 years ago

      Hi henhenhen,

      Yes I did declare it; I remember submitting Form 80. I also had to submit the police clearance from Singapore (as I had been there for more than 6 months), in which I did mention again about my refusal of entry.

      I felt sick to my stomach, thinking that this incident is going to ruin my migration plans. However all went well. My advice to you is to be honest about the information you provide in the migration forms.

      Good luck with your application.

      BTW: Out of curiosity, what was the reason for your deportation in 2006? Have you ever tried to enter Singapore after that or did you ever try to contact ICA regarding this to resolve it?

    • henhenhen 2 years ago

      hi Sloz, Did you declare that you have been refused to enter Singapore to the Australian Immigration when you filled your Migration form? i'm facing dilemma, I've been deported once to enter Singapore in 2006 and currently applying PR in Australia, and they asked me have i ever been refused to enter any country. Please advise.

      Dear Terry, do you know the email or phone number of the officer that related to the deportation data check? I want to enter Singapore again, but i need to check my status before i fly there. Please advice.

    • sloz 2 years ago


      Here is my incident. This is going to be a long story; however I just wanted to explain everything in detail. I am a Sri Lankan who was legally working in Singapore for like 3 years on EP as a IT executive (for us it is on arrival visa in Sinagpore). By mid of 2010 my contract got terminated and I had to surrender my EP (which means I was on a 30 day social visit pass).

      During this period I had few interviews however didn't get any confirmed offers. Since my 30 days were coming to an end I tried the e extension to extend my stay; however it was denied. Now I had to leave Singapore.

      However since I am pretty sure that one of the interviews that I attended will work in my favour, I decided not to go back to my country , but rather go to Johor Bahru and stay there for few days and come back.

      So I booked a temporary return itinerary ticket to my country before I left to JB.

      On my way back into Singapore, I was stopped randomly by an immigration officer. They asked questions and I provided the honest answers.

      Then they asked for my return air ticket. I did mention that it is an itinerary ticket; they called the travel agency and they did tell that it was a valid ticket but that they had to cancel it as it was a tentative booking.

      Then the issue started; the immigration officer took me into interrogation to meet with the higher officer.

      I explained my situation to the officer. They went through my belongings and wallet. I did produce my driving license in Singapore, credit cards with my bank, etc.... for proof. They took photo of mine. I was told that they need to discuss this before making a decision

      (Meanwhile I was asked to stay in a locked room with CCTV camera; terrible feeling never felt bad & embarrassed in my whole life)

      After 15-30 minutes, I was told that I will not be allowed to enter Singapore & I was asked to return to JB. I pleaded and asked that I have my belongings in Singapore and to reconsider the decision. However there was no change in the decision. I asked if I am allowed to enter Singapore. I was told to write to ICA and they will decide on it.

      I was gutted. I was issued with a filled form that I had to submit when entering JB. Went back to JB & immediately wrote an email to ICA explaining my situation. I went through my passport & there were no deportation stamp on it. Then I booked my flight from KL to my country & left on the very next day.

      Back in my country, I got a reply from ICA, stating that I will need to apply for a visa through a sponsor (citizen/PR of Singapore) before I can enter back into the country

      Meanwhile I was offered the job (from one of the interviews that I attended) in Singapore. I explained my situation to the Employer and they were quite supportive. They proceeded with the EP with MOM; I was quite worried thinking my EP is going to be rejected. Anyway, I filled in the EP form (and even answered yes, to the question, have you ever been denied entry into Singapore). Within 2 hours I got a call from my employer telling that my EP is approved. I was overjoyed.

      Whole thing happened within a span of 2 to 3 days. I called ICA again to check if I am allowed to travel again into Singapore as I have the EP letter from MOM. However there is no direct yes/no answer; I was asked to apply through my sponsor to an entry visa and attach the documents. I did this with the help of my friend who was a Singapore PR.

      Meanwhile my new employer was asking on when I am coming to Singapore; I was told that I can come to Singapore with the EP approval letter. However I did tell that my situation was a bit different and I was waiting for a reply from ICA.

      I was again waiting till the lodged application to be processed (for like 1-2 weeks). I was calling ICA, & was quite frustrated and asked what if I fly tomorrow with the documents. I was told the decision is with the immigration officers at the check point and I may get arrested or deported & asked to wait till my application is processed.

      After all these, finally my friend got a letter telling that my entry was refused. There was no reason mentioned in the letter. I was truly gutted. I called ICA again and checked on how long that I can't enter; again no direct answers. I was asked to submit another application through my sponsor at the time I wish to enter the country.

      Frustrating part is that there is no higher official that you can speak to get more details; everything is handled through the customer service officers at ICA.

      I had to decline the offer and cancel my EP from the employer (I felt sorry for them & I am thankful for all the assistance that they provided within their limits)

      Meanwhile I applied for migration to Australia and got my PR. I chose to travel in beginning of 2012. Again transit is either Malaysia/Singapore. Wanted to try my luck again; wrote back again to ICA asking if I could enter Singapore on my way to Australia. As usual no direct yes/no answer; was asked to submit the application via sponsor.

      I did ask again for a concrete answer if I can do it without a sponsor or am I allowed to land in Singapore. This time around I was told that the decision is with the immigration officer at the checkpoint at the time of entering Singapore; however I am allowed to stay in the air side. I didn't want to take any risks; hence I chose to travel via Malaysia.

      Now that I have been in Australia for like 2.5 years (& about like 3.5 years from the incident day) I would like to know, what would be the possibility for me to visit Singapore for vacation or during transit.

      I don't have anyone in Singapore right now to try the sponsor option. I don't feel like writing to ICA again. Should I contact an immigration lawyer to bring it to the attention of ICA? Please help me.

    • arman 2 years ago

      hi , i got nigthmare in singapore just 4 weeks ago, my wife and myself just transfer fligth from australia to cebu, the immigration officer asked my passport then check i thougth im ok because my wife was ok to get thru, to make it short they detained me for reason 3hours, i keep asking what done wrong , indian immigration officer (lady said shut up dont ask )i strated to worry my wife waiting and no idea watch going on.scorted me to the plane but no explanation why they do that to me,my passport have one more to expired, plus im australian residence can i complain to australian government about the treatment from singapore please advise me if good or not thank you

    • thepea 2 years ago

      Hello, hope you fine, please, i am a new traveler and want to travel to Singapore. To my best of knowledge, i don't need visa to move to singapore. Since i will be given visa upon arrival(from Ghana). What do i do, do i have to buy in and return ticket or just in ticket will be ok...Thanks

    • Amy 2 years ago

      Hi Terry, I am a philippine passport holder as well, I just came back from SG holding a SVP last February 25. I am planning to go back to sg for social visit by June of this year. Will it be ok? I am just worried because last year, I stayed there in Sg for 3 months and I was asked by an IO last january 27 when I came to SG. I was asked why I have stayed that long last yeAr. I just hope that it won't affect my next trip on June.

    • Amu 2 years ago

      Hi Terry, I am a philippine passport holder as well, I just came back from SG holding a SVP last February 25. I am planning to go back to sg for social visit by June of this year. Will it be ok? I am just worried because last year, I stayed there in Sg for 3 months and I was asked by an IO last january 27 when I came to SG. I was asked why I have stayed that long last yeAr. I just hope that it won't affect my next trip on June.

    • Marie 2 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      Hope u can give me advice and tips. I'm holding a Philippine passport, i been working in Singapore for a year and holding spass permit... but my contract was ended and they give me social visit pass to stay for 30days... i have 7days left to stay so I'm planning to travel to JB, Malaysia to exit and enter again Singapore. do you think i will be in trouble, I'm worried that SG immigration will deny my entry? do they ask for a return ticket back to Philippines? thank you

    • shweta 2 years ago


      Mine is a very simple query.. my husband works in singapore.. he is not a PR.. he is on employment visa.. last nov i made an exit from singapore and came to my hometown.. after 10 days we applied for visit visa which was rejected.. my husband went down to ica along wid the pr who sponsored me.. ica officer asked to apply after 9th march.. we did so but was rejected again.. my husband went down again.. n dey asked to appeal. the officer during interview collected all the documents n asked him to resubmit them again via email. my husband n sponsor did so.. now my application is under appeal.. still waiting for result.. can anybody guide us wid the matter.. i would like to mention here few things.. i never overstayed in singapore... never even tried border hopping.. always came to my hometown for exit..

      praying hard to get a positive reply from ICA.. but still dey wont a give a proper reason wud like to get some advice so that it wud be easier in future...

    • Thiago 2 years ago

      Hello there... How are you?

      I went to Singapore from bangkok.. And they do not let me in and send me back to bangkok... How long should I wait to come back? I leave all my stuffs there... Also I got opportunity to get job as entertainment... The send me back on 13th of this month... You think is fine if I ask my friend to help me apply my entertainment pass or is better I wait?

    • Bren 2 years ago


      Holding Social Visit Pass in SG then ill go to Malaysia to visit friends. How many days do i need to stay in Malaysia before i can go back to SG?

    • Mark 2 years ago


      I have a visa going to dubai. is there any problem if i go to SG. Then Get a flight in Dubai? I have a friend also in S.G.

    • Sara Whitter 2 years ago

      I was hoping somebody could give me some advice. My friend is a South Korean citizen but has a petty theft conviction from the US. Will this prohibit him from entering Singapore?

    • liza 2 years ago

      Hi Terry! I hope you can help me i just want to know about my situation because i have a Philippine passport expiring May 3, 2014, it is just urgent i neeed to go visit my fiancé in Singapore because he is sick. Do you think i can travel Singapore i know it is needed should be a 6 months validity for my pasport. Thanks.

    • JackWitson 2 years ago

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    • kim jung 2 years ago

      I am planning to stay in singapore 90 days on entry as i need some travel and then will go to Malaysia and return back to singapore and after week back to seoul. I hold korean passport it is any trouble to reenter singapore after 90 days stay? Pls advuse..thanks.....

    • catcat 2 years ago

      Hi..i encounter the same problem..last september me and my fiancé went to phuket coz my vissa will expire..then wen we got back in sg. The imigration officer send me to the office and ask some question and get my thumb print.. and they told me i need to go back to my country..(philippines )i wanna know wen i can go back to singapore..its been 5 mons after that incident.. does anyone knows if 5mons ...is ok to vissit singapore after being refuse to enter?.. i need your help please... thank u

    • Jennifer 2 years ago

      I also looking for a job so I can have work permit and be able to stay here with my boyfriend. Where to look for jobs? I have been apply for job online jobstreet but no news until now already 6months stay in singapore I am so worried

    • Jennifer 2 years ago

      Hi I stay in singapore over 6 months but go to malaysia nonstop for groceries with my boyfriend. I hold a US passports only stay here as a tourist visit just to be with my lover. We are not planning to get marry yet but next 2 years will marry. Will singapore send me back to Usa or what should I do to stay longer

    • br 2 years ago

      i had gone to meet my gf in hongkong, as they issue visa on arrival , i had gone there without a visa , i hold indian passport, but they refused me entry inside, and alongside me there were many indians, filipinos and sri lankans we all were denied entry , when i asked the reason, they just keep laughing, and said u can't enter the hongkong at this moment this time, but u can try in future

    • vtm 2 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      I'm planning to stay in Singapore for a month. Afterwards, can I go back to EU and then re-enter to Singapore again after 5days? Will that raise any consideration for the ICA?

      Thanks alot!

    • Kylie 2 years ago

      Hi Terry!

      My friend and I are planning to go in Singapore in September. May I have your advice on how to seek a job during our 5 days stay? Thank you very much.


    • Deepak 3 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      Normally, how long does our records stored in the data base? If the Visit Visa was rejected for some unknown reason, what's the best thing to do? apply again or wait for sometime?

      Best Regards


    • cloey de guzman 3 years ago

      hi terry, i visit sg last aug 2013 and entering sg from manila i receive a 30 days chop on my passport, then 3 weeks after my stay in sg i got a online extension for another 30 days. As a curious going to Jb i went out to Jb with my friend having my return tickets going to manila. i made u turn from sg to jb and jb to sg in one day, believing that i could not experience sort of harassment with the immigration officer. During my entry in sg at the same date they hold me in wait for about a half hour then send me back to the detained office. They took all my backs all my wallets and even hand phone accusing me that i work there which is not true. They dont want to listen to me they just keep on telling that we are there for job. I told the officer that i stay there for long because of the wedding rites of my friend which is a Singaporean and have all the documents that will prove them are just a mess for them they still dont care, even the pictures i have took from sentosa are questionable believing as a tourist there we have the right to took pictures anywhere else and it would be not a deal as tourist. They keep on asking and asking but they dont believe after an hour of conversation they told me to went outdoor then escorted with another officer holding my passport, i ask them if they could send me to changi than to KL because i dont have enough ideas travelling KL at the late night of 10 pm but they send it none of there business i have money then go travel there, a small consideration for a girl they must think of any consideration for me to stay in the office even until early morning but still they did not do. They write on my passport SGP ML WA 233925 AND WHAT THOSE IT MEANS? the old officer call me telling me if i plan to come back to sg write on ica, do u think after 4 months of that scenario can i still come back to sg? how many months after can i come back? does the stamp will not affect my entry there from manila? I tried to write to ICA but no response at all regarding inquiries like this? please kindly suggest me for the possible things that i have to do to prevent same scenario happened to me.thank you and more power

    • Rony 3 years ago

      Hi Terry

      Thanks, I was planning to go in February as i have some interviews already lined up ****now confused***can i enroll for some 3 months course n travel ??? would that be safe ? i wouldn't wanna mess up this time

      could you kindly address this ?


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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      What passport do you hold? I don’t think that will be a problem. If they ask, just explain to them.

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Faye!

      Do you know the government of Singapore spends millions ensuring that their officers are well trained, what i'm trying to say is: You left for Indonesia, then left for Malay? right? according to ICA you are now entering SG for the third time within a short space, and that raises eyebrows among checkpoint officers. Back in the day they didn't mind, but of late they seem to be taking the issue quite seriously. People normally leave for Malaysia to return the same day and get another set of 90 days. In your case, you may return after a couple of months, and apply for a LTSV pass. It enables you stay in SG for year job hunting until you change to another pass

    • Belle 3 years ago

      I will be departing Australia (I have a tourist visa) for Philippines via Singapore. Since I will be in a long layover in Sg, will immigration in Sg require an exit stamp from Australia? I noticed that Oz immigration didn't stamp my entry date thus I assume they might not give an exit stamp. I am a bit worried about me being questioned in the Sg immigration. Thanks.

    • Faye 3 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      I came to Singapore around August to visit friends and my boyfriend with a 90 days tourist VISA, since I'm holding an US passport. I left Singapore to go on holiday in Indonesia with my boyfriend for three days mid September. When I came back and I was granted 90 days tourist VISA at the airport without any hassle. I continued staying in Singapore and when my 90 days was about to run out, my boyfriend and I went to Malaysia for two days. When I re-entered Singapore, I was brought to questioning and the officer gave me two days time to leave Singapore (since my tourist VISA was to expired in two day) and stamped something like "permitted to enter Singapore on Dec 15th until Dec 17th" on my passport.

      I was a bit shocked since I'm a US citizen, didn't overstay and was not doing anything illegal in the SG. I did explained this to the officer, they mentioned I might be able to apply for extension, but by then I didn't feel like dealing with the ICA people again, since they were very rude, I just left SG.

      I am now applying for work holiday visa, since I graduated last year and want to go back to Singapore to explore possible work opportunities, but most importantly to be with my boyfriend. Do you happened to know how hard it is to apply after this situation? Would they have a record of that?

      What does the stamp mean in the future whenever I enter Singapore?

      And if I were to enter again, what sort of problem would I run into and how long should I stay away from Singapore to go back?

      Thank you!

    • Rony 3 years ago

      Hi Terry

      Thanks, I was planning to go in February as i have some interviews already lined up ****now confused***can i enroll for some 3 months course n travel ??? would that be safe ? i wouldn't wanna mess up this time


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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Rony...nope you are not an immigration offender, just don't rush back into singapore else you may raise suspicions. lay low for about

      4 months

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Clifford, in Singapore produce sufficient funds plus onwards tickets and visas, you'd be good

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      Clifford Catayen 3 years ago from Cebu City

      hello terry how are you??

      i am a first timer traveller, i'm a filipino who work here in UAE and i got an offer in australia, i have some query, i will not resign here in uae and flew to australia but i stop over in singapore for 2 days and 1 night, my ticket is uae-sg-phil, and i have ticket sg to aus. my question is i can enter singapore for 2 days and 1 night? i have 2 valid visa, because i ddnt cancel my visa here in uae and i have a visa in aus. and if i enter singapore, what should i present in immigration?

    • Learose 3 years ago

      Good day sir/Maam:

      Im a first timer to be a tourist in Singapore, Ill plan to book a ticket for Package tour w/ airfare & returned ticket also me to easily & no other question on the immigration. My question was is there any problem with me as first timer with regards to immigration? Ill already have a passport but i have to plan for booking on package tour. After i read your response.

      Thank you & more power

    • Rony M 3 years ago

      Myself Roni (from india) has come to KL and later progressed to spore for 30days in SVP, and since its xmas time i wanted extend the stay applied via online as individual (mistake) got rejected and met ICA personally through a friend who is a Singaporean PR, but rejected as ICA officer told us that i need blood relatives to extend the stay, last option left being exiting country- choose batam and stayed there for 2 days(weekend) and came back while entering spore i was asked to go to ICA officer cabin room and was asked for return ticket ( had bus tick to KL and flight tick from KL to India) they wernt convinced and told me to give two thumbs bio metric and listed in BDIC list and gave permission to stay in spore for 2 more days instead of minimum 14 days.

      Sad part is i haven't got any extension (post 30 days)

      am i an immigration offender? i never overstayed - can i come to spore again as visitor/for work? will there be problem when i enter again? how long should i stay back in my native in order to have safe entry next time in SG?

      could you kindly assist


    • Joy 3 years ago

      Hi! My parents came last Saturday however, they were denied entry because they forgot to bring copy of their return ticket. Actually, they came to Singapore last Sept via SQ, however, since my family and i are going to Australia for holidays, we decided to let them go back to Phils on the same week that we went to Oz, via. cebu pac. To cut the story short, they forgot their return ticket to Manila (sq) as they flew via cebu pac. When they came to spore immigration, they asked for their return ticket however, they cannot show them since they left it at home. With this, they were refused entry into singapore. I called the duty officer and asked if they can come into singapore again after what happened. But, when i called their main ofc, the operator officer said that i better wait for the approval letter before they can come back to Singapore. I am totally confused on what to do. Can advise me? I reaaly need them to come here to look after my 2 kids until i find a replacement for my househelp. Thanks!

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Well since he's already in Singapore it shouldn't be an issue, and besides they normally store records for about 4 months before clearing you. He'd rather tick 'no'. I did the same and landed my EP pass scot-free

    • jemai 3 years ago

      Hi! Are you holding a work pass or are you already a PR?

      My husband experience the same as you, but it was his first time to travel way back 2009. Now we are both here in Singapore. I got him a dependant pass. But now, his company applied him an S pass, now my question is do he need to tick on the declaration the refuse of entry yes?


    • Deepak 3 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      Yes. He does have good stands than me. I remember now that I checked the deported/rejected visa status with a tick mark. Though I never been deported from Singapore or from any other country! Is that also could be a reason? If so, I believe they could find my complete record in their system.

      Sure Jeff. Please refer me some professional agents who can carry out the business or any suitable visa for me. You can reach me at deepak.ss.sharma@gmail.com

      Thank you

      Best Regards


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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Well Jeff that will only depend on the Immigration officer. Normally guys at Johor Barhu are less stringent than those at Changi. Go for it, you lose nothing.

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Deepak

      The reason why your US friend enters SG easily is because his passport states that he's a US resident, and clearly someone like that is in better standing than you an Indian resident.

      On the application form, you may be asked if you've ever been deported. Well in this case you haven't been. And one other thing is, MOM processes work permits, approves them and the ICA just gives you the stamp. I can refer you to several agents that can process your documentation and you'll get a specific pass that enables you to enter Singapore for business. With the amount you have, it shouldn't be an issue cos after everything else, it all comes down to your money

    • jeff 3 years ago

      Hi Terryzade,

      Thanks for the reply, another thing, how about if I stay out for 5 days or 1 week? Is it possible or I do need to stay out at least a month also like what you advised?

      Thanks again.

    • Deepak 3 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      Thank you for the reply. the other director who is a major shareholder is an Indian passport holder and resident of US for the past 20 years. He was also flying to Singapore very frequently and didn't get any problems. I am just a foreign director. We go to Singapore mainly to negotiate deals, sign contracts, talk to the clients or service providers.

      We also filing annual tax returns and we do not have any compliant from ACRA on our business activities.

      As you advised me to apply for entre pass, do they still consider my visit visa rejection status for the Entre pass as well?

      Thank you

      Best Regards


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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Jeff

      For Malaysians it shouldn't be a problem as SG and MY have bilateral agreements. You don't need to stay out for 5 months, but say a month or so. That will prove you are not working in SG

    • jeff 3 years ago

      Hi Terryzade,

      I just want to ask, I already stayed in singapore for 60days and living with my cousin there. I'm planning to find a job there and get a work permit so I can stsy and live there. My questions is, how long do I need to stay out from singapore before I can go back in again? I heard 1 of my friend said I need to stay at least 5 days then I can enter singapore again. Is it true or do I need to stay out for 5 months? By the way, I'm a Malaysian. Thanks

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Deepak

      I'll get straight to the point. Travelling to Indonesia or Malaysia in order to return to Singapore with a new entry visa is known as border hopping and frowned upon by immigration authorities. It was done in the past, but the trend is known, it will be harder if you carry an Indian passport than say a British. If Indonesia has grant you entry chances are SG would have denied u entry, sent you to Indonesia and you'd become Indonesia's problem.

      Now regarding your visa refusal, it is illegal in Singapore to run a business, work or take part in any paid activity without a pass issued by MOM. And your regular visits there, bank statements etc are evident that you are performing paid activities in SG. I believe they scrutinized your details and noted the same notion. After all they are well trained to know what's going on. Coming to SG every time, border hopping to indonesia are all traits of a person who's not a genuine tourist bt one performing activities.

      Attorney or not, SG is not like UK where you can fight the government. What an ICA officer says is final and no on opposes cs the government backs them fully. You can't win a court case to enter singapore as an alien, not possible.

      My advise would be, since you are a director with money, get an Entre Pass, with your funds it should be easy

    • Deepak 3 years ago

      Hi Everyone,

      I have been travelling to Singapore since 2009 at least once a year. usually on tourist visa. Never overstayed. In 2012, I started a small tech firm in Singapore with my sister who's a PR in Singapore as a Local director.

      Since then, my trips to Singapore was increased. But never stayed there for more than 30 days in a single visit. I use to go to Bangkok, HongKong, India on business. I made a turnover of around 1M USD in 1 year.

      In 2012 July, I was staying in Singapore. I do have an entry permit for another 30 days. But my visa expires ( the chop on the passport) in 2 days. So, I thought of going to Batam and return back to Singapore after the holiday.

      I booked hotel in Batam for two nights, I do have a return ticket, Valid Passport. As I hold an Indian Passport, we do have access to Visa on Arrival to Indonesia.

      I left Singapore to Batam on the last ferry. When I reached Batam, the immigration officer asked me to follow him to a room along with couple of other guys. I was shocked to hear this. I travelled so many countries and never faced such a problem.

      I was waiting there for 1 hr and no officer attended me . Finally one guy came and asked me why you are coming to Batam. I said, I was coming for a holiday. I showed him the return ticket, Hotel booking and everything.

      They asked what I do in Singapore. I said I do have a Software firm there. Trying to develop the business. They told me " you are coming to Batam to extend your Singapore Visa". I said "So what? How that would of your concern? I am doing a legitimate business and my presence is required in Singapore. Whether I am here for a visa extension or for a vacation. It should be of the Singapore's concern".

      They asked me 500US to let me in . I denied to pay 500$ as all I have is 300$. They denied my entry in to Indonesia, made me sleep all the night in the same ferry that I came from Singapore and I returned back to SG in the same ferry.

      At the Singapore Immigration, the Singapore officer checked my passport. She noticed that there was no chop (Arrival and Departure) by Indonesia. They questioned me. I told them the whole thing that was happened earlier night. I showed them my company papers, bank accounts everything. Without any problem, they gave me 30 days chop.

      After that I returned back to India from Singapore in August, 2012. As I do not have any work since then, I never applied visa to SG.

      But in March/April, 2013. I wanted to go to Singapore to conduct audits of my business as I have to do annual filing. I am the only available director and Authorized signatory of the Bank accounts.

      My friend who's a PR there and living since 7 years, applied visa for me. The ICA rejected without any reason. He applied again after 3 weeks. They rejected on the second occasion as well. As I do not have any choice, I got my work done by means of another way( I travelled to JB, asked my auditor to come to JB and did our work).

      Again, last week, I got an emergency meeting to attend in Singapore. When I applied for the visa through the authorized travel agent in India, they denied again my request. I was shocked. I applied after 8 months and still they are rejecting. I do not know what to do. I really have no idea what could be the reason and as far as my knowledge, I never every done anything wrong in and out of Singapore.

      I thought that the Indonesian incident could be the reason. But I feel like I am totally lost and very disappointed.

      Shall I contact the either Singapore Embassy or ICA through an Attorney? Or shall I contact the Singapore Embassy in India directly.

      I request to all of you to kindly advise me.

      Thank you in Advance

      Best regards


    • Fys 3 years ago

      I also experienced this treatment, as i'm holding a tw pr, planning of seeking a job in Singapore since it's closer to my country, i have had some interview with taiwanese companies and some of them looking to develop asian market and i persuade them to open their rep office in singapore as a window to apac countries. I said everything good about Singapore, but with recent experience, i don't think i can be as positive as before for the treatment i received in sing, anyway i'm going back to taiwan and i still wish that the reputation of sing not being wrecked by some unresponssible people that makes me feel humiliated like never before, even i didn't receive such treatment when i entered us.

    • rey 3 years ago

      hello terryzade

      Im planning to go Malaysia but Ive not have a visa...is it ok to travel?and I so scared of what interview they will ask me for Immigration..

      can I get tip for you???

      thankz in advance :) please help me

    • wadi 3 years ago

      hi terry... i have problem same with u 2 yers ago, and my passport stamp with S1, i dunno what is that mean... if i wanna go to singapore again, can i entry to that country cos i have tried last december and still cannot entry to spore...

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Ariane

      If you have a visa to dubai, and ticket from Dubai to Manila then you shouldn't have any issues with BKK. However ensure that you have enough funds, especially in USD.

    • ariane 3 years ago

      Oh my apologies. I thought you understand tagalog. I'm holding a Philippine Passport. And yes I already have my tourist visa to Dubai, but haven't purchased my ticket yet, It should be manila-dubai-manila, but since im flying to other countries, I'm going to base my departure to Dubai in the country of my final destination. I'm flying to SG with RT tickets Manila-SG-Manila for 4 days, I'll be in SG for 2 days, a day in Malaysia (train), then fly to Bangkok for 2 days with one way ticket AirAsia KL-BKK. I have a problem in entering bangkok, lets say I'm planning to fly straight from BKK to Dubai? Can I just buy a one way ticket to BKK and show my ticket to Dubai as my onward travel or exit ticket to their country? or I still need to buy RT tickets BKK-kuala lumpur-BKK and just use my bkk-dubai-manila when departing from bkk?

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Ariane i'm not really getting your question here, especially most of the non English phrases. What passport do you hold as this has a huge effect, and do you have your visa to dubai in check?

    • ariane 3 years ago

      hi there its me again, btw my ticket for 5days SG-MANILA-SG I really need you advice and help. please. thanks again

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Kris

      What a predicament you had, but at least with some help from your friend you managed to enter Indonesia.

      First of all, Singapore and Indonesia have disputes and its quite normal for visitors to get sent back, i was too. Seeing that you are arrived around 10pm from Jakarta i'm assuming you used Qatar Airways.

      Anyway to cut the long story short, Immigration officers can deny you entry at their discrepancy and will not give you any reasons. They also won't hand you back your passport and ensure you are escorted to your seat. Older officers are generally rude and won't even respond to a friendly greeting.

      My advice is that DO NOT return to singapore for a period of about 5 months, even then you may still be subject to some questions. As long as your pass is not valid or has expired they can refuse you entry. If you return to SG soon, you'll be flagged as your name will still be visible and that will land you into more trouble.

      Stay in Jkt and get in touch with your landlord because up until your pass is renewed, entering earlier than 4 months is trouble. You are basically a visitor now and if you frequent travelling to SG without a pass considering you are Vietnamese then you are bound to fall into trouble.

      Wait for your pass approval then fly to SG or just wait for that time to oversea the waiting period. Email me at terryjosie at g mail dot com if you need any more info.

    • Kris 3 years ago

      Hi Terry,

      I was googling reject to singapore as I m on the same boat , I completely understand how to u feel, as it just happened to be 3 months ago, I used to. To study in singapore for 4 years . Last year i finished my school , and on and off , I always back n forth in singapore , waiting for my student pass in 2010 and 2011 ( cause they ussually they give 2 or 1 year each each pass ) .... There couple months between , I been back and forth though jb custom , I never have any problem , sometimes even , 2 times continuous ...I always dress properly , good manner , speak good enough English ( i hold a Vietnamese passport but study in international high school) .

      This year I went back to vietnam for a month from singapore , when I went back to singapore , I got chopped I stayed for 3 days cause need to attend a friend wedding in Jakarta , I stay in Jakarta for 10 days , after that, I back in singapore ....my friend book for me the night ticket, I arrived in sg 1o pm. That when all my nightmare started ....the airport is quiet so I guess they have more tiem check on my passport, the officer said I need to go to room , they questioning me and keep asking why I. Staying in singapore so long on and off . I said I been staying here for years and hold student pass here . I was carrying 500 usd cash, and two way ticket back to Vietnam in 10 days , the officer is female who rude and very annoying when taking ( I been interagating before 3 times during many times back and forth in JB , but I explained all young officers, they at least listen and always let me go in the end ) this time this is old auntie . She rude and keep using annoying tone and speaking chinese to other officer , and just don't wanna listen ..... , was hold for hours, sitting I a room . Scared and panic .... I even pass my fiends phone number and who local and work for government firm . She just don't bother .... No explanation nothing . They just ask me to sit there ...For 2 hours. I even use my ipad show them my email form the school that I have some refunding from my last course and will apply for new studen pass... I told them my rent house , my money , my bank account all in is singapore, all my important papers , even my cloths as I only bring cloths for one week in Jakarta ....Is still no use .... After 3 hours , of panic and scare , they ask me go with another office to another terminal , no explain what nor where I m going ...this officer is young and nicer , so he make conversation , I ask where I m m going , he said go her room they keep all rejected and deported me back to jakarta . All my hope is gone .... He was nice n talking to me ,I explain to him, he seem understand and ask if I explained to officer just now my reason ....I said yes , but no use. I ask how long it take when I can go back to singapore , he said 4 months this should be ok, but I better need to check to the Embassy before I want to go back , he tried to cheer me up and said it s ok.... Also he said I need to pay for few hours in the doom room cause earlier fight is 7 am, I said I only have usd ... He was nice enough to said , let just declare I have no money so it s ok , I ask if it affect anything next time i go back , he said no .....I was escort to the room, there'd 10 bunk bed filled it people sleeping , mostly from china and India , for the first time in my life I feel like I in prison... I can't even sleep , scared and so can't help but feeling worthless .

      My flight is 7 am , they escort me to the gate , guard like some terrorist , they don't even give back my passport , even escort me to plane ... They give the passport to the air Stewart , and not giving back to me ... I feel shameful , and give me the last seat to plan, and feeling people staring at me like some criminal . flight took off , reached Jakarta I thought my nightmare over , but another one just begin.... Eventually they not given me back my passport to go to jakarta custom like normal people ( as I don't need visa to enter Indonesia ) they escort me to custom, now another nightmare begins , same process , as they asking why I got reject and questioning me for another few hours.... And here in indo , they all for money ,my phone is not working out of battery , they rudely question me ... In the end they don't let me stay , reject me to get in and ask me to buy ticket back to Vietnam, with 3 times the price normally ,.....I got refused to enter twice in a day...... I ask to Make a call to my firend and ask her to buy online ticket .... She was so shock hearin me as she was sending me to jakarta AirPort last night.... I explained , and she said she take care of it .... I was kept for another 4 hours , then a few fone call back and forth with my firen from the borrowed phone, In the end she said her dad can take care of it .... I said pls don't pay any money to them,they just wanna make difficulty got earn money ......i M so tired and just book Eme ticket home, she said all flight need to transit in singapore ..... Maybe I get in trouble again ,she said give her some time to call her dad, Half an hour later..... She called and said , her dad arrange it ... It s ok now, here in indo , they work in differently , money and connection , her dad in export and import business so he know all connection, they escort me back in custom office , this time differently as they know I know someone . They happy chop me and given me 30 days , escort me out of airport , even mention my friend name as she call them personally.....so after 12 hours of being locked, humiliated, scared and panic .,,, I finally wall out, when I thought all nightmare over , my checking luggage is gone ....from sg back to jakarta is gone ( and I read. Out there same thing happened to someone who reject enter sg and sent back to KL, the luggage is missing when she reached kl) I guess luggage of rejected customer is not as important as "normal" customer , and the worst is I can't even claim it from airline .....cause their luggage sticker stick on my Passort was missing , it was there when I arrived passort when I arrived in sg, was gone after it passed back to me , somewhere in sg custom or all the way back in Jakarta , ) my friend wait for me as the gate , we hug and it s all over , end of my 16 hours of nightmare , and I still couldn't believe all happened in just last night . And in hardship ,there is that silver lining of friendship and someone being there when u needed, I feel lucky and fortunate having my friend with me

      Now I scared and don't know when I can go back to singapore , as I wanna take my money and apply for new pass, I scared of traveling now..... My house i still paying rent and not even living there, I can't even move out cause I need to be there to do so. And all my things are there

      Terry pls pls , can u tell me after what happened to u, when did u back to singapore, after how many months? Did u apply before u go ? U working now in singapore, how to solve the problem ? Pls pls i m very scared now.

    • sammy 3 years ago

      hi terry, thank you very much, very clear information from you, i hope i can go thru' immigration, thanks!

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hey Sammy, don't worry about things that happened 2yrs ago. The system doesn't know about you anymore nd DO NOT TICK on the prohibited entry cos u wr not but just denied entry. Carry ur return ticket, dress well, carry cash in USD or SGD nd speak good English, u'll be through in seconds. Trust me i've been through the worst

    • sammy 3 years ago

      hi terry, i experience bad incident like you, exactly 2 years ago, june,

      may i ask you something? after you denied entry by sg, how can you go back there? need to apply appeal letter? at D/E card, need to tick "yes" at question "whether you've been prohibited to entering sg?", coz next year i just planning to enter again, just for tourist, and i don't know what i must prepare..

      oh yeah i haven't told you, last time they denied my entry because they suspect me as frequent visitors and spent too many times in sg than my country.

      please help me for the information, thanks

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Yes i since returned and i've been living there for over 4 years

    • Naina 3 years ago

      Hi hav u got a chance to enter singapore again after that bad incident.

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      Terryzade 3 years ago

      Hi Raemell01, sure you can go ahead. what happened?

    • Raemell01 3 years ago

      Hi! I've read your post. I want to ask some questions if you don't mind. I'll wait for your reply because I experienced it also yesterday and i was given another 7 days extension to leave this country, Singapore.

      many thanks!

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      Terryzade 5 years ago

      Yeah that is a very bad experience. Yep all immigration authourities always reasons best known to themselves. Fortunately in Singapore they don't put sny stamp on your passport for entry denial, they enter your details into their system and make a print out which will be given to the airline and the immigration department of the respective country you are being sent to.

      They only state that i was ineligible under current immigration regulations, but of course we all know there was more to that.

      I hold a Zimbabwean passport and i'm only 24. what an experience for a first timmer!

    • francisid 5 years ago

      that indeed is a traumatic experience.imagine being an outcast in a foreign country,who would want that?what are their reasons for denying you entry anyway?and what's your nationality?

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